EU-wide entry restrictions remain in force. For Germany, these restrictions are issued by the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community (BMI). Please check with the BMI prior to your trip to find out what regulations apply specifically with regard to the country from which you plan to enter Germany.
In principle, entry is possible from:
- EU member states
- states associated with Schengen: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
- other countries from which entry is possible in light of the epidemiological situation assessment by the EU.
Entry from any other country for any purpose (including visits and tourism) is only possible for fully vaccinated people. The vaccination must have taken place with one or different vaccines approved by the European Union with at least two doses. In countries outside the European Union equivalent vaccines may be used. A list of these vaccines is available here.
For people not yet vaccinated entry from other countries is only possible in exceptional cases and is conditional on there being an urgent need.
If the entry restrictions mentioned above allow entry to Germany, with regard to the pandemic the following regulations apply:
The German government classifies countries with widespread occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 virus variants of concern as so-called areas of variant of concern. The list of areas of variant of concern is available on the website of the Robert Koch-Institute.
Travellers that have stayed in an area of variant of concern within ten days prior to their entry to Germany must observe special regulations. A travel ban applies for these areas. Transport companies may not transport any persons from these countries to Germany unless exceptions apply. Travellers are required to register before entry, provide a negative PCR-test result and quarantine for 14 days. Detailed requirements are specified below.
For travellers entering from other countries (no prior stay in an area of variant of concern) no special requirements apply on entry. In particular, neither registration nor a negative test result are necessary.
Travel bans from countries affected by coronavirus variants
A travel ban is in place for countries with widespread occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 virus variants of concern (referred to as areas of variant of concern). Transport companies, e.g. air carriers and railway companies, may not transport any persons from these countries to Germany. There are only a few, strictly defined exceptions to this travel ban, namely for:
- German citizens and persons who are resident in Germany with a current right to reside in the country, as well as their spouses, partners (if entering Germany from outside the EU or the United Kingdom / Northern Ireland: only partners living in the same household) and minor children
- persons catching a connecting flight who do not leave the transit zone of a passenger airport and
- few other special cases.
Persons qualifying for these exceptions must nevertheless complete a digital entry registration before entering the country, undergo mandatory testing or provide proof of immunity, and comply with the applicable quarantine regulations for travellers entering the country. Further information is provided below.
Travellers can find more information about the travel ban on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community (BMI),the website of the Federal Ministry of Health and this information leaftlet. The list of areas of variant of concern is published on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.
Travellers who have visited a area of variant of concern in the last ten days must register at www.einreiseanmeldung.de before arriving in Germany and carry proof of registration with them upon entry. Exemptions to this registration requirement apply in particular to persons who
- have only passed through an area of variant of concern without a stopover,
- are only passing through Germany, or
- in the case of border traffic: persons who have spent less than 24 hours in an area of variant of concern or are only entering Germany for a period of up to 24 hours.
cross-border commuters and border crossers as specified on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health
If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.
Persons over the age of 12 who have stayed in an area of variant of concern in the ten days prior to their entry to Germany, are obliged to carry proof of their COVID‑19 status when entering Germany. They must present a negative PCR test result: a rapid antigen test or proof of recovery or vaccination is not sufficient. As a rule, COVID‑19 test results must not be more than 48 hours old at the time of the (planned) entry. However, if entering Germany with a carrier (e.g. an airline), PCR tests may be taken a maximum of 48 hours before the (scheduled) start of the journey (e.g. departure time).
Travellers who are only transferring at an airport in Germany are also required to present proof of their COVID‑19 status. This applies both to non-Schengen transit from or to third countries outside the EU and to transit from or to Schengen states.
The negative test result, proof of recovery or proof of vaccination must be shown to the carrier for examination prior to departure. Only in the case of cross-border rail travel or cross-border short sea transport may the relevant documentation be presented during transit. Proof must also be shown to the German border authorities upon entry if requested.
More detailed information is available on the website of the Federal Minsitry of Health.
Quarantine regulations for entries from areas of variant of concern
A requirement to self-isolate is in place in Germany pursuant to the Federal Ministry of Health’s Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations.
Under the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations, persons entering Germany following a stay in an area of variant of concern in the last ten days must
- proceed directly to their destination following entry and
- self-isolate there for 14 days (quarantine).
During this quarantine, travellers may not leave the house or flat or receive guests.
Quarantine ends automatically if the relevant country is no longer classified as an area of variant of concern.
Exemptions from the requirement to quarantine:
Exemptions from the requirement to quarantine apply to persons who:
have merely passed through an area of variant of concern without a stopover,
are only passing through Germany and leaving the country via the fastest route available,
in the case of border traffic from areas of variant of concern: persons who have spent less than 24 hours in a risk area or are only entering Germany for a period of up to 24 hours,
are cross-border commuters and border crossers as specified on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health with the proviso that the work they carry out is urgently required and critical to maintaining operational procedures.
How to conduct yourself when in Germany?
Mouth and nose must be covered aboard any public transport. Masks must fulfill the requirements of FFP2.
If travellers develop symptoms associated with COVID-19 (coughing, a runny nose, sore throat or fever) they should get in touch by phone with a doctor or contact the hotline 116 117. Often travel guides or hotels can also help in such cases. Travellers should keep the contact details of their home country’s embassy or consulate in Germany in case they need to contact them.
Extensive information in English and other languages on current regulations is available here.
A overview on what to do to help protect yourself and others is available here:
Watch out for local regulations
Measures for fighting the spread of COVID-19 are subject to local regulation.
The international advice on reducing the spread of COVID-19 should be followed. This includes washing hands regularly and thoroughly with soap for 20-30 seconds, sneezing into the elbow or the quick disposal of handkerchieves or tissues, keeping a distance from other people and avoiding shaking hands. Further information and details can be found on the World Health Organization’s Website.
Where possible, travel should be reduced and public transport avoided to further reduce the risk of infection.
Where to find more information
More information is available from the following institutions: