Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, entry restrictions from many countries are in place in Germany. When entering from at-risk areas, electronic registration, coronavirus testing and quarantine are mandatory, regardless of the provisions of the relevant federal state.
Measures to combat COVID-19:
From November 2, 2020 to approximately March 7, 2021, according to the decision of the Federal Government and the governments of the lands, hotels and other places of residence are allowed to provide accommodation only for the necessary trips. Offers to stay overnight during tourist trips are generally prohibited. Therefore, a visa for tourist purposes will be possible only in exceptional cases.
Federal states are responsible for implementing the settlement. Therefore, the possibility of travel in a particular case depends on the settlement of the federal state to which you travel.
Prohibition of transportation from countries where virus mutations have been detected
The ban applies to shipments from countries with a high prevalence of mutated viruses (so-called regions with variants of viruses).
Transport companies, such as air or rail carriers, are not allowed to transport people from these countries to Germany. Transportation is possible only in very limited exceptional cases, in particular
- for persons residing and entitled to reside in Germany,
- for persons who only make transfers in transit zones of airports and
- in several other special cases.
According to the explanations to the relevant order, German citizens who do not live in Germany, as well as accompanying members of their families should not be denied transportation.
Even in these exceptional cases, it is necessary to digitally register the entry and pass the COVID-19 test before entering. You will find more information below.
For more information on the travel ban, travelers can find it on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and on the website of the Ministry of Health. The list of regions with virus variants is published on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.
General entry restrictions
In Germany, there are restrictions on entry from many countries, which are decided by the Federal Ministry of the Interior of Germany. Before traveling, please read the information on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior to find out which regulations apply to the country from which you enter Germany.
As a rule, it is possible to enter from:
- EU member states;
- associate members of the Schengen area: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein;
- other countries from which entry is permitted on the basis of an EU assessment of the epidemiological situation.
Entry from other countries is possible only in exceptional cases. An urgent need is a must.
Electronic entry registration
Travelers who have been at risk, in an area with a high number of infections or in an area with different strains of coronavirus for 10 days before entering Germany must register at www.einreiseanmeldung.de and have with them before arriving in Germany. confirmation of registration at entry.
There are no exceptions to this obligation for travelers who have previously been in an area with different strains of coronavirus. In the case of other risk areas and areas with a high number of infections, certain exceptions are possible. First of all, such exceptions apply to persons who have just passed the risk zone in transit without a temporary stop in it.
If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to register the entry digitally, travelers must instead fill out a replacement notice form in paper form.
Mandatory entrance testing
Travelers who have reached the age of 6 and who have been in an area with a high number of infections or in an area with different strains of coronavirus for the last 10 days before entering Germany must obtain and carry the results of a coronavirus test before entering. SARS-CoV-2, to present them on request to the responsible authorities at the entrance, as well as if necessary to transport companies before the start of further travel.
Travelers who have been in other risk areas (not in an area with a large number of infections and not in an area with different strains of coronavirus) in the last 10 days before entering Germany are required to be tested for COVID-19 no later than 48 hours after entry into the Federal Republic of Germany and provide the relevant institutions at their request.
The list of areas with a large number of cases of infection, areas with different strains of coronavirus and other risk areas is published on the website of the Institute of Infectious Diseases. Robert Koch.
In any case, the COVID-19 test must be completed a maximum of 48 hours before entry (the time of scraping). Test results are provided electronically or in writing in German, English or French. The details of the test requirements for travelers can be found on the website of the Institute of Infectious Diseases. Robert Koch. Test results should be kept for at least 10 days after entry.
For travelers entering from areas with different coronavirus strains, there are no exceptions to this regulation. In the case of transit from areas with a high number of infections and other risk areas, in certain circumstances, exemptions from the obligation to register entry, test and quarantine are allowed. This includes transit without a temporary stay at risk before entering Germany, as well as fast transit through Germany, for example, with confirmation of further flights to non-EU countries.
Regardless of the results of the quarantine test, it is mandatory under the provisions of the relevant federal state.
Detailed information on the Entry Regulations and mandatory testing can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.
In Germany, quarantine rules are adopted by each federal state separately. Federal states develop their quarantine provisions on the basis of standard regulations.
As the new model regulations contain significant changes, please read the quarantine / testing regulations applicable in the federal state to which you are going before you enter; Information on this can be found on the website of the Land Ministries of Health or the Senate. See below.
According to the new standard regulations, the following requirements apply:
When entering Germany with a previous stay in a risk area, an area with a high number of infections or an area with different strains of coronavirus during the last 10 days, you must:
before arrival register via the website: www.einreiseanmeldung.de and have confirmation of this, before or immediately after entry to be tested for the presence of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, immediately after entering Germany to go directly to the destination, to carry out there home isolation for 10 days (quarantine).
Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health
Preliminary stay in the risk zone is considered to be staying at any time during the last 10 days before entry.
The determining factor is whether the area was marked as a risk area at the time of entry into Germany (ie not necessarily during the stay).
The obligation of home isolation does not apply to transit. However, in this case you are obliged to leave Germany in the near future. The settlement of federal lands is decisive.
Exception: the presence of a negative test result after 5 days
According to current land regulations, a 10-day quarantine can be terminated no earlier than 5 days after entry by submitting a negative test for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection.
Source: Website of the German Embassy in Ukraine