The German authorities have imposed restrictions based on the traveller’s country of residence, and have decided to permit restriction-free entry for certain EU/Schengen Area and several other countries.
Conversely, the country continues to keep in place strict restrictions for hundreds of countries due to the pandemic situation.
Travelers from which countries are permitted to enter Germany?
Based on the data provided by the German Federal Ministry of Interior, Building and Home Affairs, entry to Germany is permitted to European Union Member States and Schengen-associated countries, including Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.
Travellers from the EU and Schengen Area countries placed on the “high incidence areas” list must register online and provide a negative COVID-19 test result carried within 48 hours before arrival in Germany. Additionally, they will be required to stay self-isolated for ten days.
Travellers from EU and Schengen Area countries placed in the “risk areas” are subject to the same restrictions as those mentioned above.
Travellers who can provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or proof of recovery are allowed to skip testing & quarantine requirements.
For those who are required to provide a negative PCR test, the result should not be older than 72 hours. The testing certificate is recognized if available in either German, English, French, Italian, or Spanish.
For vaccinated persons, the vaccination certificate is recognised in the same languages. The approved vaccine doses by Germany include Comirnaty, Moderna, Vaxzevria, and Janssen, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
In addition, based on the EU Council’s recommendation, travellers from the following third countries and regions are allowed to enter Germany restriction-free:
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- China (subject to reciprocity)
“Residents of other non-EU countries are only permitted to enter Germany if they serve in an important role or if they have an urgent need to travel or if they are fully vaccinated,” the Ministry’s statement notes.
Even though Germany now allows more non-vaccinated travellers from third countries to enter its territory for tourism purposes, the UK has been left out due to widespread of delta variant.
Arrivals from highly affected countries:
In order to make a simpler distinction between COVID-19 affected countries, Germany has established a system that separates countries and regions into different areas, more precisely into virus variant areas and high-risk areas.
“As of 1 August 2021, risk areas only distinguish between two categories: High-risk areas and areas of variants of concern. The category of “basic” risk area no longer applies. The cessation of the “basic” risk area category does not mean that there is no longer any risk of infection during stays in these areas. An appreciably increased risk of infection currently exists worldwide,” the statement of the German authorities reads.
The following EU/EEA countries are currently part of Germany’s high-risk list:
- France, including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy, French Guiana, French Polynesia, New Caledonia
- Norway – Oslo, Viken
All persons wishing to enter Germany after staying for more than ten days in a high incidence of virus variant area are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result, proof of vaccination against the virus, or proof of recovery. Nonetheless, certain exceptions apply to persons who have travelled through high-risk areas without making a stop.
If travelling using air transportation, a negative Coronavirus test result should be provided before departure and another one upon entry. The airlines are responsible for checking the negative test result documentation before departure. The same rules also apply to those travelling by train, bus, or ferry.
Travellers who have stayed in a risk area are also required to fill in a digital entry registration form and carry the received confirmation code.
In addition, all travellers from high-risk areas and virus variant areas must register online and prove their registration upon their arrival in Germany. They are also required to download the Corona-Warn App and will be subject to health screening as soon as they enter German territory.
Who is required to be quarantined?
The quarantine requirement in Germany applies to all persons who have stayed in a high-risk area, or a virus variant area within the last ten days. Everyone coming from these areas is obliged to go to their accommodation immediately after arrival and stay self-isolated for ten days. However, those coming from virus variant areas have to stay self-isolated for 14 days instead of ten.
The quarantine period can be ended earlier for those entering Germany from a high-risk area if they present a negative COVID-19 test result taken on or after the fifth day of self-isolation.
During the self-isolation period, no one is allowed to leave their accommodation or receive visitors.
Nonetheless, the following categories of people are exempt from the quarantine requirement:
- Those who travelled through high risk or high incidence areas without making any stopovers
- Those travelling using the territory of Germany as a transit country
- Persons who have stayed in a risk area for less than 24 hours or who leave Germany within 24 hours of entry
It should be noted that travel restrictions in individual states of Germany differ from one another, and they can change at any time. Thus, the authorities suggest that everyone does their own research before deciding to travel to different parts of Germany. Entry conditions and quarantine requirements are also applied differently in other parts of the country.
Germany’s EU digital COVID-19 passport:
Germany joined the EU gateway successfully on May 10 after passing the technical tests. Weeks ahead of the July roll-out program across the bloc. On June 1, Germany started issuing the first vaccination certificates for travelers.
“EU citizens are looking forward to travelling again, and they want to do so safely. Having an EU certificate is a crucial step on the way,” Commissioner of EU Stella Kyriakides said in this regard.
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