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Information on entry restrictions and quarantine regulations in Germany

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions are in place for entry into Germany from a large number of countries. Those entering Germany from risk areas must complete a digital entry registration form, be tested for coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the Land in question, self-isolate.


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Entry restrictions

For Germany, travel restrictions apply for entry from a large number of countries. These are issued by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community. Please check with the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (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 due to the epidemiological situation assessment by the EU.

Entry from any other country is only possible in exceptional cases and is conditional on there being urgent need.

Digital entry registration

Travellers who have visited a risk area, high incidence area or virus variant area in the last ten days before entering Germany must register at www.einreiseanmeldung.de before arriving in Germany and carry proof of registration with them upon entry.

This obligation always applies to those entering the country who have previously stayed in virus variant areas. Certain exceptions apply for previous stays in other risk areas and high incidence areas. In particular, those who have only passed through a risk area and have not had a stopover there are exempt.

If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.


Substitute registration for entry into Germany in further languages

Travellers can find more information in a fact sheet as well as on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.


Test requirement on entry

Travellers aged six years or older who have been in a high incidence area or in a virus variant area in the past ten days prior to entry into Germany must carry proof that they have been tested for infection with SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus with them upon entry and present it to the competent authorities upon request and, if necessary, to the transport company prior to travelling.

Travellers who have visited any other risk area (neither high incidence area nor virus variant area) during the ten days prior to entry into Germany must be in possession of a test result no later than 48 hours after entry and present it to the competent authorities upon request.

The lists of high incidence areas, virus variant areas and other risk areas are published on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.

The test must have been performed no more than 48 hours prior to entry (time of swabbing). Proof of the test result must be on paper or in an electronic document in English, French or German. Travellers can find details regarding the test requirements on the website of the Robert Koch Institute. The test result must be kept for at least ten days after entry.

No exceptions can be made for entry from virus variant areas. Those in transit from high-incidence areas and other risk areas are exempt from registration, testing and quarantine requirements under certain circumstances. This includes transit through a risk area without a stopover prior to entering Germany as well as transit through Germany via the fastest route, e.g. with a confirmed onward flight to a third country.

Regardless of the test result, there is a quarantine obligation in accordance with the regulations of the respective Land.

Travellers can find more information on entry regulations and testing requirements on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

Quarantine regulations

In Germany, the individual Länder are responsible for quarantine regulations. The Länder have put in place their own regulations on the basis of a specimen regulation.

Since the new specimen regulation contains significant changes, we ask that prior to entering a Land you read the regulations on quarantine and testing carefully that apply to your specific destination. By entering the post code of your destination you can find the contact information of your competent local health office using the following Website: https://tools.rki.de/PLZTool/en-GB

Quarantine regulation

In Germany, the individual Länder are responsible for quarantine regulations. The Länder have put in place their own regulations on the basis of a specimen regulation.

Since the new specimen regulation contains significant changes, we ask that, prior to entering a Land, you read the regulations on quarantine and testing carefully that apply to your specific destination; more information is available on the websites of the Senate Departments or Ministries of Health of the Länder. Please see the additional information below. 

Quarantine regulation

According to the new specimen regulation, the following applies as a rule:

Upon entry to Germany following a stay in a risk area, high incidence area or virus variant area within the last ten days, you must

Travellers can find further information on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.


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A stay in a risk area means a stay in the area concerned at any point within 10 days prior to entry.

What counts is whether the area was classified as a risk area at the time of entry (i.e. not necessarily at the time of the stay).

Exception: transit

The obligation to self‑isolate does not apply in the case of transit through Germany. In this case, however, you are obliged to leave Germany immediately. The regulations of the Länder apply.

Exception: negative test result after five days

The ten-day quarantine can, according to the applicable regulations of the Länder, be terminated at the earliest after the fifth day following entry with a negative test result for infection with coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

Regulations in the Länder

You can find information regarding the quarantine regulations of the Länder by clicking on the links below:

Baden-Württemberg

Bavaria

Berlin

Brandenburg

Bremen

Hamburg

Hesse

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Lower Saxony

North Rhine-Westphalia

Rhineland-Palatinate

Saarland

Saxony

Saxony-Anhalt

Schleswig-Holstein

Thuringia


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Click here for help with finding your point of contact at the health authorities in your respective region

 


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Opening hours and contact numbers:

Visa applications can be accepted in the Visa Section only after an appointment has been made for this purpose and only at the following times:

Monday to Thursday from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm
Friday from 8:00 am to 11:30 am.

Please read carefully the information regarding visas on this website and restrict your inquiries (by telephone and in writing) to specific questions concerning visa matters that are not answered by the information on the website.

Contact details of the visa section:
Phone:
(0063 2) 8702 3001
Fax no.: ((0049) 30 1817 67170

E-Mail: visa@mani.diplo.de

For inquiries about visa matters you can call the Visa Section from Monday to Thursday from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm.

NOTICE: We recommend enquiries via email rather than telephone calls.

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