Covid-19 Travel Restrictions in Germany

Covid-19 Travel Restrictions in Germany

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For travelers coming from the European Economic Region, the United Kingdom, Australia, Georgia, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, and Uruguay, Germany has relaxed its entry restrictions. For travelers arriving from high-risk areas, testing and quarantine regulations may apply.

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Except for German citizens, residents with a residency permit and holders of a D-Visa, and some exceptions (detailed below), Germany has prohibited the entry of travelers arriving from outside the European Economic Region. As of 25 June, travelers from Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Czechia, Estonia, Germany, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Norway, Malta, Netherlands, Slovakia, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland or the United Kingdom may enter Germany. Admission limits for travelers from the following countries have also been lifted by Germany: Australia, Canada, Georgia, New Zealand, Thailand, and Uruguay. Prior to their flight to Germany, travelers must have spent at least 2 weeks in the countries mentioned above. Restrictions for entry from South Korea, China, and Japan will also be lifted if this can be decided on a mutual basis. Every two weeks, the list will be reviewed. For travelers who can explain a significant purpose for their journey, entry from any third country is possible. The list of essential reasons includes residents of Germany and the EU and any third-country nationals who have the right to live in Germany. It also includes health and social care workers and health researchers, skilled staff whose economic work is required and cannot be delayed or carried out from abroad, freight and transport staff, seasonal staff, students who are unable to continue their studies from abroad, tourists for urgent family reasons, diplomats and staff of international organizations, and individuals who are unable to continue their studies.

Travelers entering Germany after staying abroad in a specified risk area over the preceding 14 days must undergo a compulsory Covid-19 examination. The German government updates its list of identified risk areas on a regular basis. For the latest updated list, see the ‘English archive’ at the bottom of the Robert Koch Institute page.

Travelers who need to be screened have the option of either submitting a legitimate test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival, taking a test upon arrival at the airport, or taking a test by reporting to the local health office after returning to their place of residence in Germany. When taken within 72 hours of arrival, the test is free of charge. The 14-day self-isolation requirement may be excluded for travelers with a negative test, although some German states require a second negative test before granting a quarantine exemption. Depending on the German state, quarantine conditions in Germany vary. All travelers arriving from high-risk areas (more than 50 cases per 100 000 inhabitants) are forced to stay on arrival in Germany in quarantine for a period of 14 days.