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German Travel Restrictions

Entering Germany by plane or from a risk area

If you are travelling by plane or have spent time in one of the risks areas listed below within the 10 days prior to entering the Federal Republic of Germany, you must follow specific regulations. The new Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations dated 12 May 2021 contains:

  • A general test requirement for travellers entering Germany by air. These travellers must – irrespective of whether they have spent time in a risk area – present a negative Covid-19 test to their air carrier prior to boarding the plane.
  • Requirements on testing and proof of the test result as well as mandatory quarantine for travellers entering Germany after spending time in a foreign risk area, a high-incidence area or an area of virus variants of concern. The lists of high incidence areas, virus variant areas and other risk areas are published on the RKI website.
  • With regard to the quarantine requirement, travellers may curtail their quarantine by presenting a negative test certificate to the competent authority. If you have spent time in a high-incidence area prior to entry, the relevant test may not be conducted earlier than five days after entry. Following a stay in an area of virus variants of concern, the duration of quarantine may not be shortened. The requirement to quarantine will initially be in force until 30 June 2021.
  • Proof of vaccination or of recovery from Covid-19 can replace a negative test certificate and exempt you from quarantine on entry. This does not apply if you have spent time in an area of virus variants of concern prior to entry.
  • For travelers entering Germany from an area of virus variants, a travel ban has been imposed and transport companies may not transport persons from those areas into Germany via rail, bus, ship or plane.

Safety warning

Fraudulent websites offering entry registration are currently in circulation. The operators of these websites pretend to conduct digital entry registrations for travelers and transmit data to the authorities. They demand a fee for these services.

Please use only the website www.einreiseanmeldung.de for your digital entry registration. The app is free of charge. Only evidence of a digital entry registration generated by this website will be accepted during checks.

Holidays abroad

In principle, Germans are able to holiday in EU countries. This also applies to some other European countries. However, travel outside of the EU may be problematic.

Owing to the pandemic, travel warnings for specific countries apply. On the website of the Federal Foreign Office, you can find out which countries are affected and what rules apply in other countries.

Please check there for entry regulations before starting your journey. Many countries currently do not allow entry if you are travelling from Germany.