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Published on 19.01.2021
Lufthansa reaches deal with Eurowings on jobs -union.
Lufthansa forced to cut back on its South African flights

Published on 18.01.2021
German airline Condor releases Winter 2021/22 flight plan.

Published on 09.11.2020
Lufthansa suspends Flights to Sarajevo until 2021 Summer Season

Published on 28.10.2020
Lufthansa resumes weekly flights between Maldvies, Germany

Published on 27.10.2020
Lufthansa resumes flights between Munich and Zagreb

Published on 24.10.2020
Eurowings resumes flights to the Canary Islands

22.10.2020 Eurowings in the first quarter of 2021 schedules additional new routes, mainly focusing on Spain and Cyprus. Planned operation as follows.

Cologne – Malaga eff 18MAR21 2 weekly A320 (A319 from 28MAR21)
Dusseldorf – Larnaca eff 13FEB21 1 weekly A320 (A319 from 03APR21)
Hamburg – Malaga eff 27FEB21 2 weekly A320 (A319 from 28MAR21)
Hamburg – Valencia eff 17MAR21 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly A319 from 30MAR21)

Published on 21.10.2020
Lufthansa resumes Shenyang / Beijing service in late-Oct 2020
India-Germany flights resume after 3 weeks
Lufthansa from late-October 2020 plans to resume service to Shenyang and Beijing, initially operating Frankfurt – Shenyang – Beijing Capital – Frankfurt triangle routing, from 27OCT20. Airbus A340-300 aircraft to operate this route once weekly.

LH720 FRA1650 – 1000+1SHE 343 2
LH721 SHE0740 – 0930PEK1120 – 1525FRA 343 4

On LH721, the airline does not have passenger traffic rights originating from Shenyang. As of 20OCT20, Lufthansa maintains its plan to resume nonstop Frankfurt – Beijing Capital route twice weekly from December 2020.

Lufthansa at the launch of winter 2020/21 season is expanding codeshare partnership with SunExpress, as additional 4 routes operated by the latter will begin displaying Lufthansa’s LH-coded flight numbers from 25OCT20. Planned new codeshare routes include the following.

Lufthansa operated by SunExpress
Frankfurt – Ankara
Frankfurt – Antalya
Frankfurt – Izmir
Munich – Antalya

Published on 16.10.2020
Lufthansa schedules final Berlin Tegel flight with A350 on 07NOV20
Russia and Germany announce resumption of flights to Cuba

Lufthansa earlier this month filed changes to its Intercontinental network for Northern winter 2020/21 season. As the airline already filed additional adjustment for the month of November, the following planned operation focuses on 01DEC20 – 27MAR21, as of 13OCT20.

Additional changes remain possible.

Frankfurt – Abuja – Port Harcourt 5 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Addis Ababa Service cancelled in NW20
Frankfurt – Almaty Service cancelled in NW20
Frankfurt – Atlanta eff 01MAR21 Service resumption, reduce from 7 to 3 weekly. A340-300 operating
Frankfurt – Austin Service cancelled in NW20
Frankfurt – Baku Service cancelled in NW20
Frankfurt – Bangalore A330-300 replaces 747-8I, 1 daily
Frankfurt – Bangkok Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly, 747-8I operating
Frankfurt – Beijing Capital Reduce from 6-7 to 3 weekly, A340-300 operating
Frankfurt – Beirut Reduce from 6-7 to 3 weekly, A321neo
Frankfurt – Bogota eff 03DEC20 Reduce from 5-7 to 3 weekly, A340-300 replaces -600
Frankfurt – Boston Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly, A330-300 replaces 747-400 (7 weekly from 01MAR21)
Frankfurt – Buenos Aires Ezeiza Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, 747-8I operating
Frankfurt – Cairo Reduce from 10 to 7 weekly, A321neo
Frankfurt – Cancun 3 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Cape Town Reduce from 5 to 3 weekly, A340-300 operating
Frankfurt – Casablanca Service cancelled in NW20
Frankfurt – Chennai Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, A340-300 operating
Frankfurt – Chicago O’Hare Reduce from 2 to 1 daily, A350-900XWB replaces 747-8I
Frankfurt – Dallas/Ft. Worth Reduce from 6-7 to 3 weekly, A330-300/340-300 operating
Frankfurt – Dammam – Bahrain 2 weekly A330-300 until 27DEC20
Frankfurt – Delhi A340-300 replaces 747-8I, 1 daily
Frankfurt – Denver Service cancelled in NW20 (Previous plan: A330-300 replaces 747-400)
Frankfurt – Detroit eff 02DEC20 Service resumption, reduce from 7 to 3 weekly. A330-300 operating
Frankfurt – Dubai A330-300 replaces 747-400, 1 daily
Frankfurt – Erbil Service cancelled in NW20
Frankfurt – Hong Kong Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly, A340-300 replaces 747-8I
Frankfurt – Houston A330-300 replaces 747-8I, 1 daily
Frankfurt – Johannesburg Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly, 747-8I operating
Frankfurt – Kuwait City – Bahrain 2 weekly A330-300 (until 29DEC20)
Frankfurt – Kuwait City – Dammam eff 02JAN21 Routing resumes, reduce from 7 to 5 weekly, A330-300 operating
Frankfurt – Lagos – Malabo Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly, A330-300 operating
Frankfurt – Los Angeles Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly, A350-900XWB replaces 747-8I
Frankfurt – Luanda Reduce from 3 to 2 weekly, A330-300 operating
Frankfurt – Male 2 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Mexico City Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly, 747-8I operating (7 weekly from 01MAR21)
Frankfurt – Miami A340-300 replaces 747-400, reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Frankfurt – Mumbai A330-300 replaces 747-400, 1 daily
Frankfurt – Nagoya Service cancelled in NW20
Frankfurt – Nairobi 5 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Nanjing Reduce from 3 to 1 weekly, A340-300 operating
Frankfurt – Newark A330-300 replaces 747-8I, 1 daily
Frankfurt – New York JFK Reduce from 2 daily to 5 weekly (7 weekly from 01MAR21), A330-300 operating
Frankfurt – Nur-Sultan – Almaty Service cancelled in NW20
Frankfurt – Orlando eff 01DEC20 Service resumption, reduce from 7 to 3 weekly. A340-300 replaces 747-400
Frankfurt – Panama City Service cancelled in NW20
Frankfurt – Philadelphia eff 02DEC20 Service resumption, reduce from 5-7 to 3 weekly, A330-300 operating (5 weekly from 01MAR21)
Frankfurt – Qingdao Service cancelled in NW20
Frankfurt – Rio de Janeiro Galeao Service cancelled in NW20
Frankfurt – Riyadh 3 weekly A330-300 until 28DEC20
Frankfurt – Riyadh – Bahrain eff 02JAN21 Routing resumes, reduce from 7 to 5 weekly. A330-300 operating
Frankfurt – San Diego Service cancelled in NW20
Frankfurt – San Francisco A340-300 replaces -600, reduce from 7 to 3 weekly (5 weekly from 01MAR21)
Frankfurt – San Jose (Costa Rica) Reduce from 3 to 2 weekly, A340-300 operating
Frankfurt – Sao Paulo Guarulhos 1 daily 747-8I
Frankfurt – Seattle Reduce from 5 to 3 weekly, A330-300 operating
Frankfurt – Seoul Incheon eff 02MAR21 Service resumption, A340-300 replaces 747-400, reduce from 7 to 3 weekly
Frankfurt – Shanghai Pu Dong Reduce from 7 to 2 weekly, 747-8I operating (3 weekly from 06MAR21)
Frankfurt – Shenyang Service cancelled in NW20
Frankfurt – Singapore A340-300 replaces 747-8I, reduce from 7 to 5 weekly (7 weekly from 28FEB21)
Frankfurt – Tampa eff 02MAR21 Service resumption, reduce from 6 to 3 weekly. A330-300 replaces A340-300
Frankfurt – Tehran Imam Khomeini eff 14DEC20 Service resumption, reduce from 7 to 3 weekly. A340-300 operating (5 weekly from 02FEB21, 7 weekly from 01MAR21)
Frankfurt – Tel Aviv Reduce from 3 to 1 daily, A321neo
Frankfurt – Tokyo Haneda A350-900XWB replaces 747-8I, reduce from 7 to 5 weekly (7 weekly from 01MAR21. A350 operates from 02DEC20; Previous plan: A340-300)
Frankfurt – Toronto A330-300 replaces 747-400, 1 daily
Frankfurt – Vancouver A330-300 replaces 747-400, reduce from 7 to 5 weekly (7 weekly from 01MAR21)
Frankfurt – Washington Dulles A330-300 replaces 747-400, reduce from 7 to 5 weekly (7 weekly from 01MAR21)
Munich – Bangalore Service cancelled in NW20
Munich – Beijing Capital eff 01MAR21 Service resumption, reduce from 5 to 2 weekly. A350-900XWB operating
Munich – Cape Town eff 13DEC20 Service resumption, reduce from 5-6 to 3-4 weekly. A350-900XWB operating
Munich – Charlotte Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, A350-900XWB operating
Munich – Chicago O’Hare Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly, A350-900XWB operating (3 weekly 18NOV20 – 02DEC20)
Munich – Delhi 1 daily A350-900XWB
Munich – Hong Kong Service cancelled in NW20
Munich – Los Angeles Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, A350-900XWB operating
Munich – Mexico City Service cancelled in NW20
Munich – Miami Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, A350-900XWB operating
Munich – Montreal Reduce from 5 to 3 weekly, A350-900XWB operating (5 weekly from 01MAR21)
Munich – Mumbai Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, A350-900XWB operating
Munich – Newark Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, A350-900XWB operating
Munich – New York JFK Service cancelled in NW20
Munich – Osaka Kansai eff 01DEC20 Service resumption, reduce from 7 to 3 weekly. A350-900XWB operating
Munich – San Francisco eff 01MAR21 Service resumption, reduce from 7 to 5 weekly. A350-900XWB operating
Munich – Sao Paulo Guarulhos Service cancelled in NW20
Munich – Seoul Incheon 5 weekly A350-900XWB
Munich – Shanghai Pu Dong Reduce from 7 to 2 weekly, A350-900XWB operating (3 weekly from 02MAR21)
Munich – Singapore Service cancelled in NW20
Munich – Tel Aviv eff 15DEC20 Service resumption, reduce from 7 to 3 weekly. A320 operating
Munich – Tokyo Haneda eff 01MAR21 Service resumption, reduce from 7 to 5 weekly. A350-900XWB operating
Munich – Washington Dulles Service cancelled in NW20

Lufthansa earlier this month adjusted planned Intercontinental network for November 2020. As of 13OCT20, planned operation as follows. Travel restrictions may continue to impact the airline’s passenger traffic rights on selected routes, in certain direction.

Additional changes remain possible.

Frankfurt – Abuja – Port Harcourt 3 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Bangkok 3 weekly 747-8I
Frankfurt – Beijing Capital 2 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Beirut 3 weekly A321neo
Frankfurt – Boston 5 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Buenos Aires Ezeiza 3 weekly 747-8I
Frankfurt – Cairo 1 daily A321neo
Frankfurt – Cancun 2 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Cape Town 3 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Chennai 3 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Chicago O’Hare 1 daily A350-900XWB
Frankfurt – Dammam – Bahrain 2 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Delhi 5 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Dubai 5 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Hong Kong 3 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Houston 5 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Johannesburg 3 weekly 747-8I (5 weekly from 18NOV20)
Frankfurt – Kuwait City – Bahrain 2 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Lagos – Malabo 3 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Los Angeles 5 weekly A350-900XWB
Frankfurt – Luanda 2 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Male 2 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Mexico City 5 weekly 747-8I
Frankfurt – Miami 5 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Mumbai 5 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Nairobi 5 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Nanjing 1 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Newark 1 daily A330-300
Frankfurt – New York JFK 5 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Riyadh 3 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – San Francisco 3 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – San Jose (Costa Rica) 2 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Sao Paulo Guarulhos 5 weekly 747-8I
Frankfurt – Seattle 3 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Shanghai Pu Dong 2 weekly 747-8I
Frankfurt – Singapore 1 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Tel Aviv 1 daily A321neo
Frankfurt – Tokyo Haneda 3 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Toronto 1 daily A330-300/340-300
Frankfurt – Tunis 3 weekly A320neo
Frankfurt – Vancouver 5 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Washington Dulles 5 weekly A330-300
Munich – Chicago O’Hare 5 weekly A350-900XWB (3 weekly from 18NOV20)
Munich – Delhi 5 weekly A350-900XWB
Munich – Denver 3 weekly A350-900XWB
Munich – Los Angeles 3 weekly A350-900XWB
Munich – Newark 3 weekly A350-900XWB
Munich – Seoul Incheon 3 weekly A350-900XWB
Munich – Shanghai Pu Dong 1 weekly A350-900XWB

Published on 14.10.2020
Lufthansa Nov 2020 Intercontinental network as of 13OCT19

12.10.2020 Condor during the month of November 2020 schedules following short-haul network, majority operated by Airbus A320 aircraft. Following operation is based on information as of 09OCT20, further changes remain highly possible.

Dusseldorf – Fuerteventura 2 weekly
Dusseldorf – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas 2 weekly
Dusseldorf – Irakleion 2 weekly
Dusseldorf – Kalamata 1 weekly
Dusseldorf – Santa Cruz de la Palma 1 weekly
Dusseldorf – Tenerife South 2 weekly
Frankfurt – Fuerteventura 2 weekly
Frankfurt – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas 2 weekly
Frankfurt – Irakleion 2 weekly
Frankfurt – Lanzarote 1 weekly
Frankfurt – Larnaca 1 weekly A321 (until 07NOV20)
Frankfurt – Santa Cruz de la Palma 1 weekly
Frankfurt – Tenerife South 2 weekly
Hamburg – Fuerteventura 3 weekly
Hamburg – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas 3 weekly
Hamburg – Lanzarote 1 weekly
Hamburg – Tenerife South 2 weekly
Leipzig – Fuerteventura 1 weekly
Leipzig – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas 2 weekly
Leipzig – Tenerife South 2 weekly
Munich – Fuerteventura 1 weekly (until 07NOV20)
Munich – Irakleion 2 weekly (selected dates 757)
Munich – Kalamata 1 weekly
Munich – Kos 1 weekly (until 08NOV20)
Munich – Rhodes 1 weekly (until 08NOV20)

Condor in Northern winter 2020/21 season once again resumes long-haul service, initially serving Varadero in Cuba, on board Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. Planned operation includes the following.

Dusseldorf – Varadero eff 03NOV20 3 weekly
DE2204 DUS1245 – 1750VRA 76W 256
DE2205 VRA2350 – 1455+1DUS 76W 256

Frankfurt – Varadero eff 31OCT20 3 weekly
DE2198 FRA1200 – 1720VRA 76W 256
DE2199 VRA1920 – 1100+1FRA 76W 256

Eurowings last week opened reservation for its planned new service to The Middle East. Previously reported on Airlineroute, the airline plans to offer service to Beirut and Erbil. Service launch has been moved forward to late-December 2020, upon the opening of ticket sales. Revised operation as follows.

Berlin – Beirut eff 19DEC20 2 weekly A320
EW8980 BER0825 – 1325BEY 320 2
EW8980 BER1205 – 1705BEY 320 6

EW8981 BEY1430 – 1745BER 320 2
EW8981 BEY1815 – 2130BER 320 6

Dusseldorf – Beirut eff 22DEC20 1 weekly A319 (2 weekly A320 from 02JAN21)
EW9980 DUS1130 – 1645BEY 320 2
EW9980 DUS1205 – 1720BEY 320 6

EW9981 BEY1800 – 2150DUS 320 2
EW9981 BEY1835 – 2225DUS 320 6

Dusseldorf – Erbil eff 19DEC20 1 weekly A319 (2 weekly A320 from 12JAN21)
EW9978 DUS0730 – 1415EBL 320 26
EW9979 EBL1515 – 1825DUS 320 26

Stuttgart – Beirut eff 02FEB21 1 weekly A320
EW2980 STR1015 – 1500BEY 32A 2
EW2981 BEY1600 – 1925STR 32A 2

Published on 06.10.2020
Lufthansa will resume flights between Frankfurt and Buenos Aires from 25 October

Published on 29.09.2020
Lufthansa cancels all India flights from 30 September 30 to 20 October

Published on 28.09.2020
Eurowings/Lufthansa closes Munich – Bangkok W20 reservations as of 25SEP20

10.09.2020 Lufthansa today (08SEP20) filed additional changes to its Intercontinental operation for Northern winter 2020/21 season. Latest adjustment focuses on aircraft changes, as the airline removes Boeing 747-400 aircraft from scheduled operation during winter season.

Additional changes to be filed in the next few weeks.

Frankfurt – Bangalore A330-300 replaces 747-8I, 1 daily
Frankfurt – Beijing Capital A340-300 replaces -600, 1 daily
Frankfurt – Boston A330-300 replaces 747-400, 1 daily
Frankfurt – Delhi A340-300 replaces 747-8I, 1 daily
Frankfurt – Denver A330-300 replaces 747-400, 1 daily
Frankfurt – Dubai A330-300 replaces 747-400, 1 daily
Frankfurt – Hong Kong A340-300 replaces 747-8I, 1 daily
Frankfurt – Houston A330-300 replaces 747-8I, 1 daily
Frankfurt – Miami A340-300 replaces 747-400, 1 daily
Frankfurt – Mumbai A330-300 replaces 747-400, 1 daily
Frankfurt – Newark A330-300 replaces 747-8I, 1 daily
Frankfurt – New York JFK LH400/401 A330-300 replaces 747-8I, 1 daily (LH404/405 remains closed for reservation)
Frankfurt – Orlando A340-300 replaces 747-400, 1 daily
Frankfurt – San Francisco A340-300 replaces -600, 1 daily
Frankfurt – Seoul Incheon A340-300 replaces 747-400, 1 daily
Frankfurt – Singapore A340-300 replaces 747-8I, 1 daily
Frankfurt – Tokyo Haneda A340-300 replaces 747-8I, 1 daily
Frankfurt – Toronto A330-300 replaces 747-400, 1 daily
Frankfurt – Vancouver A330-300 replaces 747-400, 1 daily
Frankfurt – Washington Dulles A330-300 replaces 747-400, 1 daily

Revised 747-8I operation:
Frankfurt – Bangkok
Frankfurt – Buenos Aires Ezeiza
Frankfurt – Chicago O’Hare (LH430/431)
Frankfurt – Johannesburg
Frankfurt – Los Angeles
Frankfurt – Mexico City
Frankfurt – Sao Paulo Guarulhos
Frankfurt – Shanghai Pu Dong

Updated list of routes not available for reservation:
Frankfurt – Addis Ababa
Frankfurt – Austin
Frankfurt – Baku
Frankfurt – Casablanca
Frankfurt – Erbil
Frankfurt – Nagoya
Frankfurt – Panama City
Frankfurt – Qingdao
Frankfurt – Rio de Janeiro Galeao
Frankfurt – San Diego
Frankfurt – Shenyang
Munich – Bangalore
Munich – Hong Kong
Munich – Mexico City
Munich – New York JFK
Munich – Sao Paulo Guarulhos
Munich – Singapore
Munich – Washington Dulles

Published on 02.09.2020
Lufthansa September 2020 Boeing 747 Scheduled Passenger operations as of 30AUG20

Published on 27.08.2020
Eurowings re-opens Munich – Bangkok reservations from late-Oct 2020

26.08.2020 Lufthansa this month gradually filed planned European operations for Winter 2020/21 season, based number of flights available for reservation, between 25OCT20 and 27MAR21. As of 1000GMT 22AUG20, filed changes includes the following.

Following routes are not available for reservation for entire winter season until 27MAR21 inclusive:
Frankfurt – Bordeaux 5 weekly
Frankfurt – Bydgoszcz 7 weekly
Frankfurt – Cluj 6 weekly
Frankfurt – Florence 7 weekly
Frankfurt – Genoa 3 weekly
Frankfurt – Leipzig 34 weekly
Frankfurt – Muenster 27 weekly
Frankfurt – Palermo 1 weekly (no operation already scheduled for 10JAN21 – 13FEB21)
Frankfurt – Pamplona 4 weekly
Frankfurt – Santiago de Compostela 2 weekly
Frankfurt – Timisoara 7 weekly
Frankfurt – Zagreb 14 weekly
Munich – Dubrovnik 4 weekly
Munich – Edinburgh 3 weekly
Munich – Katowice 7 weekly
Munich – Ljubljana 7 weekly
Munich – Minsk 1 weekly
Munich – Moscow Domodedovo 14 weekly
Munich – Newcastle 6 weekly
Munich – Nuremberg 26 weekly
Munich – Rostock 10 weekly
Munich – St. Petersburg 6 weekly
Munich – Stuttgart 34 weekly
Munich – Tallinn 3 weekly
Munich – Thessaloniki 3 weekly
Munich – Tromso 2 weekly (seasonal from 12DEC20)

Operational frequencies listed below is based on number of flights available for reservation. As figures is based on the week of 09NOV20, frequency variation may occur on certain weeks. In the parenthesis, number of weekly flights listed is based on default schedule for November 2020, with variations throughout the season.

Frankfurt – Amsterdam 21 weekly flights available for reservations (43 weekly flights listed)
Frankfurt – Athens 14 weekly (21)
Frankfurt – Barcelona 35 weekly (49)
Frankfurt – Bari 1 weekly (4)
Frankfurt – Basel/Mulhouse 12 weekly (28)
Frankfurt – Belgrade 10 weekly (14)
Frankfurt – Berlin 45 weekly (139)
Frankfurt – Bilbao 14 weekly (20)
Frankfurt – Billund 14 weekly (28)
Frankfurt – Birmingham 13 weekly (28)
Frankfurt – Bologna 13 weekly (28)
Frankfurt – Bremen 18 weekly (35)
Frankfurt – Brussels 24 weekly (45)
Frankfurt – Bucharest 14 weekly (14)
Frankfurt – Budapest 21 weekly (40)
Frankfurt – Catania 1 weekly (2)
Frankfurt – Chisinau 1 weekly (4)
Frankfurt – Copenhagen 26 weekly (35)
Frankfurt – Dresden 19 weekly (34)
Frankfurt – Dublin 16 weekly (28)
Frankfurt – Dusseldorf 14 weekly (35)
Frankfurt – Edinburgh 5 weekly (12)
Frankfurt – Faro 2 weekly (2)
Frankfurt – Friedrichshafen 12 weekly (27)
Frankfurt – Funchal 1 weekly (1)
Frankfurt – Gdansk 12 weekly (14)
Frankfurt – Geneva 12 weekly (21)
Frankfurt – Glasgow 3 weekly (12)
Frankfurt – Gothenburg 17 weekly (34)
Frankfurt – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas 2 weekly (2)
Frankfurt – Graz 16 weekly (26)
Frankfurt – Hamburg 32 weekly (106)
Frankfurt – Hannover 16 weekly (42)
Frankfurt – Helsinki 16 weekly (21)
Frankfurt – Irakleion 1 weekly (1; no operation 15NOV20 – 05MAR21)
Frankfurt – Istanbul 7 weekly (14)
Frankfurt – Ivalo 1 weekly (1; seasonal service from 19DEC20)
Frankfurt – Katowice 9 weekly (19)
Frankfurt – Krakow 21 weekly (27)
Frankfurt – Kuusamo 1 weekly (1; seasonal service from 19DEC20)
Frankfurt – Kyiv Borispil 14 weekly (20)
Frankfurt – Larnaca 3 weekly (3)
Frankfurt – Linz 12 weekly (20; Figure not including codeshare operated by Air Dolomiti)
Frankfurt – Lisbon 20 weekly (20)
Frankfurt – Ljubljana 14 weekly (14)
Frankfurt – London City 13 weekly (20)
Frankfurt – London Heathrow 38 weekly (84)
Frankfurt – Luxembourg 14 weekly (35)
Frankfurt – Lyon 16 weekly (28)
Frankfurt – Madrid 21 weekly (28)
Frankfurt – Malaga 6 weekly (6)
Frankfurt – Malta 9 weekly (11)
Frankfurt – Manchester 15 weekly (34)
Frankfurt – Marseille 14 weekly (20)
Frankfurt – Milan Linate 28 weekly (41)
Frankfurt – Milan Malpensa 14 weekly (39)
Frankfurt – Minsk 7 weekly (11)
Frankfurt – Moscow Domodedovo 12 weekly (21)
Frankfurt – Munich 30 weekly (96)
Frankfurt – Naples 6 weekly (7)
Frankfurt – Nice 14 weekly (21)
Frankfurt – Nuremberg 19 weekly (35)
Frankfurt – Oslo 21 weekly (35)
Frankfurt – Palma Mallorca 11 weekly (15)
Frankfurt – Paris CDG 22 weekly (47)
Frankfurt – Porto 14 weekly (21)
Frankfurt – Poznan 14 weekly (20)
Frankfurt – Prague 21 weekly (34)
Frankfurt – Reykjavik Keflavik 1 weekly (3)
Frankfurt – Riga 10 weekly (14)
Frankfurt – Rome 19 weekly (28)
Frankfurt – Salzburg 16 weekly (28)
Frankfurt – Seville 3 weekly (4)
Frankfurt – Sofia 14 weekly (19)
Frankfurt – St. Petersburg 12 weekly (14)
Frankfurt – Stockholm Arlanda 21 weekly (35)
Frankfurt – Stuttgart 21 weekly (35)
Frankfurt – Tallinn 13 weekly (19)
Frankfurt – Tenerife South 2 weekly (2)
Frankfurt – Thessaloniki 3 weekly (4)
Frankfurt – Tirana 5 weekly (14)
Frankfurt – Toulouse 11 weekly (26)
Frankfurt – Tromso 1 weekly from 19DEC20 (2)
Frankfurt – Valencia 14 weekly (19)
Frankfurt – Venice 25 weekly (35)
Frankfurt – Vienna 24 weekly (42)
Frankfurt – Vilnius 10 weekly (14)
Frankfurt – Warsaw 23 weekly (28)
Frankfurt – Wroclaw 14 weekly (27)
Frankfurt – Zurich 21 weekly (42)
Munich – Amsterdam 25 weekly available for reservations (40 weekly flights listed)
Munich – Ancona 7 weekly (20)
Munich – Athens 14 weekly (16)
Munich – Barcelona 19 weekly (34)
Munich – Basel/Mulhouse 13 weekly (34)
Munich – Belgrade 7 weekly (14)
Munich – Berlin 67 weekly (106)
Munich – Bilbao 20 weekly (27)
Munich – Birmingham 11 weekly (19)
Munich – Bremen 29 weekly (43)
Munich – Brussels 31 weekly (46)
Munich – Bucharest 14 weekly (21)
Munich – Budapest 18 weekly (32)
Munich – Catania 1 weekly (2)
Munich – Cluj 12 weekly (14)
Munich – Cologne 40 weekly (69)
Munich – Copenhagen 20 weekly (33)
Munich – Debrecen 3 weekly (5)
Munich – Dublin 6 weekly (13)
Munich – Dusseldorf 68 weekly (109)
Munich – Faro 2 weekly (2)
Munich – Fuerteventura 1 weekly (1)
Munich – Funchal 1 weekly (1)
Munich – Gdansk 10 weekly (14)
Munich – Geneva 19 weekly (33)
Munich – Genoa 7 weekly (13)
Munich – Gothenburg 7 weekly (21)
Munich – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas 1 weekly (1)
Munich – Graz 12 weekly (21; Figure not including codeshare operated by Air Dolomiti)
Munich – Hamburg 78 weekly (121)
Munich – Hannover 33 weekly (58)
Munich – Helsinki 11 weekly (21)
Munich – Kittila 1 weekly (1; seasonal service from 12DEC20)
Munich – Krakow 14 weekly (21)
Munich – Kyiv Borispil 7 weekly (15)
Munich – Larnaca 6 weekly (7)
Munich – Leipzig 11 weekly (26)
Munich – Lisbon 7 weekly (13)
Munich – London Heathrow 27 weekly (61)
Munich – Luxembourg 12 weekly (24)
Munich – Lviv 5 weekly (7)
Munich – Lyon 13 weekly (27)
Munich – Madrid 13 weekly (27)
Munich – Malaga 3 weekly (3)
Munich – Malta 1 weekly (4)
Munich – Manchester 12 weekly (25)
Munich – Marseille 13 weekly (27)
Munich – Milan Malpensa 23 weekly (32)
Munich – Muenster 24 weekly (32)
Munich – Nantes 6 weekly (13)
Munich – Naples 7 weekly (21)
Munich – Nice 10 weekly (21)
Munich – Oslo 11 weekly (21)
Munich – Paderborn 15 weekly (24)
Munich – Palermo 1 weekly (3)
Munich – Palma Mallorca 2 weekly (3)
Munich – Paris CDG 13 weekly (45)
Munich – Paris Orly 14 weekly (14)
Munich – Porto 5 weekly (11)
Munich – Poznan 6 weekly (18)
Munich – Prague 12 weekly (27)
Munich – Rome 21 weekly (35)
Munich – Rzeszow 6 weekly (13)
Munich – Sarajevo 6 weekly (7)
Munich – Seville 3 weekly (4)
Munich – Sibiu 10 weekly (14)
Munich – Sofia 14 weekly (21)
Munich – Stockholm Arlanda 20 weekly (33)
Munich – Strasbourg 5 weekly (5)
Munich – Tenerife South 2 weekly (2)
Munich – Timisoara 12 weekly (21)
Munich – Toulouse 16 weekly (26)
Munich – Trieste 6 weekly (20)
Munich – Valencia 3 weekly (7)
Munich – Vienna 20 weekly (27)
Munich – Warsaw 12 weekly (21)
Munich – Wroclaw 12 weekly (20)
Munich – Zagreb 12 weekly (14)
Munich – Zurich 21 weekly (28)

Published on 22.08.2020
Lufthansa W20 European Preliminary operations as of 1000GMT 22AUG20

Published on 21.08.2020
Lübeck Air starts operations in a pandemic

14.08.2020 Lufthansa in recent weeks filed inventory update for Northern winter 2020/21 season. As of 12AUG20, reservations for following Intercontinental routes during the period of 25OCT20 – 27MAR21 is no longer available.

Frankfurt – Addis Ababa
Frankfurt – Erbil
Frankfurt – Nagoya
Frankfurt – Panama City
Frankfurt – Qingdao
Frankfurt – Rio de Janeiro Galeao
Frankfurt – San Diego
Frankfurt – Shenyang
Munich – Bangalore
Munich – Hong Kong
Munich – Mexico City
Munich – New York JFK
Munich – Sao Paulo Guarulhos
Munich – Singapore

Separately, following routes to see frequency reduction as the airline closed booking on certain flights:
Frankfurt – Cairo Reduce from 10 to 7 weekly, LH582/583 closed for reservation
Frankfurt – Chicago O’Hare Reduce from 2 to 1 daily, LH432/433 closed for reservation
Frankfurt – New York JFK Reduce from 2 to 1 daily, LH404/405 closed for reservation

Additional changes will be filed in the next few weeks.

14.08.20202 TUIfly in June 2020 removed schedule listing for its planned long-haul service from Dusseldorf, scheduled to commence in November 2020 with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.

Following planned long-haul routes has been removed during the week of 07JUN20. Reservation and schedule listing is no longer available on the airline’s website. Previously planned operation as follows.

Dusseldorf – Bridgetown eff 05NOV20 2 weekly flights operating every 2 weeks
Dusseldorf – Cancun eff 08NOV20 2 weekly
Dusseldorf – La Romana eff 06NOV20 1 weekly, plus 2 weekly flights every 2 weeks
Dusseldorf – Montego Bay eff 15NOV20 1 weekly, plus 1 weekly flight every 2 weeks
Dusseldorf – Puerto Plata eff 04NOV20 1 weekly
Dusseldorf – Punta Cana eff 05NOV20 3 weekly

Published on 10.08.2020
Lufthansa To Resume Passenger Flights To India (DEL, BOM, BLR) on 13AUG20

Published on 09.08.2020
Lufthansa resumes flights to Frankfurt and Kabul

Published on 06.08.2020
Eurowings extends flight schedule by 26 new holiday destinations

05.08.2020 Lufthansa in recent schedule update adjusted Intercontinental operation for the period of 01AUG20 – 24OCT20. As of 02AUG20, planned operation as follows. Various travel restrictions continue to impact the airline’s planned operation, as well as traffic rights.

Frankfurt – Abuja – Port Harcourt eff 20AUG20 5 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Algiers 1 weekly A321 (Every 2 weeks in September, schedule pending in October)
Frankfurt – Baku eff 01SEP20 2 weekly A321
Frankfurt – Beirut 3 weekly A321neo
Frankfurt – Bangkok 3 weekly 747-8I (1 daily from 01SEP20)
Frankfurt – Bangalore eff 16AUG20 5 weekly A330-300 (1 daily from 01SSEP20)
Frankfurt – Boston 5 weekly A330-300 (1 daily from 02SEP20)
Frankfurt – Cairo 9 weekly A321/321neo (1 daily A321neo from 28AUG20)
Frankfurt – Cancun eff 01OCT20 3 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Cape Town eff 01SEP20 3 weekly A340-300 (5 weekly from 01OCT20)
Frankfurt – Chicago O’Hare 1 daily 747-8I
Frankfurt – Dallas/Ft. Worth eff 02SEP20 3 weekly
Frankfurt – Delhi eff 17AUG20 5 weekly A340-300 (1 daily from 01SEP20)
Frankfurt – Detroit eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Dubai 3 weekly A330-300 (5 weekly from 02SEP20)
Frankfurt – Hong Kong 3 weekly A340-300 (5 weekly from 03SEP20)
Frankfurt – Johannesburg August operation (from FRA): 12, 26. 5 weekly 747-8I from 02SEP20 (1 Daily from 01OCT20)
Frankfurt – Kuwait City – Dammam eff 01SEP20 5 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Lagos – Malabo eff 20AUG20 5 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Los Angeles 5 weekly 747-8I (1 daily from 02SEP20)
Frankfurt – Mexico City 3 weekly 747-8I (5 weekly from 01SEP20, 1 daily from 01OCT20)
Frankfurt – Miami 5 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Mumbai eff 16AUG20 5 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Nairobi 3 weekly A330-300 (5 weekly from 03SEP20)
Frankfurt – Nanjing 1 weekly 747-8I (A340-300 from 31AUG20)
Frankfurt – Newark 5 weekly A330-300 (1 daily from 01SEP20)
Frankfurt – New York JFK 5 weekly A330-300 (1 daily from 01SEP20)
Frankfurt – Orlando eff 01SEP20 3 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Philadelphia eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Riyadh – Bahrain eff 31AUG20 1 daily A330-300
Frankfurt – San Francisco eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – San Jose (Costa Rica) 2 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Sao Paulo Guarulhos 5 weekly 747-8I (1 daily from 01SEP20)
Frankfurt – Seattle 3 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Seoul Incheon eff 01SEP20 3 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Shanghai Pu Dong 2 weekly 747-8I (schedule on/after September is pending)
Frankfurt – Singapore 3 weekly A340-300 (1 Daily from 31AUG20)
Frankfurt – Tehran Imam Khomeini eff 14SEP20 3 weekly A330-300 (5 weekly from 04OCT20)
Frankfurt – Tel Aviv 1 daily A321neo (17 weekly from 01SEP20)
Frankfurt – Tokyo Haneda 3 weekly A340-300 (1 daily from 01SEP20)
Frankfurt – Toronto 5 weekly A330-300/340-300 (1 daily A340 from 02SEP20)
Frankfurt – Tunis 2 weekly A320neo (3 weekly A319 from 01SEP20)
Frankfurt – Vancouver 5 weekly A330-300 (1 daily from 05SEP20)
Frankfurt – Washington Dulles eff 01SEP20 5 weekly A330-300
Munich – Charlotte eff 03SEP20 3 weekly A350-900XWB (5 weekly from 02OCT20)
Munich – Chicago O’Hare 5 weekly A350-900XWB (1 daily from 01SEP20)
Munich – Delhi eff 16AUG20 3 weekly A350-900XWB (5 weekly from 02SEP20)
Munich – Denver eff 01SEP20 5 weekly A350-900XWB (1 daily from 03OCT20)
Munich – Los Angeles 3 weekly A350-900XWB (5 weekly from 01SEP20)
Munich – Montreal 3 weekly A350-900XWB (5 weekly from 04SEP20)
Munich – Newark 3 weekly A350-900XWB (5 weekly from 03SEP20)
Munich – Osaka Kansai eff 01SEP20 5 weekly A350-900XWB
Munich – San Francisco 5 weekly A350-900XWB
Munich – Seoul Incheon 3 weekly (5 weekly from 02SEP20)
Munich – Shanghai Pu Dong eff 01SEP20 1 weekly A350-900XWB (schedule in October is pending)
Munich – Tbilisi 2 weekly A321 (A319 from 30AUG20, 3 weekly from 05OCT20)
Munich – Tel Aviv 3 weekly A319 (5 weekly from 01SEP20)
Munich – Tokyo Haneda 3 weekly A350-900XWB (5 weekly from 01SEP20)

Published on 04.08.2020
TUI extends cancellation of holidays and flights to Portugal for UK customers

Published on 30.07.2020
TUI cancels all flights to Balearic, Canary Islands until 4 August for U.K. travelers because of COVID-19 concerns

Published on 27.07.2020
Lufthansa resumes flights between Frankfurt and New York

Published on 23.07.2020
Lufthansa Resumes Frankfurt Flights at London City Airport

23.07.2020 Condor earlier this month revised planned long-haul network for the remainder of Northern summer 2020 season, until 24OCT20. Latest adjustment as of 22JUL20 as follows.

Additional changes remain possible.

Frankfurt – Cape Town eff 03OCT20 1 weekly
Frankfurt – Punta Cana eff 02OCT20 4 weekly
Frankfurt – Varadero eff 02OCT20 2 weekly
Frankfurt – Windhoek – Cape Town eff 01OCT20 2 weekly
Published on 20.07.2020
Tbilisi-Munich Regular Flights to Resume Starting August 2

03.07.2020
Lufthansa
this week filed revised Inter-continental operation for the remainder of summer 2020 season, until 24OCT20. Between 01JUL20 and 24OCT20, the Star Alliance carrier plans to operate following routes.

Various travel restriction will impact the airline’s passenger traffic rights, as well as planned operation.

Frankfurt – Abuja – Port Harcourt eff 18JUL20 3 weekly A330-300 (5 weekly from 04AUG20)
Frankfurt – Bangalore eff 15JUL20 3 weekly A330-300 (5 weekly from 01AUG20, 1 daily from 01SEP20)
Frankfurt – Bangkok 3 weekly 747-8I (5 weekly from 02AUG20, 1 daily from 01SEP20)
Frankfurt – Beirut 3 weekly A321neo
Frankfurt – Boston 3 weekly A330-300 (5 weekly from 01AUG20, 1 daily from 29AUG20)
Frankfurt – Cairo 5 weekly A321neo (1 daily from 31AUG20)
Frankfurt – Cape Town eff 01SEP20 3 weekly A340-300 (5 weekly from 30SEP20)
Frankfurt – Chicago O’Hare 5 weekly 747-8I (1 daily from 31JUL20)
Frankfurt – Dallas/Ft. Worth eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Delhi eff 15JUL20 3 weekly A340-300 (5 weekly from 01AUG20, 1 daily from 01SEP20)
Frankfurt – Detroit eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Dubai 3 weekly A330-300 (5 weekly from 04SEP20)
Frankfurt – Hong Kong 3 weekly A340-300 (5 weekly from 01AUG20)
Frankfurt – Houston 3 weekly A330-300 (5 weekly from 29JUL20, 1 daily from 01SEP20)
Frankfurt – Johannesburg eff 31AUG20 5 weekly 747-8I (1 daily from 29SEP20)
Frankfurt – Kuwait – Dammam eff 04AUG20 3 weekly A330-300 (5 weekly from 03SEP20)
Frankfurt – Lagos – Malabo eff 16JUL20 3 weekly A330-300 (5 weekly from 04AUG20)
Frankfurt – Los Angeles 3 weekly 747-8I (5 weekly from 03AUG20, 1 daily from 30AUG20)
Frankfurt – Mexico City 3 weekly 747-8I (5 weekly from 01AUG20, 1 daily from 31AUG20)
Frankfurt – Mumbai 3 weekly A330-300 (1 daily 747-400 06JUL20 – 14JUL20, 5 weekly from 01AUG20)
Frankfurt – Nairobi eff 06JUL20 3 weekly A330-300 (5 weekly from 02AUG20)
Frankfurt – Newark 3 weekly A330-300 (5 weekly from 02AUG20, 1 daily from 30AUG20)
Frankfurt – New York JFK 3 weekly A330-300 (5 weekly from 02AUG20, 1 daily from 01SEP20)
Frankfurt – Orlando eff 02AUG20 3 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Philadelphia eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Riyadh – Bahrain eff 25JUL20 5 weekly A330-300 (1 daily from 28AUG20)
Frankfurt – San Francisco eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – San Jose (Costa Rica) eff 01AUG20 2 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Sao Paulo Guarulhos 5 weekly 747-8I (1 daily from 01AUG20)
Frankfurt – Seattle eff 01AUG20 3 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Seoul Incheon eff 01SEP20 3 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Shanghai Pu Dong 1 weekly 747-8I (2 weekly from 01AUG20, 3 weekly from 07SEP20, 5 weekly from 30SEP20)
Frankfurt – Singapore eff 31JUL20 5 weekly A340-300 (1 daily from 02SEP20)
Frankfurt – Tehran Imam Khomeini eff 31AUG20 3 weekly A330-300 (5 weekly from 04OCT20)
Frankfurt – Tel Aviv 1 daily A321neo (10 weekly from 01AUG20, 2 daily from 01SEP20)
Frankfurt – Tokyo Haneda 3 weekly A340-300 (5 weekly from 02AUG20, 1 daily from 01SEP20)
Frankfurt – Toronto 3 weekly A340-300 (5 weekly from 01AUG20, 1 daily from 01SEP20)
Frankfurt – Tunis eff 31AUG20 3 weekly A319
Frankfurt – Vancouver 3 weekly A330-300 (5 weekly from 02AUG20, 1 daily from 01SEP20)
Frankfurt – Washington Dulles eff 01SEP20 5 weekly A330-300
Munich – Charlotte eff 31JUL20 3 weekly A350-900XWB (5 weekly from 01SEP20)
Munich – Chicago O’Hare 3 weekly A350-900XWB (5 weekly from 01AUG20, 1 daily from 01SEP20)
Munich – Delhi 3 weekly A350-900XWB (1 daily 06JUL20 – 14JUL20, 5 weekly from 01SEP20)
Munich – Denver eff 01AUG20 6 weekly A350-900XWB (1 daily from 01SEP20)
Munich – Los Angeles 3 weekly A350-900XWB (5 weekly from 01AUG20)
Munich – Montreal 3 weekly A350-900XWB (5 weekly from 04SEP20)
Munich – Newark 3 weekly A350-900XWB (5 weekly from 01SEP20)
Munich – Osaka Kansai eff 01AUG20 3 weekly A350-900XWB (5 weekly from 01SEP20)
Munich – San Francisco 3 weekly A350-900XWB (5 weekly from 02AUG20)
Munich – Seoul Incheon 3 weekly A350-900XWB
Munich – Shanghai Pu Dong eff 04AUG20 1 weekly A350-900XWB (2 weekly from 06SEP20, 3 weekly from 02OCT20)
Munich – Tel Aviv 5 weekly A319 (1 daily from 01SEP20)
Munich – Tokyo Haneda eff 01AUG20 3 weekly A350-900XWB (5 weekly from 01SEP20)

01.07.2020 German carrier TUIfly earlier this month resumed regular passenger operation, initially from its base in Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover and Stuttgart. Additional bases will be gradually resumed from the first week of July 2020, including Basel/Mulhouse, Cologne, Hamburg, Munich, Paderborn. Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Saarbruecken and Berlin Tegel to be resumed from 08JUL20, 14JUL20 and 03AUG20, respectively.

Various travel restrictions will impact the airline’s planned operation, and selected dates will see the airline operates triangle routing, instead of nonstop terminator. Planned operation for the period of 15JUN20 – 31AUG20 as follows. Service to/from Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden and Paderborn is operated by Sundair aircraft.

Basel/Mulhouse – Corfu eff 01AUG20 2 weekly
Basel/Mulhouse – Fuerteventura eff 04JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 03AUG20)
Basel/Mulhouse – Funchal eff 06AUG20 1 weekly
Basel/Mulhouse – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 05JUL20 1 weekly (3 weekly from 02AUG20)
Basel/Mulhouse – Irakleion eff 04JUL20 4 weekly (5 weekly from 17JUL20, 7 from 01AUG20)
Basel/Mulhouse – Kos eff 06JUL20 1 weekly (4 weekly from 01AUG20)
Basel/Mulhouse – Mahon eff 02AUG20 1 weekly
Basel/Mulhouse – Palma Mallorca eff 04JUL20 3 weekly (7 weekly from 01AUG20)
Basel/Mulhouse – Rhodes eff 07JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 18JUL20, 4 from 05AUG20)
Basel/Mulhouse – Tenerife South eff 09JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 01AUG20)
Berlin Tegel – Irakleion eff 04AUG20 1 weekly
Berlin Tegel – Kos eff 03AUG20 1 weekly
Berlin Tegel – Rhodes eff 05AUG20 1 weekly
Cologne – Corfu eff 04AUG20 1 weekly
Cologne – Fuerteventura eff 01JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 07AUG20)
Cologne – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 12JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 06AUG20)
Cologne – Irakleion eff 10JUL20 4 weekly
Cologne – Kos eff 04JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 03AUG20)
Cologne – Mahon eff 02AUG20 1 weekly
Cologne – Malta eff 02AUG20 1 weekly
Cologne – Palma Mallorca eff 09JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 20JUL20, 5 from 01AUG20)
Cologne – Rhodes eff 14JUL20 1 weekly (3 weekly from 05AUG20)
Cologne – Tenerife South eff 04JUL20 2 weekly
Cologne – Trieste 16AUG20 / 23AUG20
Dusseldorf – Corfu eff 04JUL20 2 weekly
Dusseldorf – Dalaman eff 17JUL20 2 weekly
Dusseldorf – Djerba eff 06AUG20 1 weekly
Dusseldorf – Enfidha eff 02AUG20 2 weekly
Dusseldorf – Faro 2 weekly
Dusseldorf – Fuerteventura eff 04JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 20JUL20, 6 from 01AUG20)
Dusseldorf – Funchal eff 05JUL20 2 weekly
Dusseldorf – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 05JUL20 4 weekly (6 weekly from 01AUG20)
Dusseldorf – Hurghada eff 03AUG20 4 weekly
Dusseldorf – Ibiza eff 29JUN20 1 weekly (3 weekly from 14JUL20, 5 from 01AUG20)
Dusseldorf – Irakleion eff 01JUL20 3 weekly (4 weekly from 14JUL20, 5 weekly from 01AUG20)
Dusseldorf – Jerez de la Frontera eff 02JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 13JUL@0)
Dusseldorf – Kos eff 04JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 20JUL20, 4 from 05AUG20)
Dusseldorf – Lanzarote eff 01JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly 12JUL20, 4 from 01AUG20)
Dusseldorf – Larnaca eff 02JUL20 2 weekly
Dusseldorf – Mahon eff 05JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 16JUL20)
Dusseldorf – Marsa Alam eff 04AUG20 2 weekly
Dusseldorf – Palma Mallorca 6 weekly (8 weekly from 01JUL20, 14 from 01AUG20)
Dusseldorf – Patrai eff 03JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 04AUG20)
Dusseldorf – Rhodes eff 02JUL20 3 weekly (4 weekly from 10JUL20, 6 from 01AUG20)
Dusseldorf – Tenerife South eff 06JUL20 2 weekly (4 weekly from 03AUG20)
Frankfurt – Agadir eff 06AUG20 1 weekly
Frankfurt – Barcelona eff 07AUG20 1 weekly
Frankfurt – Corfu eff 11JUL20 2 weekly
Frankfurt – Dalaman eff 17JUL20 2 weekly
Frankfurt – Djerba eff 06AUG20 1 weekly
Frankfurt – Enfidha eff 02AUG20 2 weekly
Frankfurt – Faro 2 weekly
Frankfurt – Fuerteventura eff 01JUL20 2 weekly (4 weekly from 11JUL20, 5 from 06AUG20)
Frankfurt – Funchal eff 19JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 28JUL20)
Frankfurt – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 03JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 20JUL20, 3 from 26JUL20, 5 from 03AUG20)
Frankfurt – Hurghada eff 01AUG20 5 weekly
Frankfurt – Ibiza eff 11JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 04AUG20)
Frankfurt – Irakleion eff 01JUL20 2 weekly (5 weekly from 17JUL20, 7 from 05AUG20)
Frankfurt – Jerez de la Frontera eff 12JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 03AUG20)
Frankfurt – Kos eff 01JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 24JUL20, 4 from 03AUG20)
Frankfurt – Lamezia Terme eff 01AUG20 1 weekly
Frankfurt – Lanzarote eff 04JUL20 2 weekly
Frankfurt – Larnaca eff 02AUG20 1 weekly
Frankfurt – Mahon eff 12JUL20 2 weekly
Frankfurt – Marsa Alam eff 04AUG20 2 weekly
Frankfurt – Palma Mallorca 6 weekly (10 weekly from 01AUG20)
Frankfurt – Patrai eff 03JUL20 2 weekly
Frankfurt – Rhodes eff 01JUL20 2 weekly (4 weekly from 14JUL20, 6 from 02AUG20)
Frankfurt – Tenerife South eff 02JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 11JUL20, 3 from 04AUG20)
Hamburg – Fuerteventura eff 10JUL20 1 weekly

Hamburg – Funchal eff 04JUL20 1 weekly
Hamburg – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 02JUL20 1 weekly

Hamburg – Irakleion eff 21JUL20 1 weekly
Hamburg – Kos eff 06JUL20 1 weekly
Hamburg – Malta eff 02AUG20 1 weekly
Hamburg – Rhodes eff 22JUL20 1 weekly
Hamburg – Tenerife South eff 12JUL20 1 weekly
Hamburg – Trieste 16AUG20 / 23AUG20
Hannover – Agadir eff 03AUG20 1 weekly
Hannover – Corfu eff 11JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 28JUL20)
Hannover – Dalaman eff 17JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 03AUG20)
Hannover – Djerba eff 05AUG20 1 weekly
Hannover – Enfidha eff 02AUG20 2 weekly
Hannover – Faro 2 weekly (3 weekly from 07AUG20)
Hannover – Fuerteventura eff 01JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 13JUL20, 5 from 06AUG20)
Hannover – Funchal eff 07JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 26JUL20)
Hannover – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 05JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 24JUL20, 4 from 31JUL20)
Hannover – Hurghada eff 04AUG20 2 weekly
Hannover – Ibiza eff 27JUN20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 07JUL20)
Hannover – Irakleion eff 01JUL20 1 weekly (4 weekly from 13JUL20, 6 from 01AUG20)
Hannover – Jerez de la Frontera eff 23JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 02AUG20)
Hannover – Kos eff 29JUN20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 15JUL20, 3 from 24JUL20, 4 from 01AUG20)
Hannover – Lanzarote eff 05JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 05AUG20)
Hannover – Larnaca eff 23JUL20 1 weekly
Hannover – Mahon eff 05JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 23JUL20)
Hannover – Malta eff 02AUG20 1 weekly (No service 10AUG20 – 29AUG20, except 21AUG20)
Hannover – Marsa Alam eff 02AUG20 1 weekly
Hannover – Palma Mallorca 7 weekly (12 weekly from 01AUG20)
Hannover – Patrai eff 10JUL20 1 weekly
Hannover – Rhodes eff 07JUL20 1 weekly (3 weekly from 25JUL20, 5 from 05AUG20)
Hannover – Tenerife South eff 18JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 06AUG20, 3 from 16AUG20)
Hannover – Trieste 16AUG20 / 23AUG20
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden – Fuerteventura eff 03AUG20 1 weekly
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 02AUG20 1 weekly
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden – Hurghada eff 04AUG20 1 weekly
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden – Irakleion eff 01AUG20 2 weekly
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden – Kos eff 08JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 01AUG20)
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden – Palma Mallorca eff 02AUG20 5 weekly
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden – Rhodes eff 09JUL20 1 weekly
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden – Tenerife South eff 07AUG20 1 weekly
Munich – Corfu eff 07JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 01AUG20)
Munich – Dalaman eff 03AUG20 1 weekly
Munich – Djerba eff 05AUG20 1 weekly
Munich – Fuerteventura eff 02JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 01AUG20)
Munich – Funchal eff 21JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 02AUG20)
Munich – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 13JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 05AUG20)
Munich – Kos eff 10JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 22JUL20, 5 from 01AUG20)
Munich – Hurghada eff 04AUG20 3 weekly
Munich – Ibiza eff 01AUG20 2 weekly
Munich – Irakleion eff 04JUL20 2 weekly (4 weekly from 15JUL20, 7 from 01AUG20)
Munich – Jerez de la Frontera eff 06AUG20 1 weekly
Munich – Lanzarote eff 12JUL20 1 weekly
Munich – Mahon eff 12JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 06AUG20)
Munich – Marsa Alam eff 07AUG20 1 weekly
Munich – Malta eff 02AUG20 1 weekly
Munich – Patrai eff 31JUL20 1 weekly
Munich – Rhodes eff 06JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 22JUL20, 5 from 01AUG20)
Munich – Tenerife South eff 11JUL20 2 weekly
Munich – Trieste 16AUG20 / 23AUG20
Nuremberg – Corfu eff 18JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 04AUG20)
Nuremberg – Fuerteventura eff 25JUL20 1 weekly
Nuremberg – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 19JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 05AUG20)
Nuremberg – Hurghada eff 03AUG20 2 weekly
Nuremberg – Irakleion eff 19JUL20 1 weekly (4 weekly from 05AUG20)
Nuremberg – Kos eff 20JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 07AUG20)
Nuremberg – Marsa Alam eff 04AUG20 1 weekly
Nuremberg – Palma Mallorca eff 01AUG20 3 weekly
Nuremberg – Rhodes eff 18JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 06AUG20)
Paderborn – Fuerteventura eff 13JUL20 2 weekly
Paderborn – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 19JUL20 1 weekly
Paderborn – Hurghada eff 04AUG20 1 weekly
Paderborn – Irakleion eff 03JUL20 2 weekly
Paderborn – Rhodes eff 02JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 19JUL20)
Paderborn – Tenerife South eff 18JUL20 1 weekly
Saarbruecken – Fuerteventura eff 01AUG20 1 weekly
Saarbruecken – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 02AUG20 1 weekly
Saarbruecken – Kos eff 01AUG20 2 weekly
Saarbruecken – Irakleion eff 14JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 04AUG20)
Saarbruecken – Palma Mallorca eff 01AUG20 7 weekly
Saarbruecken – Rhodes eff 06AUG20 1 weekly
Saarbruecken – Tenerife South eff 05AUG20 1 weekly
Stuttgart – Corfu eff 07JUL20 1 weekly
Stuttgart – Dalaman eff 20JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 07AUG20)
Stuttgart – Faro 1 weekly (2 weekly from 08JUL20, 3 from 26JUL20)
Stuttgart – Fuerteventura eff 04JUL20 2 weekly (4 weekly from 31JUL20)
Stuttgart – Funchal eff 19JUL20 1 weekly
Stuttgart – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 05JUL20 1 weekly (3 weekly from 24JUL20, 4 from 05AUG20)
Stuttgart – Hurghada eff 04AUG20 2 weekly
Stuttgart – Ibiza eff 01AUG20 2 weekly
Stuttgart – Irakleion eff 03JUL20 3 weekly (5 weekly from 10JUL20, 7 from 03AUG20)
Stuttgart – Jerez de la Frontera eff 27JUL20 3 weekly
Stuttgart – Kos eff 04JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 22JUL20, 4 from 07AUG20)
Stuttgart – Lanzarote eff 12JUL20 1 weekly
Stuttgart – Mahon eff 02AUG20 2 weekly
Stuttgart – Marsa Alam eff 05AUG20 1 weekly
Stuttgart – Palma Mallorca 6 weekly (9 weekly from 01AUG20)
Stuttgart – Patrai eff 10JUL20 1 weekly
Stuttgart – Rhodes eff 06JUL20 2 weekly (5 weekly from 04AUG20)
Stuttgart – Tenerife South eff 04JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 06AUG20)

Published on 30.06.2020
TUIfly June – August 2020 operations as of 28JUN20

Published on 28.06.2020
Lufthansa resumes flights between Frankfurt, Shanghai as COVID-19 restrictions ease

Published on 23.06.2020
Lufthansa to close SunExpress Germany

Published on 22.06.2020
Sundair S20 operations as of 21JUN20

Published on 12.06.2020
Condor Sep/Oct 2020 Long-Haul operations as of 11JUN20

Published on 10.06.2020Eurowings adds new flights as demand increases

 

10.06.2020 SunExpress Germany this week plans to resume scheduled passenger service, initially on flights to/from Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. Planned operation for the month of June 2020, as of 08JUN20 as follows.

Dusseldorf – Adana 
eff 11JUN20 3 weekly
Dusseldorf – Kayseri eff 12JUN20 3 weekly
Dusseldorf – Ordu-Giresun eff 13JUN20 2 weekly
Dusseldorf – Trabzon 
eff 13JUN20 2 weekly
Frankfurt – Ankara eff 13JUN20 1 weekly
Frankfurt – Kayseri eff 12JUN20 2 weekly
Stuttgart – Adana eff 11JUN20 1 weekly
Stuttgart – Ankara eff 15JUN20 2 weekly
Stuttgart – Kayseri eff 11JUN20 2 weekly
Stuttgart – Trabzon eff 16JUN20 1 weeklyAdditional routes and frequencies will be added by late-June and early-July 2020.

Published on 09.06.2020

Eurowings resumes Frankfurt–Windhoek service eff. 30JUN20

SunExpress Germany June 2020 operations as of 08JUN20

 

Published on 07.06.2020

COVID-19: Lufthansa offers ‘return-flight-guarantee’

 

03.06.2020. Lufthansa last week extended interim schedule to late-June 2020, as the airline continues to restore additional European markets from 15JUN20. Planned European operation for the month of June 2020 as follows.

Additional changes remain likely, due to various travel restrictions.

Frankfurt – Amsterdam 2 daily E190
Frankfurt – Athens 1 daily A320neo (2 daily from 15JUN20)
Frankfurt – Barcelona 2 daily A320neo (A320neo/321neo from 15JUN20)
Frankfurt – Berlin Tegel 3 daily A320neo
Frankfurt – Bilbao eff 15JUN20 3 weekly A319
Frankfurt – Billund eff 01JUN20 3 weekly E190 (5 weekly from 16JUN20)
Frankfurt – Birmingham eff 15JUN20 5 weekly E190/A319
Frankfurt – Bologna eff 15JUN20 4 weekly E195 (Air Dolomiti aircraft)
Frankfurt – Bremen eff 15JUN20 12 weekly A319/CRJ900/E190
Frankfurt – Brussels 2 daily E190/CRJ900
Frankfurt – Bucharest eff 17JUN20 1 daily A320neo
Frankfurt – Budapest eff 01JUN20 1 daily A320neo (2 daily from 15JUN20)
Frankfurt – Copenhagen 2 daily E190/A320neo
Frankfurt – Dresden eff 15JUN20 12 weekly CRJ900/E190
Frankfurt – Dublin eff 01JUN20 5 weekly A320neo
Frankfurt – Dubrovnik eff 20JUN20 1 weekly A320neo
Frankfurt – Faro 
eff 20JUN20 2 weekly A321neo
Frankfurt – Geneva 1 daily E190 until 14JUN20
Frankfurt – Gothenburg 5 weekly E190 (1 daily from 20JUN20 with various aircraft)
Frankfurt – Hamburg 3 daily E190 (2 on weekdays; A320 series from 15JUN@0)
Frankfurt – Hannover eff 01JUN20 13 weekly E190
Frankfurt – Helsinki 1 daily E190
Frankfurt – Heringsdorf eff 06JUN20 1 weekly E190
Frankfurt – Ibiza eff 20JUN20 1 weekly A320neo
Frankfurt – Krakow eff 07JUN20 5 weekly E190 (1 daily from 15JUN20)
Frankfurt – Kyiv Borispil eff 15JUN20 5 weekly A320neo
Frankfurt – Larnaca eff 20JUN20 1 weekly A321neo
Frankfurt – Lisbon 2 daily A321neo
Frankfurt – Ljubljana eff 15JUN20 6 weekly E190
Frankfurt – London Heathrow 3 daily A320neo/321neo
Frankfurt – Lyon eff 16JUN20 3 weekly E190
Frankfurt – Madrid 2 daily A320neo (3 daily from 15JUN20)
Frankfurt – Malaga eff 20JUN20 1 weekly A320neo
Frankfurt – Malta 
eff 17JUN20 3 weekly A321neo
Frankfurt – Manchester eff 01JUN20 6 weekly E190/A320neo
Frankfurt – Milan Malpensa 1 daily E195 (2 daily from 16JUN20; Air Dolomiti aircraft)
Frankfurt – Munich 2 daily A320neo (3 daily from 08JUN20)
Frankfurt – Nice eff 04JUN20 3 weekly E190/A320neo
Frankfurt – Oslo 2 daily A320neo (3 daily from 15JUN20)
Frankfurt – Palma Mallorca eff 06JUN20 1 weekly A320neo (3 weekly from 19JUN20 with A320neo/321neo)
Frankfurt – Paris CDG 2 daily A320neo
Frankfurt – Porto 4 weekly A321neo (5 weekly from 20JUN20, A320neo/321neo)
Frankfurt – Prague eff 01JUN20 1 daily E190 (2 daily from 15JUN20)
Frankfurt – Pula eff 20JUN20 1 weekly E190
Frankfurt – Riga eff 02JUN20 3 weekly A320neo
Frankfurt – Rome 1 daily A320neo (2 daily from 08JUN20, various aircraft)
Frankfurt – Sofia eff 01JUN20 3 weekly A320neo (1 daily from 23JUN20)

Frankfurt – Split eff 20JUN20 1 weekly
Frankfurt – Stockholm 2 daily A320neo
Frankfurt – Sylt eff 01JUN20 2 weekly E190 (1 weekly A319 from 19JUN20)
Frankfurt – Tallinn 4 weekly A320neo (1 daily E190/A320neo from 15JUN20)
Frankfurt – Venice 
eff 15JUN20 1 daily E195 (Air Dolomiti aircraft)
Frankfurt – Vienna 
2 daily A320neo
Frankfurt – Vilnius 4 weekly A320neo (5 weekly from 16JUN20)
Frankfurt – Warsaw 2 daily A320neo (1 daily on Sundays)
Frankfurt – Zurich 2 daily E190/A320neo
Munich – Amsterdam eff 15JUN20 6 weekly CRJ900
Munich – Athens eff 15JUN20 5 weekly A319
Munich – Barcelona eff 15JUN20 1 daily A319
Munich – Basel/Mulhouse eff 15JUN20 6 weekly CRJ900
Munich – Bastia eff 20JUN20 1 weekly CRJ900
Munich – Belgrade eff 23JUN20 3 weekly CRJ900
Munich – Berlin Tegel 18 weekly A319/CRJ900
Munich – Bremen 6 weekly A319/CRJ900 (12 weekly from 15JUN20)
Munich – Brussels eff 01JUN20 6 weekly CRJ900 (2 daily from 15JUN20)
Munich – Bucharest eff 17JUN20 5 weekly CRJ900
Munich – Budapest eff 16JUN20 3 weekly CRJ900
Munich – Catania eff 20JUN20 1 weekly CRJ900
Munich – Copenhagen eff 15JUN20 1 daily CRJ900/A319
Munich – Dubrovnik eff 20JUN20 1 weekly CRJ900
Munich – Dusseldorf 18 weekly A319/CRJ900 (33 weekly from 15JUN20)
Munich – Faro eff 17JUN20 2 weekly A319
Munich – Geneva eff 15JUN20 5 weekly CRJ900
Munich – Hamburg 18 weekly A319/CRJ900 (32 weekly from 15JUN20)
Munich – Hannover 6 weekly A319/CRJ900
Munich – Helsinki eff 15JUN20 5 weekly CRJ900/A319
Munich – Larnaca eff 20JUN20 1 weekly A319
Munich – Lisbon eff 15JUN20 5 weekly A319
Munich – London Heathrow eff 15JUN20 1 daily A320neo
Munich – Luxembourg eff 15JUN20 5 weekly CRJ900
Munich – Lyon eff 15JUN20 5 weekly CRJ900
Munich – Madrid eff 15JUN20 1 daily CRJ900/A319
Munich – Malaga eff 20JUN20 1 weekly A319
Munich – Milan Malpensa 1 daily CRJ900 (12 weekly from 15JUN20)
Munich – Muenster 6 weekly CRJ900
Munich – Nice eff 15JUN20 4 weekly CRJ900
Munich – Palermo eff 20JUN20 1 weekly CRJ900
Munich – Palma Mallorca eff 06JUN20 1 weekly A319 (3 weekly A319/CRJ900 from 15JUN20)
Munich – Paris CDG eff 15JUN20 1 daily CRJ900/A319
Munich – Porto eff 17JUN20 3 weekly A319/CRJ900
Munich – Prague eff 15JUN20 3 weekly CRJ900
Munich – Rome eff 03JUN20 4 weekly CRJ900 (14 weekly CRJ900/A319 from 15JUN20)
Munich – Rostock 2 weekly CRJ900
Munich – Split 
eff 20JUN20 1 weekly CRJ900
Munich – Stockholm Arlanda eff 15JUN20 1 daily A319/CRJ900
Munich – Sylt 6 weekly A319/CRJ900
Munich – Toulouse eff 15JUN20 5 weekly CRJ900
Munich – Vienna eff 01JUN20 5 weekly A319/CRJ900 (11 weekly from 15JUN20)
Munich – Warsaw eff 15JUN20 5 weekly CRJ900
Munich – Zurich eff 01JUN20 1 daily A319/CRJ900 (2 daily CRJ900 from 15JUN20)

02.06.2020

Lufthansa last week extended interim schedule by additional 2 weeks, now in effect until 30JUN20. For the month of June 2020, the Star Alliance carrier is resuming additional Inter-continental routes in the second half. Planned operation as of 31MAY20 as follows.

Frankfurt – Abuja – Port Harcourt eff 07JUN20 3 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Bangkok eff 03JUN20 3 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Beijing Capital eff 23JUN20 3 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Cairo eff 09JUN20 1 weekly A321neo (3 weekly from 16JUN20)
Frankfurt – Chicago O’Hare 3 weekly 747-8I
Frankfurt – Dubai eff 07JUN20 3 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Johannesburg eff 02JUN20 3 weekly 747-8I
Frankfurt – Mexico City eff 03JUN20 3 weekly 747-8I
Frankfurt – Mumbai eff 03JUN20 3 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Newark 3 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – Riyadh – Bahrain eff 14JUN20 3 weekly A330-300
Frankfurt – San Jose (Costa Rica) eff 17JUN20 2 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Sao Paulo Guarulhos 5 weekly 747-8I
Frankfurt – Shanghai Pu Dong eff 22JUN20 3 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Tel Aviv eff 02JUN20 3 weekly A321neo
Frankfurt – Tokyo Haneda 
3 weekly A340-300
Frankfurt – Toronto eff 03JUN20 3 weekly A330-300
Munich – Chicago O’Hare eff 02JUN20 3 weekly A350-900XWB
Munich – Delhi eff 16JUN20 3 weekly A350-900XWB
Munich – Los Angeles eff 03JUN20 3 weekly A350-900XWB
Munich – Montreal eff 22JUN20 3 weekly A350-900XWB
Munich – San Francisco eff 23JUN20 3 weekly A350-900XWB
Munich – Seoul Incheon eff 22JUN20 3 weekly A350-900XWB
Munich – Tel Aviv eff 03JUN20 3 weekly A319

01.06 Lufthansa Group airlines will restart eight routes from the UK and Ireland on June 15 as the group’s carriers ramp up services to summer holiday destinations and business centers with Europe attempting a slow return to normalcy from COVID-19 lockdowns.

From June 15, Lufthansa Group airlines will operate 115 weekly frequencies in total from Birmingham (BHX), Edinburgh (EDI), London Heathrow (LHR) and Manchester (MAN) in the UK as well as Dublin (DUB)—11 of the weekly frequencies will be from the Irish capital.

The restarted routes will be: DUB-Geneva (GVA), to be operated by subsidiary SWISS International Air Lines; LHR-Munich (MUC), to be operated by Lufthansa; LHR-Vienna (VIE), to be operated by another subsidiary, Austrian Airlines; LHR-Brussels (BRU), to be operated by a third subsidiary, Brussels Airlines; MAN-Zurich (ZRH), to be operated by SWISS; BHX-BRU, to be operated by Brussels Airlines; EDI-Frankfurt (FRA), to be operated by Lufthansa; and EDI-GVA, to be operated by SWISS-subsidiary Edelweiss.

Published on 29.05.2020
Eurowings to being operations from Germany 15 June

Published on 24.05.2020
Lufthansa to resume flights to 20 destinations from mid-June

Published on 21.05.2020
Condor to resume its summer schedule on June 25

Published on 20.05.2020
Eurowings is significantly expanding its flight schedule from June 2020 and will return to Bosnia and Herzegovina, while growing its presence in Croatia

Lufthansa
Lufthansa to resume flights to 20 destinations from mid-June

Lufthansa
Lufthansa 01 – 14JUN20 operations as of 14MAY20

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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Germany
Crossing Rules

Entry restrictions for passengers who arrive from or have been in Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Czechia, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Iran, Israel, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mexico, Montenegro, Namibia, North Macedonia, Palestinian Territories, Panama, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, United States
Passengers entering Germany from Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Czechia, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Eswatini (Swaziland), Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Kosovo (Rep.), Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Lithuania, Malawi, Mexico, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, North Macedonia (Rep.), Palestinian Territory, Panama, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia or Zimbabwe must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result. The test must have been taken at most 48 hours before arrival. Tests accepted are: Antigen, PCR, RT-LAMP and TMA tests. The certificate must be in English, French or German.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 6 years.

Entry restrictions
Passengers arriving from a country other than Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ireland (Rep.), Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Portugal, South Africa, United Kingdom, Zambia or Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to passengers arriving from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland.
– This does not apply to immediate family members of nationals of EEA Member States and Switzerland. They must present proof of their family relationship.
– This does not apply to immediate family members of residents of Germany. They must present proof of their family relationship.
– This does not apply to passengers with a visa issued by Germany after 17 March 2020.
– This does not apply to passengers with a long term “D” visa issued by Germany.
– This does not apply to passengers with a long term “D” visa issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland.
– This does not apply to students.
– This does not apply to unmarried partners of residents of Germany. They must have a written invitation and a copy of the identity document of the resident in Germany. They must also have a declaration and be able to present proof of their relationship.

Passengers entering Germany from a country other than Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Czechia, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Eswatini (Swaziland), Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Kosovo (Rep.), Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Lithuania, Malawi, Mexico, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, North Macedonia (Rep.), Palestinian Territory, Panama, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia or Zimbabwe are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test upon arrival.

Passengers and airline crew arriving from high risk countries must register before departure at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de

More Coronavirus (COVID-19) related information can be found at www.bundespolizei.de/Web/DE/04Aktuelles/01Meldungen/2020/03/200317_faq.html

Ban entry for passengers who arrive from or have been in Botswana, Brazil, Ireland, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Portugal, South Africa, Swaziland, United Kingdom, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Passengers arriving from Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ireland (Rep.), Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Portugal, South Africa, United Kingdom, Zambia or Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter.

Passengers entering Germany from Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Czechia, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Eswatini (Swaziland), Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Kosovo (Rep.), Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Lithuania, Malawi, Mexico, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, North Macedonia (Rep.), Palestinian Territory, Panama, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia or Zimbabwe must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result. The test must have been taken at most 48 hours before arrival. Tests accepted are: Antigen, PCR, RT-LAMP and TMA tests. The certificate must be in English, French or German.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 6 years.

Quarantine is possible
Passengers arriving from a country other than Brazil, Ireland (Rep.), South Africa or United Kingdom without a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result could be subject to a PCR test upon arrival and quarantine for 10 days. Tests accepted are: Antigen, LAMP, NAAT, PCR and TMA tests. More information can be found at www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/faq-tests-entering-germany.html

More Coronavirus (COVID-19) related information can be found at www.bundespolizei.de/Web/DE/04Aktuelles/01Meldungen/2020/03/200317_faq.html

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Movement restrictions

National movement restrictions: Partially banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 14 October 2020 to 31 December 2020

Free movement of people. Instruction to keep 1.5m distance between people and to wear the mask in public transport and shops. AHA+H+L rule applies (see Other below). Fines are applied for those refusing to wear masks. Restrictions to be introduced if the number of new infections reaches 35/100.000 in the last 7 days (see Other below).

International movement restrictions: Partially banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 08 August 2020 to 31 December 2020

Since 8 August travelers returning to Germany from risk areas need to provide either a negative test result which is not older than 48h or undergo a test within 10 days after arrival. Quarantine is mandatory until negative test result is received. Since 15 September tests are not anymore for free. As risk areas are defined areas in which the number of cases during the last 7 days is above 50 per 100.000 inhabitants. The list is maintained by Robert Koch Institute (see link below). Random controls of measures. From 1 October quarantine can be ended at the earliest 5 days after a negative test result.
Information of travelers using airplanes or ships are recorded at arrival in Germany.
It is generally recommended to not travel to risk areas.

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Flight Restrictions

published 27.11.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers are not allowed to enter.

– This does not apply to passengers arriving from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom.

– This does not apply to passengers with a long term visa issued by EEA Member States or Switzerland.
– This does not apply to passengers with a visa issued by Germany after 17 March 2020.
– This does not apply to immediate family members of nationals of EEA Member States and Switzerland. They must present proof of their family relationship.
– This does not apply to immediate family members of British nationals. They must present proof of their family relationship.
– This does not apply to immediate family members of residents of Germany. They must present proof of their family relationship.
– This does not apply to passengers traveling as students if they cannot complete their study outside Germany.
– This does not apply to unmarried partners of residents of Germany. They must have a written invitation and a copy of the identity document of the resident in Germany. They must also have a declaration and be able to present proof of their relationship.

Passengers arriving from high risk countries must register before departure at einreiseanmeldung.de

More Coronavirus (COVID-19) related information can be found at bundespolizei.de

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Quarantine

Self-isolation at own accommodation- subject to categorisation.

Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must undergo a 10-day quarantine after arrival in Germany. After 5 days they can end the quarantine obligation with a SARS-CoV-2 negative test result.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification subject to special conditions.

All travellers by air are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival. Accepted tests: PCR, TMA, LAMP, rapid antigen. Antibody tests are not accepted. Children aged 5 and under are exempted. Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas are subject to stricter rules.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: no
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Shop and Events

Non-essential shops closure: Open

Restrictive measures mandatory between 14 October 2020 to 31 December 2020

All shops are open under the condition that distance & sanitary measures are respected. End of May/beginning of June in most federal states theaters, cinemas, restaurants, gyms, swimming pools are reopening. In all states restaurants and bars are open (mandatory is registration of people and seating), restrictions to be introduced if the number of new infections reaches 35/100.000 in the last 7 days (see Other below).

Events stop: Partially banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 14 October 2020 to 31 December 2020

If more than 35 new infections per 100.000 in one week reduction of nb of people who can meet to 25 for public-, 15 for private events.
If more than 50 new infections per 100.000 in one week reduction of nb of people who can meet to 10 in public areas and 10 from max 2 housholds in private locations. Number of participants to other events should then also not be >100 (exceptions on request are possible).
Big events (>500) are suspended until 31 December.

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Schools/Univercity closure

Schools/Univ. closure: Open

Restrictive measures mandatory between 03 August 2020 to 31 December 2020

Distance and hygiene measures to be respected. Presence is organised in shifts. In addition, wearing masks in schools is recommended but in some states schools can decide.

Other

Other: partially closed/partially cancelled

Restrictive measures mandatory between 14 October 2020 to 31 December 2020

35 new infections per 100.000 inhabitants is used as 1st threshold to start implementing stricter measures, from 50 new infections/100.000 measure should be more strict (so-called hotspot strategy is applied: mandatory curfew for bars at and no more alcohol served for outside consumption after 23.00, reduction of people who can meet to 10). Heavily debated is that some regions have introduced bans for tourists from red zones to stay in hotels. If numbers do not go down within the following 10 days then stricter measures should be applied.
All citizens are invited to use the Corona-Warn-App which is available since 16 June 2020.
General rules extended to AHA+H+L meaning distance+hygiene+mask+App+ventilation

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Full Restrictions

  • Germany Latest News: Germany eases entry restrictions for travelers who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 to enter the country without quarantine (Xinhua, 13.05.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing travel restrictions on the basis of the information underpinning the EU “traffic lights” approach, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Risk areas are defined as ‘virus variant area’, ‘high incidence area’, or ‘risk area’. The website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) shows which country falls into which category.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers by air are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.

    The test must be taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.

    Accepted tests: PCR, TMA, LAMP, rapid antigen. Antibody tests are not accepted.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    • The test result has to be available as a printout or in electronic form;
    • The certificate needs to be personalised (including name, address, date of birth of the person tested);
    • It has to be available in the German, English or French language;
    • The proof must include the test method and the test result;
    • The test result needs to be validated by a physician or a recognised laboratory.

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof of a negative test result or corresponding medical certificate, upon entry. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must complete a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Germany.

    The quarantine period may be shortened by taking a second PCR test no less than 5 days after arrival. If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end.

    Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation. For more information on quarantine regulations and possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are available at the following website.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, go into quarantine. If in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    All passengers aged 6 years and older entering Germany on flights from high-risk, high-variant and non-risk areas must present a negative Covid-19 test upon departure, taken no more than 48 hours before arrival in Germany.

    The testing obligations also apply to passengers with a connecting flight in Frankfurt or Munich. There are no exceptions to the testing obligation for transit passengers – even if they do not leave the transit area in Frankfurt or Munich.

    There are no exceptions for people who have already been vaccinated.

     

    Additionally, the following provisions apply to third-country nationals:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    COVID-19 restrictions: Restrictions on social contact aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 are in place in Germany:
    • Private gatherings are restricted to one household plus another household up to a maximum of five people. Children under the age of 14 do not count towards the maximum of five. Tighter restrictions are in place in areas of high infection rates.
    • Employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 30 April
    • Restrictions on retail, outdoor gastronomy, museums, art galleries, and other cultural and leisure activities are in force.
    • Services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned.
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened
    • Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance.
    These restrictions are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. Where the seven–day incidence rate exceeds 100, restrictions may be tighter or be re-imposed with limited notice.
    As rules may vary please check the latest local guidance
    (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 18 April.

    Read more
    14.05.2021
  • Germany Latest News: German government bans some flights, travelers from India because of rising cases of COVID-19 (Times of India, 26.04.2021). German government classifies Cape Verde, India, Oman, Qatar and Tunisia as new COVID-19 ‘high incidence areas’; Albania and Moldova downgraded (Media Reports, 26.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing travel restrictions on the basis of the information underpinning the EU “traffic lights” approach, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Risk areas are defined as ‘virus variant area’, ‘high incidence area’, or ‘risk area’. The website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) shows which country falls into which category.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers by air are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.

    The test must be taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.

    Accepted tests: PCR, TMA, LAMP, rapid antigen. Antibody tests are not accepted.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    • The test result has to be available as a printout or in electronic form;
    • The certificate needs to be personalised (including name, address, date of birth of the person tested);
    • It has to be available in the German, English or French language;
    • The proof must include the test method and the test result;
    • The test result needs to be validated by a physician or a recognised laboratory.

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof of a negative test result or corresponding medical certificate, upon entry. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must complete a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Germany.

    The quarantine period may be shortened by taking a second PCR test no less than 5 days after arrival. If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end.

    Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation. For more information on quarantine regulations and possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are available at the following website.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, go into quarantine. If in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    All passengers aged 6 years and older entering Germany on flights from high-risk, high-variant and non-risk areas must present a negative Covid-19 test upon departure, taken no more than 48 hours before arrival in Germany.

    The testing obligations also apply to passengers with a connecting flight in Frankfurt or Munich. There are no exceptions to the testing obligation for transit passengers – even if they do not leave the transit area in Frankfurt or Munich.

    There are no exceptions for people who have already been vaccinated.

     

    Additionally, the following provisions apply to third-country nationals:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    COVID-19 restrictions: Restrictions on social contact aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 are in place in Germany:
    • Private gatherings are restricted to one household plus another household up to a maximum of five people. Children under the age of 14 do not count towards the maximum of five. Tighter restrictions are in place in areas of high infection rates.
    • Employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 30 April
    • Restrictions on retail, outdoor gastronomy, museums, art galleries, and other cultural and leisure activities are in force.
    • Services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned.
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened
    • Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance.
    These restrictions are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. Where the seven–day incidence rate exceeds 100, restrictions may be tighter or be re-imposed with limited notice.
    As rules may vary please check the latest local guidance
    (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 18 April.

    Read more
    12.05.2021
  • Germany Latest News: German government bans some flights, travelers from India because of rising cases of COVID-19 (Times of India, 26.04.2021). German government classifies Cape Verde, India, Oman, Qatar and Tunisia as new COVID-19 ‘high incidence areas’; Albania and Moldova downgraded (Media Reports, 26.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing travel restrictions on the basis of the information underpinning the EU “traffic lights” approach, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Risk areas are defined as ‘virus variant area’, ‘high incidence area’, or ‘risk area’. The website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) shows which country falls into which category.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers by air are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.

    The test must be taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.

    Accepted tests: PCR, TMA, LAMP, rapid antigen. Antibody tests are not accepted.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    • The test result has to be available as a printout or in electronic form;
    • The certificate needs to be personalised (including name, address, date of birth of the person tested);
    • It has to be available in the German, English or French language;
    • The proof must include the test method and the test result;
    • The test result needs to be validated by a physician or a recognised laboratory.

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof of a negative test result or corresponding medical certificate, upon entry. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must complete a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Germany.

    The quarantine period may be shortened by taking a second PCR test no less than 5 days after arrival. If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end.

    Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation. For more information on quarantine regulations and possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are available at the following website.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, go into quarantine. If in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    All passengers aged 6 years and older entering Germany on flights from high-risk, high-variant and non-risk areas must present a negative Covid-19 test upon departure, taken no more than 48 hours before arrival in Germany.

    The testing obligations also apply to passengers with a connecting flight in Frankfurt or Munich. There are no exceptions to the testing obligation for transit passengers – even if they do not leave the transit area in Frankfurt or Munich.

    There are no exceptions for people who have already been vaccinated.

     

    Additionally, the following provisions apply to third-country nationals:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    COVID-19 restrictions: Restrictions on social contact aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 are in place in Germany:
    • Private gatherings are restricted to one household plus another household up to a maximum of five people. Children under the age of 14 do not count towards the maximum of five. Tighter restrictions are in place in areas of high infection rates.
    • Employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 30 April
    • Restrictions on retail, outdoor gastronomy, museums, art galleries, and other cultural and leisure activities are in force.
    • Services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned.
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened
    • Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance.
    These restrictions are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. Where the seven–day incidence rate exceeds 100, restrictions may be tighter or be re-imposed with limited notice.
    As rules may vary please check the latest local guidance
    (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 18 April.

    Read more
    11.05.2021
  • Germany Latest News: German government bans some flights, travelers from India because of rising cases of COVID-19 (Times of India, 26.04.2021). German government classifies Cape Verde, India, Oman, Qatar and Tunisia as new COVID-19 ‘high incidence areas’; Albania and Moldova downgraded (Media Reports, 26.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing travel restrictions on the basis of the information underpinning the EU “traffic lights” approach, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Risk areas are defined as ‘virus variant area’, ‘high incidence area’, or ‘risk area’. The website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) shows which country falls into which category.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers by air are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.

    The test must be taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.

    Accepted tests: PCR, TMA, LAMP, rapid antigen. Antibody tests are not accepted.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    • The test result has to be available as a printout or in electronic form;
    • The certificate needs to be personalised (including name, address, date of birth of the person tested);
    • It has to be available in the German, English or French language;
    • The proof must include the test method and the test result;
    • The test result needs to be validated by a physician or a recognised laboratory.

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof of a negative test result or corresponding medical certificate, upon entry. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must complete a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Germany.

    The quarantine period may be shortened by taking a second PCR test no less than 5 days after arrival. If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end.

    Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation. For more information on quarantine regulations and possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are available at the following website.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, go into quarantine. If in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Tthird-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    COVID-19 restrictions: Restrictions on social contact aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 are in place in Germany:
    • Private gatherings are restricted to one household plus another household up to a maximum of five people. Children under the age of 14 do not count towards the maximum of five. Tighter restrictions are in place in areas of high infection rates.
    • Employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 30 April
    • Restrictions on retail, outdoor gastronomy, museums, art galleries, and other cultural and leisure activities are in force.
    • Services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned.
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened
    • Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance.
    These restrictions are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. Where the seven–day incidence rate exceeds 100, restrictions may be tighter or be re-imposed with limited notice.
    As rules may vary please check the latest local guidance
    (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 18 April.

    Read more
    01.05.2021
  • Germany Latest News: German government bans some flights, travelers from India because of rising cases of COVID-19 (Times of India, 26.04.2021). German government classifies Cape Verde, India, Oman, Qatar and Tunisia as new COVID-19 ‘high incidence areas’; Albania and Moldova downgraded (Media Reports, 26.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing travel restrictions on the basis of the information underpinning the EU “traffic lights” approach, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Risk areas are defined as ‘virus variant area’, ‘high incidence area’, or ‘risk area’. The website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) shows which country falls into which category.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers by air are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.

    The test must be taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.

    Accepted tests: PCR, TMA, LAMP, rapid antigen. Antibody tests are not accepted.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    • The test result has to be available as a printout or in electronic form;
    • The certificate needs to be personalised (including name, address, date of birth of the person tested);
    • It has to be available in the German, English or French language;
    • The proof must include the test method and the test result;
    • The test result needs to be validated by a physician or a recognised laboratory.

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof of a negative test result or corresponding medical certificate, upon entry. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must complete a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Germany.

    The quarantine period may be shortened by taking a second PCR test no less than 5 days after arrival. If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end.

    Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation. For more information on quarantine regulations and possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are available at the following website.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, go into quarantine. If in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Tthird-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    COVID-19 restrictions: Restrictions on social contact aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 are in place in Germany:
    • Private gatherings are restricted to one household plus another household up to a maximum of five people. Children under the age of 14 do not count towards the maximum of five. Tighter restrictions are in place in areas of high infection rates.
    • Employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 30 April
    • Restrictions on retail, outdoor gastronomy, museums, art galleries, and other cultural and leisure activities are in force.
    • Services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned.
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened
    • Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance.
    These restrictions are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. Where the seven–day incidence rate exceeds 100, restrictions may be tighter or be re-imposed with limited notice.
    As rules may vary please check the latest local guidance
    (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 18 April.

    Read more
    28.04.2021
  • Germany Latest News: German government bans some flights, travelers from India because of rising cases of COVID-19 (Times of India, 26.04.2021). German government classifies Cape Verde, India, Oman, Qatar and Tunisia as new COVID-19 ‘high incidence areas’; Albania and Moldova downgraded (Media Reports, 26.04.2021). Travelers from Netherlands will need to show negative COVID-19 test and quarantine on arrival in Germany from 6 April (The Local, 04.04.2021). Government announces all persons entering country by plane must submit a negative COVID-19 (PCR, TMA, LAMP, rapid antigen) test result prior to boarding (SchengenInfo, 01.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing travel restrictions on the basis of the information underpinning the EU “traffic lights” approach, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Risk areas are defined as ‘virus variant area’, ‘high incidence area’, or ‘risk area’. The website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) shows which country falls into which category.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers by air are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.

    The test must be taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.

    Accepted tests: PCR, TMA, LAMP, rapid antigen. Antibody tests are not accepted.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    • The test result has to be available as a printout or in electronic form;
    • The certificate needs to be personalised (including name, address, date of birth of the person tested);
    • It has to be available in the German, English or French language;
    • The proof must include the test method and the test result;
    • The test result needs to be validated by a physician or a recognised laboratory.

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof of a negative test result or corresponding medical certificate, upon entry. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must complete a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Germany.

    The quarantine period may be shortened by taking a second PCR test no less than 5 days after arrival. If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end.

    Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation. For more information on quarantine regulations and possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are available at the following website.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, go into quarantine. If in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Tthird-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    COVID-19 restrictions: Restrictions on social contact aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 are in place in Germany:
    • Private gatherings are restricted to one household plus another household up to a maximum of five people. Children under the age of 14 do not count towards the maximum of five. Tighter restrictions are in place in areas of high infection rates.
    • Employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 30 April
    • Restrictions on retail, outdoor gastronomy, museums, art galleries, and other cultural and leisure activities are in force.
    • Services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned.
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened
    • Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance.
    These restrictions are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. Where the seven–day incidence rate exceeds 100, restrictions may be tighter or be re-imposed with limited notice.
    As rules may vary please check the latest local guidance
    (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 18 April.

    Read more
    27.04.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Travelers from Netherlands will need to show negative COVID-19 test and quarantine on arrival in Germany from 6 April (The Local, 04.04.2021). Government announces all persons entering country by plane must submit a negative COVID-19 (PCR, TMA, LAMP, rapid antigen) test result prior to boarding (SchengenInfo, 01.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing travel restrictions on the basis of the information underpinning the EU “traffic lights” approach, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Risk areas are defined as ‘virus variant area’, ‘high incidence area’, or ‘risk area’. The website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) shows which country falls into which category.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers by air are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.

    The test must be taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.

    Accepted tests: PCR, TMA, LAMP, rapid antigen. Antibody tests are not accepted.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    • The test result has to be available as a printout or in electronic form;
    • The certificate needs to be personalised (including name, address, date of birth of the person tested);
    • It has to be available in the German, English or French language;
    • The proof must include the test method and the test result;
    • The test result needs to be validated by a physician or a recognised laboratory.

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof of a negative test result or corresponding medical certificate, upon entry. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must complete a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Germany.

    The quarantine period may be shortened by taking a second PCR test no less than 5 days after arrival. If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end.

    Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation. For more information on quarantine regulations and possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are available at the following website.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, go into quarantine. If in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Tthird-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    COVID-19 restrictions: Restrictions on social contact aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 are in place in Germany:
    • Private gatherings are restricted to one household plus another household up to a maximum of five people. Children under the age of 14 do not count towards the maximum of five. Tighter restrictions are in place in areas of high infection rates.
    • Employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 30 April
    • Restrictions on retail, outdoor gastronomy, museums, art galleries, and other cultural and leisure activities are in force.
    • Services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned.
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened
    • Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance.
    These restrictions are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. Where the seven–day incidence rate exceeds 100, restrictions may be tighter or be re-imposed with limited notice.
    As rules may vary please check the latest local guidance
    (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 18 April.

    Read more
    26.04.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Travelers from Netherlands will need to show negative COVID-19 test and quarantine on arrival in Germany from 6 April (The Local, 04.04.2021). Government announces all persons entering country by plane must submit a negative COVID-19 (PCR, TMA, LAMP, rapid antigen) test result prior to boarding (SchengenInfo, 01.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:

    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing travel restrictions on the basis of the information underpinning the EU “traffic lights” approach, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Risk areas are defined as ‘virus variant area’, ‘high incidence area’, or ‘risk area’. The website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) shows which country falls into which category.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers by air are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.

    The test must be taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.

    Accepted tests: PCR, TMA, LAMP, rapid antigen. Antibody tests are not accepted.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    • The test result has to be available as a printout or in electronic form;
    • The certificate needs to be personalised (including name, address, date of birth of the person tested);
    • It has to be available in the German, English or French language;
    • The proof must include the test method and the test result;
    • The test result needs to be validated by a physician or a recognised laboratory.

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof of a negative test result or corresponding medical certificate, upon entry. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must complete a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Germany.

    The quarantine period may be shortened by taking a second PCR test no less than 5 days after arrival. If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end.

    Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation. For more information on quarantine regulations and possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are available at the following website.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, go into quarantine. If in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Tthird-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    COVID-19 restrictions: Restrictions on social contact aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 are in place in Germany:
    • Private gatherings are restricted to one household plus another household up to a maximum of five people. Children under the age of 14 do not count towards the maximum of five. Tighter restrictions are in place in areas of high infection rates.
    • Employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 30 April
    • Restrictions on retail, outdoor gastronomy, museums, art galleries, and other cultural and leisure activities are in force.
    • Services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned.
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened
    • Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance.
    These restrictions are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. Where the seven–day incidence rate exceeds 100, restrictions may be tighter or be re-imposed with limited notice.
    As rules may vary please check the latest local guidance
    (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 18 April.

    Read more
    23.04.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Travelers from Netherlands will need to show negative COVID-19 test and quarantine on arrival in Germany from 6 April (The Local, 04.04.2021). Government announces all persons entering country by plane must submit a negative COVID-19 (PCR, TMA, LAMP, rapid antigen) test result prior to boarding (SchengenInfo, 01.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing travel restrictions on the basis of the information underpinning the EU “traffic lights” approach, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Risk areas are defined as ‘virus variant area’, ‘high incidence area’, or ‘risk area’. The website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) shows which country falls into which category.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers by air are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.

    The test must be taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.

    Accepted tests: PCR, TMA, LAMP, rapid antigen. Antibody tests are not accepted.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    • The test result has to be available as a printout or in electronic form;
    • The certificate needs to be personalised (including name, address, date of birth of the person tested);
    • It has to be available in the German, English or French language;
    • The proof must include the test method and the test result;
    • The test result needs to be validated by a physician or a recognised laboratory.

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof of a negative test result or corresponding medical certificate, upon entry. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must complete a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Germany.

    The quarantine period may be shortened by taking a second PCR test no less than 5 days after arrival. If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end.

    Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation. For more information on quarantine regulations and possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are available at the following website.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, go into quarantine. If in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Tthird-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    COVID-19 restrictions: Restrictions on social contact aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 are in place in Germany:
    • Private gatherings are restricted to one household plus another household up to a maximum of five people. Children under the age of 14 do not count towards the maximum of five. Tighter restrictions are in place in areas of high infection rates.
    • Employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 30 April
    • Restrictions on retail, outdoor gastronomy, museums, art galleries, and other cultural and leisure activities are in force.
    • Services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned.
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened
    • Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance.
    These restrictions are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. Where the seven–day incidence rate exceeds 100, restrictions may be tighter or be re-imposed with limited notice.
    As rules may vary please check the latest local guidance
    (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 18 April.

    Read more
    22.04.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Travelers from Netherlands will need to show negative COVID-19 test and quarantine on arrival in Germany from 6 April (The Local, 04.04.2021). Government announces all persons entering country by plane must submit a negative COVID-19 (PCR, TMA, LAMP, rapid antigen) test result prior to boarding (SchengenInfo, 01.04.2021). Germany issues warning for unnecessary travel to France, Austria, Denmark and Czechia due to rising COVID-19 rates (Reuters, 26.03.2021). Authorities to require all travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival effective 28 March (Garda World, 26.03.2021). Government confirms extension of lockdown measures until 18 April, plans shutdown of public life 1-3 April (AP, 23.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing travel restrictions on the basis of the information underpinning the EU “traffic lights” approach, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Risk areas are defined as ‘virus variant area’, ‘high incidence area’, or ‘risk area’. The website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) shows which country falls into which category.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers by air are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.

    The test must be taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.

    Accepted tests: PCR, TMA, LAMP, rapid antigen. Antibody tests are not accepted.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    • The test result has to be available as a printout or in electronic form;
    • The certificate needs to be personalised (including name, address, date of birth of the person tested);
    • It has to be available in the German, English or French language;
    • The proof must include the test method and the test result;
    • The test result needs to be validated by a physician or a recognised laboratory.

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof of a negative test result or corresponding medical certificate, upon entry. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must complete a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Germany.

    The quarantine period may be shortened by taking a second PCR test no less than 5 days after arrival. If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end.

    Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation. For more information on quarantine regulations and possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are available at the following website.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, go into quarantine. If in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Tthird-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    COVID-19 restrictions: Restrictions on social contact aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 are in place in Germany:
    • Private gatherings are restricted to one household plus another household up to a maximum of five people. Children under the age of 14 do not count towards the maximum of five. Tighter restrictions are in place in areas of high infection rates.
    • Employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 30 April
    • Restrictions on retail, outdoor gastronomy, museums, art galleries, and other cultural and leisure activities are in force.
    • Services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned.
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened
    • Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance.
    These restrictions are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. Where the seven–day incidence rate exceeds 100, restrictions may be tighter or be re-imposed with limited notice.
    As rules may vary please check the latest local guidance
    (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 18 April.

    Read more
    08.04.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Travelers from Netherlands will need to show negative COVID-19 test and quarantine on arrival in Germany from 6 April (The Local, 04.04.2021). Government announces all persons entering country by plane must submit a negative COVID-19 (PCR, TMA, LAMP, rapid antigen) test result prior to boarding (SchengenInfo, 01.04.2021). Germany issues warning for unnecessary travel to France, Austria, Denmark and Czechia due to rising COVID-19 rates (Reuters, 26.03.2021). Authorities to require all travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival effective 28 March (Garda World, 26.03.2021). Government confirms extension of lockdown measures until 18 April, plans shutdown of public life 1-3 April (AP, 23.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Risk areas are defined as ‘virus variant area’, ‘high incidence area’, or ‘risk area’. The website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) shows which country falls into which category.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    As of 00:00 on Tuesday, 30 March, all travellers by air are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.

    The test must be taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.

    Accepted tests: PCR, TMA, LAMP, rapid antigen. Antibody tests are not accepted.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    • The test result has to be available as a printout or in electronic form;
    • The certificate needs to be personalised (including name, address, date of birth of the person tested);
    • It has to be available in the German, English or French language;
    • The proof must include the test method and the test result;
    • The test result needs to be validated by a physician or a recognised laboratory.

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof of a negative test result or corresponding medical certificate, upon entry. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must complete a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Germany.

    The quarantine period may be shortened by taking a second PCR test no less than 5 days after arrival. If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end.

    Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation. For more information on quarantine regulations and possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are available at the following website.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, go into quarantine. If in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a registration on paper.

     

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Tthird-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    COVID-19 restrictions: Restrictions on social contact aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 are in place in Germany:
    • Private gatherings are restricted to one household plus another household up to a maximum of five people. Children under the age of 14 do not count towards the maximum of five. Tighter restrictions are in place in areas of high infection rates.
    • Employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 30 April
    • Restrictions on retail, outdoor gastronomy, museums, art galleries, and other cultural and leisure activities are in force.
    • Services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned.
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened
    • Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance.
    These restrictions are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. Where the seven–day incidence rate exceeds 100, restrictions may be tighter or be re-imposed with limited notice.
    As rules may vary please check the latest local guidance
    (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 18 April.

    Read more
    06.04.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Government announces all persons entering country by plane must submit a negative COVID-19 (PCR, TMA, LAMP, rapid antigen) test result prior to boarding (SchengenInfo, 01.04.2021). Germany issues warning for unnecessary travel to France, Austria, Denmark and Czechia due to rising COVID-19 rates (Reuters, 26.03.2021). Authorities to require all travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival effective 28 March (Garda World, 26.03.2021). Government confirms extension of lockdown measures until 18 April, plans shutdown of public life 1-3 April (AP, 23.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Risk areas are defined as ‘virus variant area’, ‘high incidence area’, or ‘risk area’. The website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) shows which country falls into which category.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    As of 00:00 on Tuesday, 30 March, all travellers by air are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.

    The test must be taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.

    Accepted tests: PCR, TMA, LAMP, rapid antigen. Antibody tests are not accepted.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    • The test result has to be available as a printout or in electronic form;
    • The certificate needs to be personalised (including name, address, date of birth of the person tested);
    • It has to be available in the German, English or French language;
    • The proof must include the test method and the test result;
    • The test result needs to be validated by a physician or a recognised laboratory.

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof of a negative test result or corresponding medical certificate, upon entry. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must complete a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Germany.

    The quarantine period may be shortened by taking a second PCR test no less than 5 days after arrival. If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end.

    Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation. For more information on quarantine regulations and possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are available at the following website.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, go into quarantine. If in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a registration on paper.

     

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Tthird-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    COVID-19 restrictions: Restrictions on social contact aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 are in place in Germany:
    • Private gatherings are restricted to one household plus another household up to a maximum of five people. Children under the age of 14 do not count towards the maximum of five. Tighter restrictions are in place in areas of high infection rates.
    • Employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 30 April
    • Restrictions on retail, outdoor gastronomy, museums, art galleries, and other cultural and leisure activities are in force.
    • Services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned.
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened
    • Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance.
    These restrictions are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. Where the seven–day incidence rate exceeds 100, restrictions may be tighter or be re-imposed with limited notice.
    As rules may vary please check the latest local guidance
    (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 18 April.

    Read more
    02.04.2021
  • Germany The German Federal Ministry of Health has announced that all persons entering the country by plane are now obliged to submit a negative COVID-19 test result prior to boarding.

    Regardless of which risk area they are travelling from, every individual has to undergo the same measures. However, the swab on which the Coronavirus test is based should not be older than 48 hours, the Federal Ministry of Health explains in a Q&A published on its official website.

    The new regulations will be effective from March 30 until May 12, 2021, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

    The requirements will apply to air travellers only. However, other forms of transport will be affected as well for travellers entering from high-risk areas. Moreover, crews, crew members, and children under the age of six are exempted from the new rules.

    The Ministry informed that the testing of the travellers must be performed at the approved laboratories abroad. The test results should be available before departure so that the traveller can submit them to the carrier, and the costs should be covered by the passengers themselves.

    Furthermore, the Ministry asserted that no one is forced to undergo a Coronavirus test. However, the airline companies are allowed only to carry passengers that present a negative test result.

    Commenting on the test recognition, the Ministry announced that methods of nucleic acid amplification technology (PCR, LAMP, TMA) and antigen test are recognised. In contrast, antibody tests are not recognised.

    Rapid antigen tests are recognised if they fulfil the minimum requirements recommended by the WHO, which, compared to PCR tests, should achieve ≥80 per cent sensitivity and ≥97 per cent specificity.

    The tests must be monitored by an authorised third party, which has to confirm the identity of the person tested through an official ID photo. The test result should include the type of the test and the date when it was conducted, and it should be submitted in physical or electronic form in any of the following languages German, English, or French.

    In order for the health authorities to be able to compare the criteria, information on the antigen test and the manufacturer should be provided.

    “Transport by the transport company is only permitted with a negative test certificate. Insulation according to local regulations is to be carried out at your own risk,” the Ministry’s press release reads regarding the German citizens that happen to be abroad when tested positive.

    The test verification procedure will be carried out from the air carriers. Additionally, the Health Department and the Federal Police may require the test certificate submission.

    The Ministry also explained that persons that do not submit a test certificate during the inspection process would be refrained from entering the country. The same applies to people that offer invalid data. The violation of these obligations is subjected to a fine.

    Read more
    01.04.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Germany issues warning for unnecessary travel to France, Austria, Denmark and Czechia due to rising COVID-19 rates (Reuters, 26.03.2021). Authorities to require all travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival effective 28 March (Garda World, 26.03.2021). Government confirms extension of lockdown measures until 18 April, plans shutdown of public life 1-3 April (AP, 23.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Risk areas are defined as ‘virus variant area’, ‘high incidence area’, or ‘risk area’. The website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) shows which country falls into which category.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    As of 00:00 on Tuesday, 30 March, all travellers by air are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.

    The test must be taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.

    Accepted tests: PCR, TMA, LAMP, rapid antigen. Antibody tests are not accepted.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    • The test result has to be available as a printout or in electronic form;
    • The certificate needs to be personalised (including name, address, date of birth of the person tested);
    • It has to be available in the German, English or French language;
    • The proof must include the test method and the test result;
    • The test result needs to be validated by a physician or a recognised laboratory.

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof of a negative test result or corresponding medical certificate, upon entry. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must complete a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Germany.

    The quarantine period may be shortened by taking a second PCR test no less than 5 days after arrival. If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end.

    Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation. For more information on quarantine regulations and possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are available at the following website.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, go into quarantine. If in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a registration on paper.

     

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Tthird-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    COVID-19 restrictions: Restrictions on social contact aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 are in place in Germany:
    • Private gatherings are restricted to one household plus another household up to a maximum of five people. Children under the age of 14 do not count towards the maximum of five. Tighter restrictions are in place in areas of high infection rates.
    • Employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 30 April
    • Restrictions on retail, outdoor gastronomy, museums, art galleries, and other cultural and leisure activities are in force.
    • Services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned.
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened
    • Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance.
    These restrictions are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. Where the seven–day incidence rate exceeds 100, restrictions may be tighter or be re-imposed with limited notice.
    As rules may vary please check the latest local guidance
    (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 18 April.

    Read more
    31.03.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Germany issues warning for unnecessary travel to France, Austria, Denmark and Czechia due to rising COVID-19 rates (Reuters, 26.03.2021). Authorities to require all travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival effective 28 March (Garda World, 26.03.2021). Government confirms extension of lockdown measures until 18 April, plans shutdown of public life 1-3 April (AP, 23.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Risk areas are defined as ‘virus variant area’, ‘high incidence area’, or ‘risk area’. The website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) shows which country falls into which category.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    As of 00:00 on Tuesday, 30 March, all travellers by air are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.

    The test must be taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.

    Accepted tests: PCR, TMA, LAMP, rapid antigen. Antibody tests are not accepted.

    Children aged 5 and under are exempted.

    • The test result has to be available as a printout or in electronic form;
    • The certificate needs to be personalised (including name, address, date of birth of the person tested);
    • It has to be available in the German, English or French language;
    • The proof must include the test method and the test result;
    • The test result needs to be validated by a physician or a recognised laboratory.

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof of a negative test result or corresponding medical certificate, upon entry. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must complete a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Germany.

    The quarantine period may be shortened by taking a second PCR test no less than 5 days after arrival. If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end.

    Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation. For more information on quarantine regulations and possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are available at the following website.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, go into quarantine. If in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a registration on paper.

     

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    COVID-19 restrictions: Restrictions on social contact aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 are in place in Germany:
    • Private gatherings are restricted to one household plus another household up to a maximum of five people. Children under the age of 14 do not count towards the maximum of five. Tighter restrictions are in place in areas of high infection rates.
    • Employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 30 April
    • Restrictions on retail, outdoor gastronomy, museums, art galleries, and other cultural and leisure activities are in force.
    • Services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned.
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened
    • Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance.
    These restrictions are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. Where the seven–day incidence rate exceeds 100, restrictions may be tighter or be re-imposed with limited notice.
    As rules may vary please check the latest local guidance
    (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 18 April.

    Read more
    30.03.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Germany issues warning for unnecessary travel to France, Austria, Denmark and Czechia due to rising COVID-19 rates (Reuters, 26.03.2021). Authorities to require all travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival effective 28 March (Garda World, 26.03.2021). Government confirms extension of lockdown measures until 18 April, plans shutdown of public life 1-3 April (AP, 23.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Risk areas are defined as ‘virus variant area’, ‘high incidence area’, or ‘risk area’ by the Robert Koch Institute.

    Starting 14 February, entry restrictions and internal border controls with Czechia and the Tyrol region in Austria are introduced to prevent the spread of virus mutations. Only some exceptions are allowed to enter Germany from these countries, including returning German nationals or residents.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof of a negative test result or corresponding medical certificate, upon entry. The test should be carried no earlier than 48 hours before entry. If travelling by a carrier, proof must also be presented to the carrier before departure. Proof may also be required during checks by the Federal Police. If the traveller can’t obtain proof in the ‘new variant area’ or ‘high incidence area’ of origin, carriers may perform or arrange for pre-departure testing and, in the case of a negative test, provide transportation. This testing (nasopharyngeal swab) by the carrier must take place no earlier than 12 hours before departure in the case of entry from a virus variant area. The proof of a negative test result, or corresponding medical certificate, must be provided on paper or in an electronic document, in German, English or French. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

    From 28 March, it has been announced that all travellers wishing to enter Germany by plane will be subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test. The test must be taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must undergo a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Germany.

    After 5 days of quarantine at the earliest, you can get tested for SARS-CoV-2 whereby the quarantine obligation will end following a negative test result.

    Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation.

    For more information on quarantine regulations and possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are available at the following website.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, go into quarantine. If in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

     

    Other

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    COVID-19 restrictions: Restrictions on social contact aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 are in place in Germany:
    • Private gatherings are restricted to one household plus another household up to a maximum of five people. Children under the age of 14 do not count towards the maximum of five. Tighter restrictions are in place in areas of high infection rates.
    • Employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 30 April
    • Restrictions on retail, outdoor gastronomy, museums, art galleries, and other cultural and leisure activities are in force.
    • Services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned.
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened
    • Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance.
    These restrictions are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. Where the seven–day incidence rate exceeds 100, restrictions may be tighter or be re-imposed with limited notice.
    As rules may vary please check the latest local guidance
    (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 18 April.

    Read more
    29.03.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Authorities to require all travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival effective March 28 (Garda World, 26.03.2021). German authorities list France as ‘high-risk’ COVID-19 zone, will increase testing requirements at borders (The Local, 26.03.2021). Government confirms extension of lockdown measures until 18 April, plans shutdown of public life 1-3 April (AP, 23.03.2021). Authorities extend suspension of passenger transport with areas experiencing COVID-19 variant activity (Brazil, the UK, Ireland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Tyrol in Austria, Moselle in France, and several southern African countries) until at least March 31 (Garda, 18.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Risk areas are defined as ‘virus variant area’, ‘high incidence area’, or ‘risk area’ by the Robert Koch Institute.

    Starting 14 February, entry restrictions and internal border controls with Czechia and the Tyrol region in Austria are introduced to prevent the spread of virus mutations. Only some exceptions are allowed to enter Germany from these countries, including returning German nationals or residents.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof of a negative test result or corresponding medical certificate, upon entry. The test should be carried no earlier than 48 hours before entry. If travelling by a carrier, proof must also be presented to the carrier before departure. Proof may also be required during checks by the Federal Police. If the traveller can’t obtain proof in the ‘new variant area’ or ‘high incidence area’ of origin, carriers may perform or arrange for pre-departure testing and, in the case of a negative test, provide transportation. This testing (nasopharyngeal swab) by the carrier must take place no earlier than 12 hours before departure in the case of entry from a virus variant area. The proof of a negative test result, or corresponding medical certificate, must be provided on paper or in an electronic document, in German, English or French. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

    From 28 March, it has been announced that all travellers wishing to enter Germany by plane will be subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test. The test must be taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must undergo a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Germany.

    After 5 days of quarantine at the earliest, you can get tested for SARS-CoV-2 whereby the quarantine obligation will end following a negative test result.

    Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation.

    For more information on quarantine regulations and possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are available at the following website.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, go into quarantine. If in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

     

    Other

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    COVID-19 restrictions: Restrictions on social contact aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 are in place in Germany:
    • Private gatherings are restricted to one household plus another household up to a maximum of five people. Children under the age of 14 do not count towards the maximum of five. Tighter restrictions are in place in areas of high infection rates.
    • Employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 30 April
    • Restrictions on retail, outdoor gastronomy, museums, art galleries, and other cultural and leisure activities are in force.
    • Services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned.
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened
    • Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance.
    These restrictions are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. Where the seven–day incidence rate exceeds 100, restrictions may be tighter or be re-imposed with limited notice.
    As rules may vary please check the latest local guidance
    (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 18 April.

    Read more
    26.03.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Government confirms extension of lockdown measures until 18 April, plans shutdown of public life 1-3 April (AP, 23.03.2021). German government plans tighter COVID-19 rules (BBC, 22.03.2021). Authorities extend suspension of passenger transport with areas experiencing COVID-19 variant activity (Brazil, the UK, Ireland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Tyrol in Austria, Moselle in France, and several southern African countries) until at least March 31 (Garda, 18.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU: Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries. Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a ‘virus variant area’, a ‘high incidence area’, or a ‘risk area’ by the Robert Koch Institute. Entry restrictions differ per type of area. The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas, are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof (negative test result or corresponding medical certificate), upon entry, confirming the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and to present it to the competent authority. This test must have been carried out at the earliest 48 hours before entry. If travelling by a carrier, proof must also be presented to the carrier before departure. Proof may also be required during checks by the Federal Police. If the traveller can’t obtain proof in the ‘new variant area’ or ‘high incidence area’ of origin, carriers may perform or arrange for pre-departure testing and, in the case of a negative test, provide transportation. This testing (nasopharyngeal swab) by the carrier must take place no more than 12 hours before departure in the case of entry from an area of variant of concern. The proof of a negative test result, or corresponding medical certificate, must be provided on paper or in an electronic document, in German, English or French. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must undergo a 10-day quarantine after arrival in Germany.

    After 5 days of quarantine at the earliest, those entering the country can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation.

    For more information on quarantine regulations that apply to you and any possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are linked at the following website.

     

    Other

    Starting 14 February, entry restrictions and internal border controls with Czechia and the Tyrol region in Austria are reintroduced to prevent the spread of virus mutations. Only some exceptions are allowed to enter Germany from these countries, including returning German nationals or residents. 

     

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    COVID-19 restrictions: Restrictions on social contact aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 are in place in Germany:
    • Private gatherings are restricted to one household plus another household up to a maximum of five people. Children under the age of 14 do not count towards the maximum of five. Tighter restrictions are in place in areas of high infection rates.
    • Employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 30 April
    • Restrictions on retail, outdoor gastronomy, museums, art galleries, and other cultural and leisure activities are in force.
    • Services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned.
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened
    • Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance.
    These restrictions are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. Where the seven–day incidence rate exceeds 100, restrictions may be tighter or be re-imposed with limited notice.
    As rules may vary please check the latest local guidance
    (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 18 April.

    Read more
    25.03.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Government confirms extension of lockdown measures until 18 April, plans shutdown of public life 1-3 April (AP, 23.03.2021). German government plans tighter COVID-19 rules (BBC, 22.03.2021). Authorities extend suspension of passenger transport with areas experiencing COVID-19 variant activity (Brazil, the UK, Ireland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Tyrol in Austria, Moselle in France, and several southern African countries) until at least March 31 (Garda, 18.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a ‘virus variant area’, a ‘high incidence area’, or a ‘risk area’ by the Robert Koch Institute. Entry restrictions differ per type of area. 

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas, are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof (negative test result or corresponding medical certificate), upon entry, confirming the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and to present it to the competent authority. This test must have been carried out at the earliest 48 hours before entry. If travelling by a carrier, proof must also be presented to the carrier before departure. Proof may also be required during checks by the Federal Police. If the traveller can’t obtain proof in the ‘new variant area’ or ‘high incidence area’ of origin, carriers may perform or arrange for pre-departure testing and, in the case of a negative test, provide transportation. This testing (nasopharyngeal swab) by the carrier must take place no more than 12 hours before departure in the case of entry from an area of variant of concern. The proof of a negative test result, or corresponding medical certificate, must be provided on paper or in an electronic document, in German, English or French. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must undergo a 10-day quarantine after arrival in Germany.

    After 5 days of quarantine at the earliest, those entering the country can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation.

    For more information on quarantine regulations that apply to you and any possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are linked at the following website.

     

    Other

    Starting 14 February, entry restrictions and internal border controls with Czechia and the Tyrol region in Austria are reintroduced to prevent the spread of virus mutations. Only some exceptions are allowed to enter Germany from these countries, including returning German nationals or residents. 

     

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    *COVID-19 restrictions: Germany is gradually easing restrictions on social contact, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • From 8 March, private gatherings are restricted to one household plus another household up to a maximum of five people. Children under the age of 14 do not count towards the maximum of five. In regions where the incidence rate is below 35, that can be extended to three households with a maximum of 10 people – under 14 year olds not included
    • employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 30 April
    • Depending on state and regional incidence rates, retail, outdoor gastronomy, museums, art galleries, and a range of other cultural and leisure activities will be able to open in the coming weeks and months
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened
    Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance. These restrictions are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. Where the seven–day incidence rate exceeds 100, current restrictions may be maintained or re-imposed with limited notice. As rules may vary please check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English.
    These measures will next be reviewed on 22 March.

    Read more
    23.03.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Authorities extend suspension of passenger transport with areas experiencing COVID-19 variant activity (Brazil, the UK, Ireland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Tyrol in Austria, Moselle in France, and several southern African countries) until at least March 31 (Garda, 18.03.2021). Some COVID-19 restrictions lifted as country continues five-part plan for relaxing the lockdown (DW, 08.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a ‘virus variant area’, a ‘high incidence area’, or a ‘risk area’ by the Robert Koch Institute. Entry restrictions differ per type of area. 

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas, are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof (negative test result or corresponding medical certificate), upon entry, confirming the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and to present it to the competent authority. This test must have been carried out at the earliest 48 hours before entry. If travelling by a carrier, proof must also be presented to the carrier before departure. Proof may also be required during checks by the Federal Police. If the traveller can’t obtain proof in the ‘new variant area’ or ‘high incidence area’ of origin, carriers may perform or arrange for pre-departure testing and, in the case of a negative test, provide transportation. This testing (nasopharyngeal swab) by the carrier must take place no more than 12 hours before departure in the case of entry from an area of variant of concern. The proof of a negative test result, or corresponding medical certificate, must be provided on paper or in an electronic document, in German, English or French. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must undergo a 10-day quarantine after arrival in Germany.

    After 5 days of quarantine at the earliest, those entering the country can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation.

    For more information on quarantine regulations that apply to you and any possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are linked at the following website.

     

    Other

    Starting 14 February, entry restrictions and internal border controls with Czechia and the Tyrol region in Austria are reintroduced to prevent the spread of virus mutations. Only some exceptions are allowed to enter Germany from these countries, including returning German nationals or residents. 

     

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    *COVID-19 restrictions: Germany is gradually easing restrictions on social contact, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • From 8 March, private gatherings are restricted to one household plus another household up to a maximum of five people. Children under the age of 14 do not count towards the maximum of five. In regions where the incidence rate is below 35, that can be extended to three households with a maximum of 10 people – under 14 year olds not included
    • employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 30 April
    • Depending on state and regional incidence rates, retail, outdoor gastronomy, museums, art galleries, and a range of other cultural and leisure activities will be able to open in the coming weeks and months
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened
    Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance. These restrictions are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. Where the seven–day incidence rate exceeds 100, current restrictions may be maintained or re-imposed with limited notice. As rules may vary please check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English.
    These measures will next be reviewed on 22 March.

    Read more
    19.03.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Some COVID-19 restrictions lifted as country continues five-part plan for relaxing the lockdown (DW, 08.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a ‘virus variant area’, a ‘high incidence area’, or a ‘risk area’ by the Robert Koch Institute. Entry restrictions differ per type of area. 

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas, are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof (negative test result or corresponding medical certificate), upon entry, confirming the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and to present it to the competent authority. This test must have been carried out at the earliest 48 hours before entry. If travelling by a carrier, proof must also be presented to the carrier before departure. Proof may also be required during checks by the Federal Police. If the traveller can’t obtain proof in the ‘new variant area’ or ‘high incidence area’ of origin, carriers may perform or arrange for pre-departure testing and, in the case of a negative test, provide transportation. This testing (nasopharyngeal swab) by the carrier must take place no more than 12 hours before departure in the case of entry from an area of variant of concern. The proof of a negative test result, or corresponding medical certificate, must be provided on paper or in an electronic document, in German, English or French. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must undergo a 10-day quarantine after arrival in Germany.

    After 5 days of quarantine at the earliest, those entering the country can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation.

    For more information on quarantine regulations that apply to you and any possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are linked at the following website.

     

    Other

    Starting 14 February, entry restrictions and internal border controls with Czechia and the Tyrol region in Austria are reintroduced to prevent the spread of virus mutations. Only some exceptions are allowed to enter Germany from these countries, including returning German nationals or residents. 

     

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    *COVID-19 restrictions: Germany is gradually easing restrictions on social contact, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • From 8 March, private gatherings are restricted to one household plus another household up to a maximum of five people. Children under the age of 14 do not count towards the maximum of five. In regions where the incidence rate is below 35, that can be extended to three households with a maximum of 10 people – under 14 year olds not included
    • employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 30 April
    • Depending on state and regional incidence rates, retail, outdoor gastronomy, museums, art galleries, and a range of other cultural and leisure activities will be able to open in the coming weeks and months
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened
    Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance. These restrictions are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. Where the seven–day incidence rate exceeds 100, current restrictions may be maintained or re-imposed with limited notice. As rules may vary please check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English.
    These measures will next be reviewed on 22 March.

    Read more
    16.03.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Some COVID-19 restrictions lifted as country continues five-part plan for relaxing the lockdown (DW, 08.03.2021).Government plans to extend COVID-19 lockdown until 28 March, ease some restrictions from week of 8 March (Reuters, 02.03.2021). French, German governments will require COVID-19 test for some border crossings (Reuters, 01.03.2021). France, Germany: Governments of both countries to impose tighter border controls from 1 March because of COVID-19 concerns (The Local, 25.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a ‘virus variant area’, a ‘high incidence area’, or a ‘risk area’ by the Robert Koch Institute. Entry restrictions differ per type of area. 

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas, are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof (negative test result or corresponding medical certificate), upon entry, confirming the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and to present it to the competent authority. This test must have been carried out at the earliest 48 hours before entry. If travelling by a carrier, proof must also be presented to the carrier before departure. Proof may also be required during checks by the Federal Police. If the traveller can’t obtain proof in the ‘new variant area’ or ‘high incidence area’ of origin, carriers may perform or arrange for pre-departure testing and, in the case of a negative test, provide transportation. This testing (nasopharyngeal swab) by the carrier must take place no more than 12 hours before departure in the case of entry from an area of variant of concern. The proof of a negative test result, or corresponding medical certificate, must be provided on paper or in an electronic document, in German, English or French. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must undergo a 10-day quarantine after arrival in Germany.

    After 5 days of quarantine at the earliest, those entering the country can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation.

    For more information on quarantine regulations that apply to you and any possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are linked at the following website.

     

    Other

    Starting 14 February, entry restrictions and internal border controls with Czechia and the Tyrol region in Austria are reintroduced to prevent the spread of virus mutations. Only some exceptions are allowed to enter Germany from these countries, including returning German nationals or residents. 

     

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

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    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    *COVID-19 restrictions: Germany is gradually easing restrictions on social contact, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • From 8 March, private gatherings are restricted to one household plus another household up to a maximum of five people. Children under the age of 14 do not count towards the maximum of five. In regions where the incidence rate is below 35, that can be extended to three households with a maximum of 10 people – under 14 year olds not included
    • employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 30 April
    • Depending on state and regional incidence rates, retail, outdoor gastronomy, museums, art galleries, and a range of other cultural and leisure activities will be able to open in the coming weeks and months
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened
    Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance. These restrictions are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. Where the seven–day incidence rate exceeds 100, current restrictions may be maintained or re-imposed with limited notice. As rules may vary please check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English.
    These measures will next be reviewed on 22 March.

    Read more
    12.03.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Some COVID-19 restrictions lifted as country continues five-part plan for relaxing the lockdown (DW, 08.03.2021).Government plans to extend COVID-19 lockdown until 28 March, ease some restrictions from week of 8 March (Reuters, 02.03.2021). French, German governments will require COVID-19 test for some border crossings (Reuters, 01.03.2021). France, Germany: Governments of both countries to impose tighter border controls from 1 March because of COVID-19 concerns (The Local, 25.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a ‘virus variant area’, a ‘high incidence area’, or a ‘risk area’ by the Robert Koch Institute. Entry restrictions differ per type of area. 

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas, are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof (negative test result or corresponding medical certificate), upon entry, confirming the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and to present it to the competent authority. This test must have been carried out at the earliest 48 hours before entry. If travelling by a carrier, proof must also be presented to the carrier before departure. Proof may also be required during checks by the Federal Police. If the traveller can’t obtain proof in the ‘new variant area’ or ‘high incidence area’ of origin, carriers may perform or arrange for pre-departure testing and, in the case of a negative test, provide transportation. This testing (nasopharyngeal swab) by the carrier must take place no more than 12 hours before departure in the case of entry from an area of variant of concern. The proof of a negative test result, or corresponding medical certificate, must be provided on paper or in an electronic document, in German, English or French. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must undergo a 10-day quarantine after arrival in Germany.

    After 5 days of quarantine at the earliest, those entering the country can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation.

    For more information on quarantine regulations that apply to you and any possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are linked at the following website.

     

    Other

    Starting 14 February, entry restrictions and internal border controls with Czechia and the Tyrol region in Austria are reintroduced to prevent the spread of virus mutations. Only some exceptions are allowed to enter Germany from these countries, including returning German nationals or residents. 

     

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

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    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions: *COVID-19 restrictions: Germany is gradually easing restrictions on social contact, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • From 8 March, private gatherings are restricted to one household plus another household up to a maximum of five people. Children under the age of 14 do not count towards the maximum of five. In regions where the incidence rate is below 35, that can be extended to three households with a maximum of 10 people – under 14 year olds not included
    • employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 30 April
    • Depending on state and regional incidence rates, retail, outdoor gastronomy, museums, art galleries, and a range of other cultural and leisure activities will be able to open in the coming weeks and months
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened
    Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance. These restrictions are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. Where the seven–day incidence rate exceeds 100, current restrictions may be maintained or re-imposed with limited notice. As rules may vary please check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English.
    These measures will next be reviewed on 22 March.

    Read more
    09.03.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Government plans to extend COVID-19 lockdown until 28 March, ease some restrictions from week of 8 March (Reuters, 02.03.2021). French, German governments will require COVID-19 test for some border crossings (Reuters, 01.03.2021). France, Germany: Governments of both countries to impose tighter border controls from 1 March because of COVID-19 concerns (The Local, 25.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a ‘virus variant area’, a ‘high incidence area’, or a ‘risk area’ by the Robert Koch Institute. Entry restrictions differ per type of area. 

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas, are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof (negative test result or corresponding medical certificate), upon entry, confirming the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and to present it to the competent authority. This test must have been carried out at the earliest 48 hours before entry. If travelling by a carrier, proof must also be presented to the carrier before departure. Proof may also be required during checks by the Federal Police. If the traveller can’t obtain proof in the ‘new variant area’ or ‘high incidence area’ of origin, carriers may perform or arrange for pre-departure testing and, in the case of a negative test, provide transportation. This testing (nasopharyngeal swab) by the carrier must take place no more than 12 hours before departure in the case of entry from an area of variant of concern. The proof of a negative test result, or corresponding medical certificate, must be provided on paper or in an electronic document, in German, English or French. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must undergo a 10-day quarantine after arrival in Germany.

    After 5 days of quarantine at the earliest, those entering the country can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation.

    For more information on quarantine regulations that apply to you and any possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are linked at the following website.

     

    Other

    Starting 14 February, entry restrictions and internal border controls with Czechia and the Tyrol region in Austria are reintroduced to prevent the spread of virus mutations. Only some exceptions are allowed to enter Germany from these countries, including returning German nationals or residents. 

     

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

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    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions: *COVID-19 restrictions: Germany is gradually easing restrictions on social contact, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • From 8 March, private gatherings are restricted to one household plus another household up to a maximum of five people. Children under the age of 14 do not count towards the maximum of five. In regions where the incidence rate is below 35, that can be extended to three households with a maximum of 10 people – under 14 year olds not included
    • employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 30 April
    • Depending on state and regional incidence rates, retail, outdoor gastronomy, museums, art galleries, and a range of other cultural and leisure activities will be able to open in the coming weeks and months
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened
    Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance. These restrictions are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. Where the seven–day incidence rate exceeds 100, current restrictions may be maintained or re-imposed with limited notice. As rules may vary please check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English.
    These measures will next be reviewed on 22 March.

    Read more
    06.03.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Government plans to extend COVID-19 lockdown until 28 March, ease some restrictions from week of 8 March (Reuters, 02.03.2021). French, German governments will require COVID-19 test for some border crossings (Reuters, 01.03.2021). France, Germany: Governments of both countries to impose tighter border controls from 1 March because of COVID-19 concerns (The Local, 25.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a ‘virus variant area’, a ‘high incidence area’, or a ‘risk area’ by the Robert Koch Institute. Entry restrictions differ per type of area. 

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas, are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof (negative test result or corresponding medical certificate), upon entry, confirming the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and to present it to the competent authority. This test must have been carried out at the earliest 48 hours before entry. If travelling by a carrier, proof must also be presented to the carrier before departure. Proof may also be required during checks by the Federal Police. If the traveller can’t obtain proof in the ‘new variant area’ or ‘high incidence area’ of origin, carriers may perform or arrange for pre-departure testing and, in the case of a negative test, provide transportation. This testing (nasopharyngeal swab) by the carrier must take place no more than 12 hours before departure in the case of entry from an area of variant of concern. The proof of a negative test result, or corresponding medical certificate, must be provided on paper or in an electronic document, in German, English or French. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must undergo a 10-day quarantine after arrival in Germany.

    After 5 days of quarantine at the earliest, those entering the country can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation.

    For more information on quarantine regulations that apply to you and any possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are linked at the following website.

     

    Other

    Starting 14 February, entry restrictions and internal border controls with Czechia and the Tyrol region in Austria are reintroduced to prevent the spread of virus mutations. Only some exceptions are allowed to enter Germany from these countries, including returning German nationals or residents. 

     

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

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    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions: *Public spaces and services: Until at least 7 March there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • private gatherings are restricted to one household plus one individual from another household
    • non-essential shops are closed. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open
    • personal care service providers such, as tattoo and massage parlours are closed. Barbers and hairdressers will open from 1 March. Physiotherapy and similar services are open
    • employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 15 March
    • restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public is banned
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned
    • in some parts of Germany, local travel restrictions are in place and individuals cannot leave a 15km radius of their place of residence (meaning a village, town or city rather than a home)
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened in February
    Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 3 March.

    Read more
    05.03.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Government plans to extend COVID-19 lockdown until 28 March, ease some restrictions from week of 8 March (Reuters, 02.03.2021). French, German governments will require COVID-19 test for some border crossings (Reuters, 01.03.2021). France, Germany: Governments of both countries to impose tighter border controls from 1 March because of COVID-19 concerns (The Local, 25.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a ‘virus variant area’, a ‘high incidence area’, or a ‘risk area’ by the Robert Koch Institute. Entry restrictions differ per type of area. 

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas, are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof (negative test result or corresponding medical certificate), upon entry, confirming the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and to present it to the competent authority. This test must have been carried out at the earliest 48 hours before entry. If travelling by a carrier, proof must also be presented to the carrier before departure. Proof may also be required during checks by the Federal Police. If the traveller can’t obtain proof in the ‘new variant area’ or ‘high incidence area’ of origin, carriers may perform or arrange for pre-departure testing and, in the case of a negative test, provide transportation. This testing (nasopharyngeal swab) by the carrier must take place no more than 12 hours before departure in the case of entry from an area of variant of concern. The proof of a negative test result, or corresponding medical certificate, must be provided on paper or in an electronic document, in German, English or French. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must undergo a 10-day quarantine after arrival in Germany.

    After 5 days of quarantine at the earliest, those entering the country can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation.

    For more information on quarantine regulations that apply to you and any possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are linked at the following website.

     

    Other

    Starting 14 February, entry restrictions and internal border controls with Czechia and the Tyrol region in Austria are reintroduced to prevent the spread of virus mutations. Only some exceptions are allowed to enter Germany from these countries, including returning German nationals or residents. 

     

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

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    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions: *Public spaces and services: Until at least 7 March there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • private gatherings are restricted to one household plus one individual from another household
    • non-essential shops are closed. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open
    • personal care service providers such, as tattoo and massage parlours are closed. Barbers and hairdressers will open from 1 March. Physiotherapy and similar services are open
    • employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 15 March
    • restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public is banned
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned
    • in some parts of Germany, local travel restrictions are in place and individuals cannot leave a 15km radius of their place of residence (meaning a village, town or city rather than a home)
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened in February
    Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 3 March.

    Read more
    02.03.2021
  • Germany Latest News: France, Germany: Governments of both countries to impose tighter border controls from 1 March because of COVID-19 concerns (The Local, 25.02.2021). Travelers from Czech Republic banned from entry into Germany starting 14 February because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 11.02.2021). Government extends COVID-19 lockdown until 7 March (Star Tribune, 10.02.2021). Chancellor expects COVID-19 lockdown to last until beginning of April (Reuters, 12.01.2021). Travelers arriving in Germany from risk regions will have to test twice for COVID-19 (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Non-essential travel restricted to 15-kilometer radius in COVID-19 hot spots (Reuters , 05.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    ** (30.01.2021) The German government has restricted air and sea travel into the country from designated virus variant areas and all non-Schengen countries not on the country’s travel corridor list. The UK is not currently on this list, so travellers from the UK are only permitted to enter Germany if they are returning to their place of residence, if they serve in an important role or if they have an urgent need. The German government has imposed a general ban on commercial travel from the UK or other designated virus variant areas for all non-residents between 30 January and 17 February 2021.
    *Travel from increased risk areas: If, in the 10 days before you travel to Germany, you have been in an area designated as presenting an increased risk of infection, you must register online in advance of travelling to Germany. This online registration process replaces the paper landing cards previously required for travellers from risk areas. On arrival you must travel to your accommodation and quarantine there for ten days. After five days it is possible to secure release from quarantine with a negative test in some parts of Germany. Contact your local public health authority for further details on test and release. There are some exemptions from the quarantine requirement, including for frontier workers and individuals deemed to be providing essential activities. Precise rules are set by the federal states, so please consult the provisions applicable in the place where you are staying.
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a ‘virus variant area’, a ‘high incidence area’, or a ‘risk area’ by the Robert Koch Institute. Entry restrictions differ per type of area. 

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas, are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof (negative test result or corresponding medical certificate), upon entry, confirming the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and to present it to the competent authority. This test must have been carried out at the earliest 48 hours before entry. If travelling by a carrier, proof must also be presented to the carrier before departure. Proof may also be required during checks by the Federal Police. If the traveller can’t obtain proof in the ‘new variant area’ or ‘high incidence area’ of origin, carriers may perform or arrange for pre-departure testing and, in the case of a negative test, provide transportation. This testing (nasopharyngeal swab) by the carrier must take place no more than 12 hours before departure in the case of entry from an area of variant of concern. The proof of a negative test result, or corresponding medical certificate, must be provided on paper or in an electronic document, in German, English or French. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must undergo a 10-day quarantine after arrival in Germany.

    After 5 days of quarantine at the earliest, those entering the country can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation.

    For more information on quarantine regulations that apply to you and any possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are linked at the following website.

     

    Other

    Starting 14 February, entry restrictions and internal border controls with Czechia and the Tyrol region in Austria are reintroduced to prevent the spread of virus mutations. Only some exceptions are allowed to enter Germany from these countries, including returning German nationals or residents. 

     

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

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    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions: *Public spaces and services: Until at least 7 March there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • private gatherings are restricted to one household plus one individual from another household
    • non-essential shops are closed. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open
    • personal care service providers such, as tattoo and massage parlours are closed. Barbers and hairdressers will open from 1 March. Physiotherapy and similar services are open
    • employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 15 March
    • restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public is banned
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned
    • in some parts of Germany, local travel restrictions are in place and individuals cannot leave a 15km radius of their place of residence (meaning a village, town or city rather than a home)
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened in February
    Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 3 March.

    Read more
    26.02.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Travelers from Czech Republic banned from entry into Germany starting 14 February because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 11.02.2021). Government extends COVID-19 lockdown until 7 March (Star Tribune, 10.02.2021). Germany bans commercial travel from designated virus variant areas for all non-residents until 17FEB21 (GOV.UK, 29.01.2021). Chancellor expects COVID-19 lockdown to last until beginning of April (Reuters, 12.01.2021). Travelers arriving in Germany from risk regions will have to test twice for COVID-19 (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Non-essential travel restricted to 15-kilometer radius in COVID-19 hot spots (Reuters , 05.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    ** (30.01.2021) The German government has restricted air and sea travel into the country from designated virus variant areas and all non-Schengen countries not on the country’s travel corridor list. The UK is not currently on this list, so travellers from the UK are only permitted to enter Germany if they are returning to their place of residence, if they serve in an important role or if they have an urgent need. The German government has imposed a general ban on commercial travel from the UK or other designated virus variant areas for all non-residents between 30 January and 17 February 2021.
    *Travel from increased risk areas: If, in the 10 days before you travel to Germany, you have been in an area designated as presenting an increased risk of infection, you must register online in advance of travelling to Germany. This online registration process replaces the paper landing cards previously required for travellers from risk areas. On arrival you must travel to your accommodation and quarantine there for ten days. After five days it is possible to secure release from quarantine with a negative test in some parts of Germany. Contact your local public health authority for further details on test and release. There are some exemptions from the quarantine requirement, including for frontier workers and individuals deemed to be providing essential activities. Precise rules are set by the federal states, so please consult the provisions applicable in the place where you are staying.
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a ‘virus variant area’, a ‘high incidence area’, or a ‘risk area’ by the Robert Koch Institute. Entry restrictions differ per type of area. 

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas, are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof (negative test result or corresponding medical certificate), upon entry, confirming the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and to present it to the competent authority. This test must have been carried out at the earliest 48 hours before entry. If travelling by a carrier, proof must also be presented to the carrier before departure. Proof may also be required during checks by the Federal Police. If the traveller can’t obtain proof in the ‘new variant area’ or ‘high incidence area’ of origin, carriers may perform or arrange for pre-departure testing and, in the case of a negative test, provide transportation. This testing (nasopharyngeal swab) by the carrier must take place no more than 12 hours before departure in the case of entry from an area of variant of concern. The proof of a negative test result, or corresponding medical certificate, must be provided on paper or in an electronic document, in German, English or French. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must undergo a 10-day quarantine after arrival in Germany.

    After 5 days of quarantine at the earliest, those entering the country can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation.

    For more information on quarantine regulations that apply to you and any possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are linked at the following website.

     

    Other

    Starting 14 February, entry restrictions and internal border controls with Czechia and the Tyrol region in Austria are reintroduced to prevent the spread of virus mutations. Only some exceptions are allowed to enter Germany from these countries, including returning German nationals or residents. 

     

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

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    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions: *Public spaces and services: Until at least 7 March there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • private gatherings are restricted to one household plus one individual from another household
    • non-essential shops are closed. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open
    • personal care service providers such, as tattoo and massage parlours are closed. Barbers and hairdressers will open from 1 March. Physiotherapy and similar services are open
    • employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 15 March
    • restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public is banned
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned
    • in some parts of Germany, local travel restrictions are in place and individuals cannot leave a 15km radius of their place of residence (meaning a village, town or city rather than a home)
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened in February
    Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 3 March.

    Read more
    23.02.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Travelers from Czech Republic banned from entry into Germany starting 14 February because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 11.02.2021). Government extends COVID-19 lockdown until 7 March (Star Tribune, 10.02.2021). Germany bans commercial travel from designated virus variant areas for all non-residents until 17FEB21 (GOV.UK, 29.01.2021). Chancellor expects COVID-19 lockdown to last until beginning of April (Reuters, 12.01.2021). Travelers arriving in Germany from risk regions will have to test twice for COVID-19 (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Non-essential travel restricted to 15-kilometer radius in COVID-19 hot spots (Reuters , 05.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    ** (30.01.2021) The German government has restricted air and sea travel into the country from designated virus variant areas and all non-Schengen countries not on the country’s travel corridor list. The UK is not currently on this list, so travellers from the UK are only permitted to enter Germany if they are returning to their place of residence, if they serve in an important role or if they have an urgent need. The German government has imposed a general ban on commercial travel from the UK or other designated virus variant areas for all non-residents between 30 January and 17 February 2021.
    *Travel from increased risk areas: If, in the 10 days before you travel to Germany, you have been in an area designated as presenting an increased risk of infection, you must register online in advance of travelling to Germany. This online registration process replaces the paper landing cards previously required for travellers from risk areas. On arrival you must travel to your accommodation and quarantine there for ten days. After five days it is possible to secure release from quarantine with a negative test in some parts of Germany. Contact your local public health authority for further details on test and release. There are some exemptions from the quarantine requirement, including for frontier workers and individuals deemed to be providing essential activities. Precise rules are set by the federal states, so please consult the provisions applicable in the place where you are staying.
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a ‘virus variant area’, a ‘high incidence area’, or a ‘risk area’ by the Robert Koch Institute. Entry restrictions differ per type of area. 

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas, are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof (negative test result or corresponding medical certificate), upon entry, confirming the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and to present it to the competent authority. This test must have been carried out at the earliest 48 hours before entry. If travelling by a carrier, proof must also be presented to the carrier before departure. Proof may also be required during checks by the Federal Police. If the traveller can’t obtain proof in the ‘new variant area’ or ‘high incidence area’ of origin, carriers may perform or arrange for pre-departure testing and, in the case of a negative test, provide transportation. This testing (nasopharyngeal swab) by the carrier must take place no more than 12 hours before departure in the case of entry from an area of variant of concern. The proof of a negative test result, or corresponding medical certificate, must be provided on paper or in an electronic document, in German, English or French. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must undergo a 10-day quarantine after arrival in Germany.

    After 5 days of quarantine at the earliest, those entering the country can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation.

    For more information on quarantine regulations that apply to you and any possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are linked at the following website.

     

    Other

    Starting 14 February, entry restrictions and internal border controls with Czechia and the Tyrol region in Austria are reintroduced to prevent the spread of virus mutations. Only some exceptions are allowed to enter Germany from these countries, including returning German nationals or residents. 

     

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

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    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Germany, the following rules apply:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on the entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    The latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions: *Public spaces and services: Until at least 7 March there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • private gatherings are restricted to one household plus one individual from another household
    • non-essential shops are closed. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open
    • personal care service providers such, as tattoo and massage parlours are closed. Barbers and hairdressers will open from 1 March. Physiotherapy and similar services are open
    • employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 15 March
    • restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public is banned
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned
    • in some parts of Germany, local travel restrictions are in place and individuals cannot leave a 15km radius of their place of residence (meaning a village, town or city rather than a home)
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened in February
    Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 3 March.

    Read more
    19.02.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Travelers from Czech Republic banned from entry into Germany starting 14 February because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 11.02.2021). Government extends COVID-19 lockdown until 7 March (Star Tribune, 10.02.2021). Germany bans commercial travel from designated virus variant areas for all non-residents until 17FEB21 (GOV.UK, 29.01.2021). Chancellor expects COVID-19 lockdown to last until beginning of April (Reuters, 12.01.2021). Travelers arriving in Germany from risk regions will have to test twice for COVID-19 (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Non-essential travel restricted to 15-kilometer radius in COVID-19 hot spots (Reuters , 05.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    ** (30.01.2021) The German government has restricted air and sea travel into the country from designated virus variant areas and all non-Schengen countries not on the country’s travel corridor list. The UK is not currently on this list, so travellers from the UK are only permitted to enter Germany if they are returning to their place of residence, if they serve in an important role or if they have an urgent need. The German government has imposed a general ban on commercial travel from the UK or other designated virus variant areas for all non-residents between 30 January and 17 February 2021.
    *Travel from increased risk areas: If, in the 10 days before you travel to Germany, you have been in an area designated as presenting an increased risk of infection, you must register online in advance of travelling to Germany. This online registration process replaces the paper landing cards previously required for travellers from risk areas. On arrival you must travel to your accommodation and quarantine there for ten days. After five days it is possible to secure release from quarantine with a negative test in some parts of Germany. Contact your local public health authority for further details on test and release. There are some exemptions from the quarantine requirement, including for frontier workers and individuals deemed to be providing essential activities. Precise rules are set by the federal states, so please consult the provisions applicable in the place where you are staying.
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a ‘virus variant area’, a ‘high incidence area’, or a ‘risk area’ by the Robert Koch Institute. Entry restrictions differ per type of area. 

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Travellers from ‘new variant areas’ and ‘high incidence’ areas, are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these areas in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof (negative test result or corresponding medical certificate), upon entry, confirming the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and to present it to the competent authority. This test must have been carried out at the earliest 48 hours before entry. If travelling by a carrier, proof must also be presented to the carrier before departure. Proof may also be required during checks by the Federal Police. If the traveller can’t obtain proof in the ‘new variant area’ or ‘high incidence area’ of origin, carriers may perform or arrange for pre-departure testing and, in the case of a negative test, provide transportation. This testing (nasopharyngeal swab) by the carrier must take place no more than 12 hours before departure in the case of entry from an area of variant of concern. The proof of a negative test result, or corresponding medical certificate, must be provided on paper or in an electronic document, in German, English or French. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a ‘risk area’ within 10 days before entry must undergo a 10-day quarantine after arrival in Germany.

    After 5 days of quarantine at the earliest, those entering the country can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation.

    For more information on quarantine regulations that apply to you and any possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are linked at the following website.

     

    Other

    Starting 14 February, entry restrictions and internal border controls with Czechia and the Tyrol region in Austria will be reintroduced to prevent the spread of virus mutations. Only some exceptions are allowed to enter Germany from these countries, including returning Germans or residents and essential workers.

     

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions: *Public spaces and services: Until at least 7 March there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • private gatherings are restricted to one household plus one individual from another household
    • non-essential shops are closed. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open
    • personal care service providers such, as tattoo and massage parlours are closed. Barbers and hairdressers will open from 1 March. Physiotherapy and similar services are open
    • employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 15 March
    • restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public is banned
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned
    • in some parts of Germany, local travel restrictions are in place and individuals cannot leave a 15km radius of their place of residence (meaning a village, town or city rather than a home)
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened in February
    Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 3 March.

    Read more
    16.02.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Travelers from Czech Republic banned from entry into Germany starting 14 February because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 11.02.2021). Government extends COVID-19 lockdown until 7 March (Star Tribune, 10.02.2021). Germany bans commercial travel from designated virus variant areas for all non-residents until 17FEB21 (GOV.UK, 29.01.2021). Chancellor expects COVID-19 lockdown to last until beginning of April (Reuters, 12.01.2021). Travelers arriving in Germany from risk regions will have to test twice for COVID-19 (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Non-essential travel restricted to 15-kilometer radius in COVID-19 hot spots (Reuters , 05.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    ** (30.01.2021) The German government has restricted air and sea travel into the country from designated virus variant areas and all non-Schengen countries not on the country’s travel corridor list. The UK is not currently on this list, so travellers from the UK are only permitted to enter Germany if they are returning to their place of residence, if they serve in an important role or if they have an urgent need. The German government has imposed a general ban on commercial travel from the UK or other designated virus variant areas for all non-residents between 30 January and 17 February 2021.
    *Travel from increased risk areas: If, in the 10 days before you travel to Germany, you have been in an area designated as presenting an increased risk of infection, you must register online in advance of travelling to Germany. This online registration process replaces the paper landing cards previously required for travellers from risk areas. On arrival you must travel to your accommodation and quarantine there for ten days. After five days it is possible to secure release from quarantine with a negative test in some parts of Germany. Contact your local public health authority for further details on test and release. There are some exemptions from the quarantine requirement, including for frontier workers and individuals deemed to be providing essential activities. Precise rules are set by the federal states, so please consult the provisions applicable in the place where you are staying.
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a high-risk area by the Robert Koch Institute.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Information on the designation of international risk areas

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Travellers from areas with a particularly high number of cases (high incidence areas), or from regions with virus variants, are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these regions in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof (negative test result or corresponding medical certificate), upon entry, confirming the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and to present it to the competent authority. This test must have been carried out at the earliest 48 hours before entry. If travelling by a carrier, proof must also be presented to the carrier before departure. Proof may also be required during checks by the Federal Police. If the traveller can’t obtain proof in the “high incidence area” or “area of variant” of origin, carriers may perform or arrange for pre-departure testing and, in the case of a negative test, provide transportation. This testing (nasopharyngeal swab) by the carrier must take place no more than 12 hours before departure in the case of entry from an area of variant of concern. The proof of a negative test result, or corresponding medical certificate, must be provided on paper or in an electronic document, in German, English or French. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a risk area within 10 days before entry must undergo a 10-day quarantine after arrival in Germany.

    After 5 days of quarantine at the earliest, those entering the country can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation.

    For more information on quarantine regulations that apply to you and any possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are linked at the following website.

     

    Other

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a high-risk area by the Robert Koch Institute.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Information on the designation of international risk areas

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Travellers from areas with a particularly high number of cases (high incidence areas), or from regions with virus variants, are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these regions in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof (negative test result or corresponding medical certificate), upon entry, confirming the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and to present it to the competent authority. This test must have been carried out at the earliest 48 hours before entry. If travelling by a carrier, proof must also be presented to the carrier before departure. Proof may also be required during checks by the Federal Police. If the traveller can’t obtain proof in the “high incidence area” or “area of variant” of origin, carriers may perform or arrange for pre-departure testing and, in the case of a negative test, provide transportation. This testing (nasopharyngeal swab) by the carrier must take place no more than 12 hours before departure in the case of entry from an area of variant of concern. The proof of a negative test result, or corresponding medical certificate, must be provided on paper or in an electronic document, in German, English or French. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a risk area within 10 days before entry must undergo a 10-day quarantine after arrival in Germany.

    After 5 days of quarantine at the earliest, those entering the country can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation.

    For more information on quarantine regulations that apply to you and any possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are linked at the following website.

     

    Other

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions: *Public spaces and services: Until at least 7 March there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • private gatherings are restricted to one household plus one individual from another household
    • non-essential shops are closed. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open
    • personal care service providers such, as tattoo and massage parlours are closed. Barbers and hairdressers will open from 1 March. Physiotherapy and similar services are open
    • employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 15 March
    • restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public is banned
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned
    • in some parts of Germany, local travel restrictions are in place and individuals cannot leave a 15km radius of their place of residence (meaning a village, town or city rather than a home)
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened in February
    Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 3 March.

    Read more
    12.02.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Travelers from Czech Republic banned from entry into Germany starting 14 February because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 11.02.2021). Government extends COVID-19 lockdown until 7 March (Star Tribune, 10.02.2021). Germany bans commercial travel from designated virus variant areas for all non-residents until 17FEB21 (GOV.UK, 29.01.2021). Chancellor expects COVID-19 lockdown to last until beginning of April (Reuters, 12.01.2021). Travelers arriving in Germany from risk regions will have to test twice for COVID-19 (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Non-essential travel restricted to 15-kilometer radius in COVID-19 hot spots (Reuters , 05.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    ** (30.01.2021) The German government has restricted air and sea travel into the country from designated virus variant areas and all non-Schengen countries not on the country’s travel corridor list. The UK is not currently on this list, so travellers from the UK are only permitted to enter Germany if they are returning to their place of residence, if they serve in an important role or if they have an urgent need. The German government has imposed a general ban on commercial travel from the UK or other designated virus variant areas for all non-residents between 30 January and 17 February 2021.
    *Travel from increased risk areas: If, in the 10 days before you travel to Germany, you have been in an area designated as presenting an increased risk of infection, you must register online in advance of travelling to Germany. This online registration process replaces the paper landing cards previously required for travellers from risk areas. On arrival you must travel to your accommodation and quarantine there for ten days. After five days it is possible to secure release from quarantine with a negative test in some parts of Germany. Contact your local public health authority for further details on test and release. There are some exemptions from the quarantine requirement, including for frontier workers and individuals deemed to be providing essential activities. Precise rules are set by the federal states, so please consult the provisions applicable in the place where you are staying.
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a high-risk area by the Robert Koch Institute.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Information on the designation of international risk areas

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Travellers from areas with a particularly high number of cases (high incidence areas), or from regions with virus variants, are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these regions in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof (negative test result or corresponding medical certificate), upon entry, confirming the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and to present it to the competent authority. This test must have been carried out at the earliest 48 hours before entry. If travelling by a carrier, proof must also be presented to the carrier before departure. Proof may also be required during checks by the Federal Police. If the traveller can’t obtain proof in the “high incidence area” or “area of variant” of origin, carriers may perform or arrange for pre-departure testing and, in the case of a negative test, provide transportation. This testing (nasopharyngeal swab) by the carrier must take place no more than 12 hours before departure in the case of entry from an area of variant of concern. The proof of a negative test result, or corresponding medical certificate, must be provided on paper or in an electronic document, in German, English or French. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a risk area within 10 days before entry must undergo a 10-day quarantine after arrival in Germany.

    After 5 days of quarantine at the earliest, those entering the country can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation.

    For more information on quarantine regulations that apply to you and any possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are linked at the following website.

     

    Other

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions: *Public spaces and services: Until at least 7 March there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • private gatherings are restricted to one household plus one individual from another household
    • non-essential shops are closed. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open
    • personal care service providers such, as tattoo and massage parlours are closed. Barbers and hairdressers will open from 1 March. Physiotherapy and similar services are open
    • employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 15 March
    • restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public is banned
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned
    • in some parts of Germany, local travel restrictions are in place and individuals cannot leave a 15km radius of their place of residence (meaning a village, town or city rather than a home)
    • Schools and nurseries are gradually being opened in February
    Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will next be reviewed on 3 March.

    Read more
    11.02.2021
  • Germany Latest News: COVID-19 lockdown to be extended for additional two weeks (Reuters, 05.02.2021). Germany bans commercial travel from designated virus variant areas for all non-residents until 17FEB21 (GOV.UK, 29.01.2021). Chancellor expects COVID-19 lockdown to last until beginning of April (Reuters, 12.01.2021). Authorities in Germany extend travel ban on South Africa and U.K. arrivals until at least 20 January (The Local, 07.01.2021). Travelers arriving in Germany from risk regions will have to test twice for COVID-19 (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Non-essential travel restricted to 15-kilometer radius in COVID-19 hot spots (Reuters , 05.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    ** (30.01.2021) The German government has restricted air and sea travel into the country from designated virus variant areas and all non-Schengen countries not on the country’s travel corridor list. The UK is not currently on this list, so travellers from the UK are only permitted to enter Germany if they are returning to their place of residence, if they serve in an important role or if they have an urgent need. The German government has imposed a general ban on commercial travel from the UK or other designated virus variant areas for all non-residents between 30 January and 17 February 2021.
    *Travel from increased risk areas: If, in the 10 days before you travel to Germany, you have been in an area designated as presenting an increased risk of infection, you must register online in advance of travelling to Germany. This online registration process replaces the paper landing cards previously required for travellers from risk areas. On arrival you must travel to your accommodation and quarantine there for ten days. After five days it is possible to secure release from quarantine with a negative test in some parts of Germany. Contact your local public health authority for further details on test and release. There are some exemptions from the quarantine requirement, including for frontier workers and individuals deemed to be providing essential activities. Precise rules are set by the federal states, so please consult the provisions applicable in the place where you are staying.
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a high-risk area by the Robert Koch Institute.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Information on the designation of international risk areas

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Travellers from areas with a particularly high number of cases (high incidence areas), or from regions with virus variants, are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these regions in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof (negative test result or corresponding medical certificate), upon entry, confirming the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and to present it to the competent authority. This test must have been carried out at the earliest 48 hours before entry. If travelling by a carrier, proof must also be presented to the carrier before departure. Proof may also be required during checks by the Federal Police. If the traveller can’t obtain proof in the “high incidence area” or “area of variant” of origin, carriers may perform or arrange for pre-departure testing and, in the case of a negative test, provide transportation. This testing (nasopharyngeal swab) by the carrier must take place no more than 12 hours before departure in the case of entry from an area of variant of concern. The proof of a negative test result, or corresponding medical certificate, must be provided on paper or in an electronic document, in German, English or French. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a risk area within 10 days before entry must undergo a 10-day quarantine after arrival in Germany.

    After 5 days of quarantine at the earliest, those entering the country can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation.

    For more information on quarantine regulations that apply to you and any possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are linked at the following website.

     

    Other

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: Until at least 14 February there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • private gatherings are restricted to one household plus one individual from another household;
    • non-essential shops are closed. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open;
    • personal care service providers such as barbers, hairdressers, tattoo and massage parlours etc. are closed. Physiotherapy and similar services are open;
    • schools and nurseries will largely be closed until at least 14 February;
    • employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 15 March;
    • restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public is banned;
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned;
    • in some parts of Germany, local travel restrictions are in place and individuals cannot leave a 15km radius of their place of residence (meaning a village, town or city rather than a home).
    Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary socheck the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will be reviewed in February.

    Read more
    09.02.2021
  • Germany Latest News: COVID-19 lockdown to be extended for additional two weeks (Reuters, 05.02.2021). Germany bans commercial travel from designated virus variant areas for all non-residents until 17FEB21 (GOV.UK, 29.01.2021). Chancellor expects COVID-19 lockdown to last until beginning of April (Reuters, 12.01.2021). Authorities in Germany extend travel ban on South Africa and U.K. arrivals until at least 20 January (The Local, 07.01.2021). Travelers arriving in Germany from risk regions will have to test twice for COVID-19 (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Non-essential travel restricted to 15-kilometer radius in COVID-19 hot spots (Reuters , 05.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    ** (30.01.2021) The German government has restricted air and sea travel into the country from designated virus variant areas and all non-Schengen countries not on the country’s travel corridor list. The UK is not currently on this list, so travellers from the UK are only permitted to enter Germany if they are returning to their place of residence, if they serve in an important role or if they have an urgent need. The German government has imposed a general ban on commercial travel from the UK or other designated virus variant areas for all non-residents between 30 January and 17 February 2021.
    *Travel from increased risk areas: If, in the 10 days before you travel to Germany, you have been in an area designated as presenting an increased risk of infection, you must register online in advance of travelling to Germany. This online registration process replaces the paper landing cards previously required for travellers from risk areas. On arrival you must travel to your accommodation and quarantine there for ten days. After five days it is possible to secure release from quarantine with a negative test in some parts of Germany. Contact your local public health authority for further details on test and release. There are some exemptions from the quarantine requirement, including for frontier workers and individuals deemed to be providing essential activities. Precise rules are set by the federal states, so please consult the provisions applicable in the place where you are staying.
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a high-risk area by the Robert Koch Institute.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Information on the designation of international risk areas

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Travellers from areas with a particularly high number of cases (high incidence areas), or from regions with virus variants, are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these regions in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof (negative test result or corresponding medical certificate), upon entry, confirming the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and to present it to the competent authority. This test must have been carried out at the earliest 48 hours before entry. If travelling by a carrier, proof must also be presented to the carrier before departure. Proof may also be required during checks by the Federal Police. If the traveller can’t obtain proof in the “high incidence area” or “area of variant” of origin, carriers may perform or arrange for pre-departure testing and, in the case of a negative test, provide transportation. This testing (nasopharyngeal swab) by the carrier must take place no more than 12 hours before departure in the case of entry from an area of variant of concern. The proof of a negative test result, or corresponding medical certificate, must be provided on paper or in an electronic document, in German, English or French. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a risk area within 10 days before entry must undergo a 10-day quarantine after arrival in Germany.

    After 5 days of quarantine at the earliest, those entering the country can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation.

    For more information on quarantine regulations that apply to you and any possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are linked at the following website.

     

    Other

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Other: Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.
    Mandatory travel documentation: Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: Until at least 14 February there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • private gatherings are restricted to one household plus one individual from another household;
    • non-essential shops are closed. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open;
    • personal care service providers such as barbers, hairdressers, tattoo and massage parlours etc. are closed. Physiotherapy and similar services are open;
    • schools and nurseries will largely be closed until at least 14 February;
    • employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 15 March;
    • restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public is banned;
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned;
    • in some parts of Germany, local travel restrictions are in place and individuals cannot leave a 15km radius of their place of residence (meaning a village, town or city rather than a home).
    Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary socheck the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will be reviewed in February.

    Read more
    05.02.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Germany bans commercial travel from designated virus variant areas for all non-residents until 17FEB21 (GOV.UK, 29.01.2021). Chancellor expects COVID-19 lockdown to last until beginning of April (Reuters, 12.01.2021). Authorities in Germany extend travel ban on South Africa and U.K. arrivals until at least 20 January (The Local, 07.01.2021). Travelers arriving in Germany from risk regions will have to test twice for COVID-19 (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Non-essential travel restricted to 15-kilometer radius in COVID-19 hot spots (Reuters , 05.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    ** (30.01.2021) The German government has restricted air and sea travel into the country from designated virus variant areas and all non-Schengen countries not on the country’s travel corridor list. The UK is not currently on this list, so travellers from the UK are only permitted to enter Germany if they are returning to their place of residence, if they serve in an important role or if they have an urgent need. The German government has imposed a general ban on commercial travel from the UK or other designated virus variant areas for all non-residents between 30 January and 17 February 2021.
    *Travel from increased risk areas: If, in the 10 days before you travel to Germany, you have been in an area designated as presenting an increased risk of infection, you must register online in advance of travelling to Germany. This online registration process replaces the paper landing cards previously required for travellers from risk areas. On arrival you must travel to your accommodation and quarantine there for ten days. After five days it is possible to secure release from quarantine with a negative test in some parts of Germany. Contact your local public health authority for further details on test and release. There are some exemptions from the quarantine requirement, including for frontier workers and individuals deemed to be providing essential activities. Precise rules are set by the federal states, so please consult the provisions applicable in the place where you are staying.
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a high-risk area by the Robert Koch Institute.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Information on the designation of international risk areas

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Travellers from areas with a particularly high number of cases (high incidence areas), or from regions with virus variants, are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these regions in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof (negative test result or corresponding medical certificate), upon entry, confirming the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and to present it to the competent authority. This test must have been carried out at the earliest 48 hours before entry. If travelling by a carrier, proof must also be presented to the carrier before departure. Proof may also be required during checks by the Federal Police. If the traveller can’t obtain proof in the “high incidence area” or “area of variant” of origin, carriers may perform or arrange for pre-departure testing and, in the case of a negative test, provide transportation. This testing (nasopharyngeal swab) by the carrier must take place no more than 12 hours before departure in the case of entry from an area of variant of concern. The proof of a negative test result, or corresponding medical certificate, must be provided on paper or in an electronic document, in German, English or French. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a risk area within 10 days before entry must undergo a 10-day quarantine after arrival in Germany.

    After 5 days of quarantine at the earliest, those entering the country can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation.

    For more information on quarantine regulations that apply to you and any possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are linked at the following website.

     

    Other

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: Until at least 14 February there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • private gatherings are restricted to one household plus one individual from another household;
    • non-essential shops are closed. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open;
    • personal care service providers such as barbers, hairdressers, tattoo and massage parlours etc. are closed. Physiotherapy and similar services are open;
    • schools and nurseries will largely be closed until at least 14 February;
    • employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 15 March;
    • restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public is banned;
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned;
    • in some parts of Germany, local travel restrictions are in place and individuals cannot leave a 15km radius of their place of residence (meaning a village, town or city rather than a home).
    Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary socheck the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will be reviewed in February.

    Read more
    30.01.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Germany bans travel from coronavirus variant countries (WION,28.01.2021). Government reportedly will extend COVID-19 lockdown until mid-February (Reuters, 19.01.2021). Terminal 1 at Frankfurt Airport reopens (DW, 17.01.2021). Chancellor expects COVID-19 lockdown to last until beginning of April (Reuters, 12.01.2021). Authorities in Germany extend travel ban on South Africa and U.K. arrivals until at least 20 January (The Local, 07.01.2021). Travelers arriving in Germany from risk regions will have to test twice for COVID-19 (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Non-essential travel restricted to 15-kilometer radius in COVID-19 hot spots (Reuters , 05.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a high-risk area by the Robert Koch Institute.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Information on the designation of international risk areas

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Travellers from areas with a particularly high number of cases (high incidence areas), or from regions with virus variants, are subject to stricter rules. Anyone who has been in one of these regions in the 10 days before entry is obliged to provide proof (negative test result or corresponding medical certificate), upon entry, confirming the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and to present it to the competent authority. This test must have been carried out at the earliest 48 hours before entry. If travelling by a carrier, proof must also be presented to the carrier before departure. Proof may also be required during checks by the Federal Police. If the traveller can’t obtain proof in the “high incidence area” or “area of variant” of origin, carriers may perform or arrange for pre-departure testing and, in the case of a negative test, provide transportation. This testing (nasopharyngeal swab) by the carrier must take place no more than 12 hours before departure in the case of entry from an area of variant of concern. The proof of a negative test result, or corresponding medical certificate, must be provided on paper or in an electronic document, in German, English or French. The test performed must meet the requirements stated at https://www.rki.de/tests.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers who have stayed in a risk area within 10 days before entry must undergo a 10-day quarantine after arrival in Germany.

    After 5 days of quarantine at the earliest, those entering the country can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Certain groups of people are exempt from the quarantine obligation.

    For more information on quarantine regulations that apply to you and any possible exemptions, please contact the respective federal state. Regulations of the respective federal states are linked at the following website.

     

    Other

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

     

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

    Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.

    Such restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Associated countries, and their family members, are also exempted from travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a long-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country (residence permit or long-term visa), and to members of their family.

     

    Unmarried couples

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previously shared residence in another country until recently.
    See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

     

    Find out more:
    More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: Until at least 14 February there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • private gatherings are restricted to one household plus one individual from another household;
    • non-essential shops are closed. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open;
    • personal care service providers such as barbers, hairdressers, tattoo and massage parlours etc. are closed. Physiotherapy and similar services are open;
    • schools and nurseries will largely be closed until at least 14 February;
    • employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 15 March;
    • restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public is banned;
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned;
    • in some parts of Germany, local travel restrictions are in place and individuals cannot leave a 15km radius of their place of residence (meaning a village, town or city rather than a home).
    Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary socheck the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will be reviewed in February.

    Read more
    29.01.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Government reportedly will extend COVID-19 lockdown until mid-February (Reuters, 19.01.2021). Terminal 1 at Frankfurt Airport reopens (DW, 17.01.2021). Chancellor expects COVID-19 lockdown to last until beginning of April (Reuters, 12.01.2021). Authorities in Germany extend travel ban on South Africa and U.K. arrivals until at least 20 January (The Local, 07.01.2021). Travelers arriving in Germany from risk regions will have to test twice for COVID-19 (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Non-essential travel restricted to 15-kilometer radius in COVID-19 hot spots (Reuters , 05.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a high-risk area by the Robert Koch Institute.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Information on the designation of international risk areas

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

    Find out more: More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe.

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    .

    *From Third Countries:

    The German Government has banned all air passenger flights between the United Kingdom and Germany from midnight on Sunday 20 December to midnight on 20 January. German nationals/residents will be able to arrive from 1 January. Travellers should consult their airline operator before travelling.

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. Once the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao SARs of the People’s Republic of China.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    *From Third Countries:

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. Once the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao SARs of the People’s Republic of China.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    .

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: Until at least 14 February there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • private gatherings are restricted to one household plus one individual from another household;
    • non-essential shops are closed. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open;
    • personal care service providers such as barbers, hairdressers, tattoo and massage parlours etc. are closed. Physiotherapy and similar services are open;
    • schools and nurseries will largely be closed until at least 14 February;
    • employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 15 March;
    • restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public is banned;
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned;
    • in some parts of Germany, local travel restrictions are in place and individuals cannot leave a 15km radius of their place of residence (meaning a village, town or city rather than a home).
    Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary socheck the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will be reviewed in February.

    Read more
    26.01.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Government reportedly will extend COVID-19 lockdown until mid-February (Reuters, 19.01.2021). Terminal 1 at Frankfurt Airport reopens (DW, 17.01.2021). Chancellor expects COVID-19 lockdown to last until beginning of April (Reuters, 12.01.2021). Authorities in Germany extend travel ban on South Africa and U.K. arrivals until at least 20 January (The Local, 07.01.2021). Travelers arriving in Germany from risk regions will have to test twice for COVID-19 (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Non-essential travel restricted to 15-kilometer radius in COVID-19 hot spots (Reuters , 05.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a high-risk area by the Robert Koch Institute.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Information on the designation of international risk areas

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

    Find out more: More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    The German Government has banned all air passenger flights between the United Kingdom and Germany from midnight on Sunday 20 December to midnight on 20 January. German nationals/residents will be able to arrive from 1 January. Travellers should consult their airline operator before travelling.

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. Once the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao SARs of the People’s Republic of China.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    *From Third Countries:

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. Once the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao SARs of the People’s Republic of China.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: Until at least 14 February there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • private gatherings are restricted to one household plus one individual from another household;
    • non-essential shops are closed. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open;
    • personal care service providers such as barbers, hairdressers, tattoo and massage parlours etc. are closed. Physiotherapy and similar services are open;
    • schools and nurseries will largely be closed until at least 14 February;
    • employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 15 March;
    • restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public is banned;
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned;
    • in some parts of Germany, local travel restrictions are in place and individuals cannot leave a 15km radius of their place of residence (meaning a village, town or city rather than a home).
    Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary socheck the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will be reviewed in February.

    Read more
    22.01.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Government reportedly will extend COVID-19 lockdown until mid-February (Reuters, 19.01.2021). Terminal 1 at Frankfurt Airport reopens (DW, 17.01.2021). Chancellor expects COVID-19 lockdown to last until beginning of April (Reuters, 12.01.2021). Authorities in Germany extend travel ban on South Africa and U.K. arrivals until at least 20 January (The Local, 07.01.2021). Travelers arriving in Germany from risk regions will have to test twice for COVID-19 (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Non-essential travel restricted to 15-kilometer radius in COVID-19 hot spots (Reuters , 05.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a high-risk area by the Robert Koch Institute.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Information on the designation of international risk areas

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    Mandatory travel documentation

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to digitally register, conduct a test for the coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the federal state, to go into quarantine. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

    Find out more: More information is available at the Federal Foreign Office website and the Ministry of Health (in German).

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    The German Government has banned all air passenger flights between the United Kingdom and Germany from midnight on Sunday 20 December to midnight on 20 January. German nationals/residents will be able to arrive from 1 January. Travellers should consult their airline operator before travelling.

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. Once the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao SARs of the People’s Republic of China.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    *From Third Countries:

    The German Government has banned all air passenger flights between the United Kingdom and Germany from midnight on Sunday 20 December to midnight on 20 January. German nationals/residents will be able to arrive from 1 January. Travellers should consult their airline operator before travelling.

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. Once the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao SARs of the People’s Republic of China.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: Until at least 14 February there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • private gatherings are restricted to one household plus one individual from another household;
    • non-essential shops are closed. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open;
    • personal care service providers such as barbers, hairdressers, tattoo and massage parlours etc. are closed. Physiotherapy and similar services are open;
    • schools and nurseries will largely be closed until at least 14 February;
    • employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 15 March;
    • restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public is banned;
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned;
    • in some parts of Germany, local travel restrictions are in place and individuals cannot leave a 15km radius of their place of residence (meaning a village, town or city rather than a home).
    Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary socheck the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will be reviewed in February.

    Read more
    21.01.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Government reportedly will extend COVID-19 lockdown until mid-February (Reuters, 19.01.2021). Terminal 1 at Frankfurt Airport reopens (DW, 17.01.2021). Chancellor expects COVID-19 lockdown to last until beginning of April (Reuters, 12.01.2021). Authorities in Germany extend travel ban on South Africa and U.K. arrivals until at least 20 January (The Local, 07.01.2021). Travelers arriving in Germany from risk regions will have to test twice for COVID-19 (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Non-essential travel restricted to 15-kilometer radius in COVID-19 hot spots (Reuters , 05.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Germany: The German government has restricted air and sea travel into the country at its external Schengen borders, except for travel from countries on its designated travel corridor list. The UK is not currently on this list, so travellers from the UK are only permitted to enter Germany if they are returning to their place of residence, if they serve in an important role or if they have an urgent need. Foreign nationals resident in Germany will require proof of residence. If you are not yet in possession of a residence card, you will be required to provide credible evidence that you are resident in Germany.
    This could include an address registration certificate (Meldebescheinigung), a tenancy agreement, a utility bill in your name, or a certificate of application (Fiktionsbescheinigung).
    The German authorities have confirmed that individuals who are registered at a German address in the population register (Melderegister), who can present identification (including residence documents) displaying a German address, or documents (paper or electronic) issued in their name by third parties stating an address in Germany, may be presumed to be resident in Germany. A document which has been left in Germany but which can be accessed by someone else may be photographed or scanned and sent to the traveller abroad by email or via cloud for presentation at checks. See the guidance from the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community.
    Travellers arriving in Germany who have been in the UK in the preceding 10 days must present a negative Covid-19 test to border officials when entering Germany. Airline passengers will have to present their negative test at the start of their journey. The result can be in either paper or electronic form. The test must have been taken less than 48 hours before entry to Germany. Children aged five or under are exempt from the test requirement. Even with a negative test, travellers will still be required to self-isolate for 10 days following arrival in Germany, with the possibility of test and release after 5 days in some areas.

    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a high-risk area by the Robert Koch Institute.

    Information on the designation of international risk areas

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the testing and quarantine regulations obligations of the competent Federal State.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    More information on travel restrictions and regulations for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are available at the Federal Foreign Office website. Also, see the FAQ regarding corona testing and quarantine in Germany.

    Find out more:
    Federal Foreign Office

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    The German Government has banned all air passenger flights between the United Kingdom and Germany from midnight on Sunday 20 December to midnight on 20 January. German nationals/residents will be able to arrive from 1 January. Travellers should consult their airline operator before travelling.

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. Once the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao SARs of the People’s Republic of China.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: Until at least 14 February there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • private gatherings are restricted to one household plus one individual from another household;
    • non-essential shops are closed. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open;
    • personal care service providers such as barbers, hairdressers, tattoo and massage parlours etc. are closed. Physiotherapy and similar services are open;
    • schools and nurseries will largely be closed until at least 14 February;
    • employers are legally obliged to allow employees to work from home, where their work activities allow, until 15 March;
    • restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public is banned;
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned;
    • in some parts of Germany, local travel restrictions are in place and individuals cannot leave a 15km radius of their place of residence (meaning a village, town or city rather than a home).
    Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and public transport, replacing a previous requirement for simple mouth-nose coverings. Whereas Bavaria requires FFP-2 masks, other states permit a disposable surgical mask. You should follow local guidance. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary socheck the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will be reviewed in February.

    Read more
    20.01.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Government reportedly will extend COVID-19 lockdown until mid-February (Reuters, 19.01.2021). Terminal 1 at Frankfurt Airport reopens (DW, 17.01.2021). Chancellor expects COVID-19 lockdown to last until beginning of April (Reuters, 12.01.2021). Authorities in Germany extend travel ban on South Africa and U.K. arrivals until at least 20 January (The Local, 07.01.2021). Travelers arriving in Germany from risk regions will have to test twice for COVID-19 (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Non-essential travel restricted to 15-kilometer radius in COVID-19 hot spots (Reuters , 05.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Germany: The German government has restricted air and sea travel into the country at its external Schengen borders, except for travel from countries on its designated travel corridor list. The UK is not currently on this list, so travellers from the UK are only permitted to enter Germany if they are returning to their place of residence, if they serve in an important role or if they have an urgent need. Foreign nationals resident in Germany will require proof of residence. If you are not yet in possession of a residence card, you will be required to provide credible evidence that you are resident in Germany.
    This could include an address registration certificate (Meldebescheinigung), a tenancy agreement, a utility bill in your name, or a certificate of application (Fiktionsbescheinigung).
    The German authorities have confirmed that individuals who are registered at a German address in the population register (Melderegister), who can present identification (including residence documents) displaying a German address, or documents (paper or electronic) issued in their name by third parties stating an address in Germany, may be presumed to be resident in Germany. A document which has been left in Germany but which can be accessed by someone else may be photographed or scanned and sent to the traveller abroad by email or via cloud for presentation at checks. See the guidance from the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community.
    Travellers arriving in Germany who have been in the UK in the preceding 10 days must present a negative Covid-19 test to border officials when entering Germany. Airline passengers will have to present their negative test at the start of their journey. The result can be in either paper or electronic form. The test must have been taken less than 48 hours before entry to Germany. Children aged five or under are exempt from the test requirement. Even with a negative test, travellers will still be required to self-isolate for 10 days following arrival in Germany, with the possibility of test and release after 5 days in some areas.

    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a high-risk area by the Robert Koch Institute.

    Information on the designation of international risk areas

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the testing and quarantine regulations obligations of the competent Federal State.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    More information on travel restrictions and regulations for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are available at the Federal Foreign Office website. Also, see the FAQ regarding corona testing and quarantine in Germany.

    Find out more:
    Federal Foreign Office

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    The German Government has banned all air passenger flights between the United Kingdom and Germany from midnight on Sunday 20 December to midnight on 20 January. German nationals/residents will be able to arrive from 1 January. Travellers should consult their airline operator before travelling.

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. Once the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao SARs of the People’s Republic of China.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: Until at least 31 January there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • from 11 January, private gatherings are restricted to one household plus one individual from another household;
    • non-essential shops are closed. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open;
    • personal care service providers such as barbers, hairdressers, tattoo and massage parlours etc. will be closed. Physiotherapy and similar services are allowed;
    • schools and nurseries will largely be closed until at least 31 January;
    • employers are urged to allow employees to work from home;
    • restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public is banned;
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned;
    • in some parts of Germany, local travel restrictions are in place and individuals cannot leave a 15km radius of their place of residence (meaning a village, town or city rather than a home).
    Mouth-nose coverings are compulsory in many public spaces in Germany. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will be reviewed on 25 January and may be extended beyond 31 January.

    Read more
    19.01.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Terminal 1 at Frankfurt Airport reopens (DW, 17.01.2021). Chancellor expects COVID-19 lockdown to last until beginning of April (Reuters, 12.01.2021). Authorities in Germany extend travel ban on South Africa and U.K. arrivals until at least 20 January (The Local, 07.01.2021). Travelers arriving in Germany from risk regions will have to test twice for COVID-19 (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Non-essential travel restricted to 15-kilometer radius in COVID-19 hot spots (Reuters , 05.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a high-risk area by the Robert Koch Institute.

    Information on the designation of international risk areas

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the testing and quarantine regulations obligations of the competent Federal State.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    More information on travel restrictions and regulations for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are available at the Federal Foreign Office website. Also, see the FAQ regarding corona testing and quarantine in Germany.

    Find out more:
    Federal Foreign Office

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    The German Government has banned all air passenger flights between the United Kingdom and Germany from midnight on Sunday 20 December to midnight on 20 January. German nationals/residents will be able to arrive from 1 January. Travellers should consult their airline operator before travelling.

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. Once the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao SARs of the People’s Republic of China.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: Until at least 31 January there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • from 11 January, private gatherings are restricted to one household plus one individual from another household;
    • non-essential shops are closed. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open;
    • personal care service providers such as barbers, hairdressers, tattoo and massage parlours etc. will be closed. Physiotherapy and similar services are allowed;
    • schools and nurseries will largely be closed until at least 31 January;
    • employers are urged to allow employees to work from home;
    • restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public is banned;
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned;
    • in some parts of Germany, local travel restrictions are in place and individuals cannot leave a 15km radius of their place of residence (meaning a village, town or city rather than a home).
    Mouth-nose coverings are compulsory in many public spaces in Germany. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will be reviewed on 25 January and may be extended beyond 31 January.

    Read more
    18.01.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Chancellor expects COVID-19 lockdown to last until beginning of April (Reuters, 12.01.2021). Authorities in Germany extend travel ban on South Africa and U.K. arrivals until at least 20 January (The Local, 07.01.2021). Travelers arriving in Germany from risk regions will have to test twice for COVID-19 (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Non-essential travel restricted to 15-kilometer radius in COVID-19 hot spots (Reuters , 05.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a high-risk area by the Robert Koch Institute.

    Information on the designation of international risk areas

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the testing and quarantine regulations obligations of the competent Federal State.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    More information on travel restrictions and regulations for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are available at the Federal Foreign Office website. Also, see the FAQ regarding corona testing and quarantine in Germany.

    Find out more:
    Federal Foreign Office

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    The German Government has banned all air passenger flights between the United Kingdom and Germany from midnight on Sunday 20 December to midnight on 20 January. German nationals/residents will be able to arrive from 1 January. Travellers should consult their airline operator before travelling.

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. Once the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao SARs of the People’s Republic of China.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: Until at least 31 January there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • from 11 January, private gatherings are restricted to one household plus one individual from another household;
    • non-essential shops are closed. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open;
    • personal care service providers such as barbers, hairdressers, tattoo and massage parlours etc. will be closed. Physiotherapy and similar services are allowed;
    • schools and nurseries will largely be closed until at least 31 January;
    • employers are urged to allow employees to work from home;
    • restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public is banned;
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned;
    • in some parts of Germany, local travel restrictions are in place and individuals cannot leave a 15km radius of their place of residence (meaning a village, town or city rather than a home).
    Mouth-nose coverings are compulsory in many public spaces in Germany. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will be reviewed on 25 January and may be extended beyond 31 January.

    Read more
    15.01.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Chancellor expects COVID-19 lockdown to last until beginning of April (Reuters, 12.01.2021). Authorities in Germany extend travel ban on South Africa and U.K. arrivals until at least 20 January (The Local, 07.01.2021). Travelers arriving in Germany from risk regions will have to test twice for COVID-19 (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Non-essential travel restricted to 15-kilometer radius in COVID-19 hot spots (Reuters , 05.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    A ban on commercial travel from South Africa and the UK has been extended until at least Jan. 20; German residents can apply for an exception via their transport provider. In addition, from Jan. 11, all travelers arriving in the country who have visited designated risk areas within the previous 10 days must provide a negative COVID-19 test no older than 48 hours upon arrival, or take a test as soon as they arrive in the country. These travelers must also self-isolate for 10-days; the self-isolation can be ended on day five with a second negative test.
    As of Jan. 8, Germany’s federal disease control and prevention agency, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), has designated numerous locations, including the UK, Spain, and Portugal as risk areas; from Jan. 9, France, Ireland, the Faroe Islands, the provinces of Rogaland and Trondelag in Norway, and Madeira, Portugal, will also be considered risk areas.
    Most travelers from outside of the EEA, with the exception of those from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, South Korea, and Thailand, remain prohibited from entry. Limited exceptions are made for EEA citizens and residents, diplomats, essential workers, students, freight and transport workers, individuals in transit, and for urgent reasons decided on a case-by-case basis. All such arrivals are subject to a mandatory self-isolation period as detailed above; this measure does not apply to transport and freight workers.

    *From within the EU:

    Germany is implementing the commonly agreed EU “traffic lights” approach to travel restrictions, which applies to EU and EEA countries.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a high-risk area by the Robert Koch Institute.

    Information on the designation of international risk areas

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entry, are obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the testing and quarantine regulations obligations of the competent Federal State.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality.

    Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    More information on travel restrictions and regulations for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are available at the Federal Foreign Office website. Also, see the FAQ regarding corona testing and quarantine in Germany.

    Find out more:
    Federal Foreign Office

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    The German Government has banned all air passenger flights between the United Kingdom and Germany from midnight on Sunday 20 December to midnight on 20 January. German nationals/residents will be able to arrive from 1 January. Travellers should consult their airline operator before travelling.

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. Once the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao SARs of the People’s Republic of China.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Health officials are also maintaining stringent domestic restrictions until at least Jan. 31. All residents in areas deemed COVID-19 hotspots are permitted to travel only within 15 km (9.3 miles) of their town unless they have a valid reason for traveling further. In addition, private gatherings are limited to two people, unless members of the same household. The following restrictions remain in place:
    • All nonessential shops and educational facilities are closed.
    • Restaurants and bars remain closed except for delivery and carryout services.
    • Public recreation centers and entertainment facilities, including gyms, swimming pools, saunas, cinemas, and theaters, are closed.
    • Large events are suspended.
    • Employees are advised to work from home whenever possible.
    • Tourism-related hotel stays are suspended.
    • Nonessential travel is discouraged.
    Protective face coverings are required in most public spaces nationwide, including on public transport and in retail shops. When possible, people from different households should remain a minimum of 1.5 meters (5 feet) apart.
    Authorities could further ease, tighten, or otherwise amend restrictions with little-to-no notice based on disease activity over the coming weeks.
    These measures will be reviewed on 25 January and may be extended beyond 31 January.

    Read more
    12.01.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Authorities in Germany extend travel ban on South Africa and U.K. arrivals until at least 20 January (The Local, 07.01.2021). Travelers arriving in Germany from risk regions will have to test twice for COVID-19 (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Non-essential travel restricted to 15-kilometer radius in COVID-19 hot spots (Reuters , 05.01.2021). Federal, state governments set to extend COVID-19 lockdown until 31 January (Reuters, 04.01.2021). Russian authorities allow limited flights to Germany (Republic World, 26.12.2020). German government bans passenger flights from U.K. and South Africa through 6 January, prohibits travel by rail, bus and ship (AP, 22.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    A ban on commercial travel from South Africa and the UK has been extended until at least Jan. 20; German residents can apply for an exception via their transport provider. In addition, from Jan. 11, all travelers arriving in the country who have visited designated risk areas within the previous 10 days must provide a negative COVID-19 test no older than 48 hours upon arrival, or take a test as soon as they arrive in the country. These travelers must also self-isolate for 10-days; the self-isolation can be ended on day five with a second negative test.
    As of Jan. 8, Germany’s federal disease control and prevention agency, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), has designated numerous locations, including the UK, Spain, and Portugal as risk areas; from Jan. 9, France, Ireland, the Faroe Islands, the provinces of Rogaland and Trondelag in Norway, and Madeira, Portugal, will also be considered risk areas.
    Most travelers from outside of the EEA, with the exception of those from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, South Korea, and Thailand, remain prohibited from entry. Limited exceptions are made for EEA citizens and residents, diplomats, essential workers, students, freight and transport workers, individuals in transit, and for urgent reasons decided on a case-by-case basis. All such arrivals are subject to a mandatory self-isolation period as detailed above; this measure does not apply to transport and freight workers.
    *From within the EU:

    Note: Germany adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Germany are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a high-risk area. The Robert Koch Institute provides a list of international risk areas, which is updated regularly.

    A country or area is defined as “high-risk” when there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 people over the last seven days.

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last ten days before entry, are obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the testing and quarantine regulations obligations of the competent Federal State.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality. Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    More information on travel restrictions and regulations for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are available at the Federal Foreign Office website. Also, see the FAQ regarding corona testing and quarantine in Germany.

    Find out more:
    Federal Foreign Office

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    The German Government has banned all air passenger flights between the United Kingdom and Germany from midnight on Sunday 20 December to midnight on 20 January. German nationals/residents will be able to arrive from 1 January. Travellers should consult their airline operator before travelling.

    See also:
    Commission adopts Recommendation on EU coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to a new variant of coronavirus in the UK (22 December 2020)

    ____________________

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. Once the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao SARs of the People’s Republic of China.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Health officials are also maintaining stringent domestic restrictions until at least Jan. 31. All residents in areas deemed COVID-19 hotspots are permitted to travel only within 15 km (9.3 miles) of their town unless they have a valid reason for traveling further. In addition, private gatherings are limited to two people, unless members of the same household. The following restrictions remain in place:
    • All nonessential shops and educational facilities are closed.
    • Restaurants and bars remain closed except for delivery and carryout services.
    • Public recreation centers and entertainment facilities, including gyms, swimming pools, saunas, cinemas, and theaters, are closed.
    • Large events are suspended.
    • Employees are advised to work from home whenever possible.
    • Tourism-related hotel stays are suspended.
    • Nonessential travel is discouraged.
    Protective face coverings are required in most public spaces nationwide, including on public transport and in retail shops. When possible, people from different households should remain a minimum of 1.5 meters (5 feet) apart.
    Authorities could further ease, tighten, or otherwise amend restrictions with little-to-no notice based on disease activity over the coming weeks.
    These measures will be reviewed on 25 January and may be extended beyond 31 January.

    Read more
    11.01.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Authorities in Germany extend travel ban on South Africa and U.K. arrivals until at least 20 January (The Local, 07.01.2021). Travelers arriving in Germany from risk regions will have to test twice for COVID-19 (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Non-essential travel restricted to 15-kilometer radius in COVID-19 hot spots (Reuters , 05.01.2021). Federal, state governments set to extend COVID-19 lockdown until 31 January (Reuters, 04.01.2021). Russian authorities allow limited flights to Germany (Republic World, 26.12.2020). German government bans passenger flights from U.K. and South Africa through 6 January, prohibits travel by rail, bus and ship (AP, 22.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Note: Germany adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Germany are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a high-risk area. The Robert Koch Institute provides a list of international risk areas, which is updated regularly.

    A country or area is defined as “high-risk” when there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 people over the last seven days.

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last ten days before entry, are obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the testing and quarantine regulations obligations of the competent Federal State.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality. Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    More information on travel restrictions and regulations for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are available at the Federal Foreign Office website. Also, see the FAQ regarding corona testing and quarantine in Germany.

    Find out more:
    Federal Foreign Office

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    The German Government has banned all air passenger flights between the United Kingdom and Germany from midnight on Sunday 20 December to midnight on 20 January. German nationals/residents will be able to arrive from 1 January. Travellers should consult their airline operator before travelling.

    See also:
    Commission adopts Recommendation on EU coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to a new variant of coronavirus in the UK (22 December 2020)

    ____________________

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. Once the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao SARs of the People’s Republic of China.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: Until at least 31 January there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    from 11 January, private gatherings are restricted to one household plus one individual from another household; .
    non-essential shops are closed. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open;
    personal care service providers such as barbers, hairdressers, tattoo and massage parlours etc. will be closed. Physiotherapy and similar services are allowed;
    schools and nurseries will largely be closed until at least 31 January;
    employers are urged to allow employees to work from home;
    restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public is banned;
    services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned;
    in some parts of Germany, local travel restrictions are in place and individuals cannot leave a 15km radius of their place of residence (meaning a village, town or city rather than a home). Mouth-nose coverings are compulsory in many public spaces in Germany. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will be reviewed on 25 January and may be extended beyond 31 January..

    Read more
    08.01.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Travelers arriving in Germany from risk regions will have to test twice for COVID-19 (Reuters, 05.01.2021). Non-essential travel restricted to 15-kilometer radius in COVID-19 hot spots (Reuters , 05.01.2021). Federal, state governments set to extend COVID-19 lockdown until 31 January (Reuters, 04.01.2021). Russian authorities allow limited flights to Germany (Republic World, 26.12.2020). German government bans passenger flights from U.K. and South Africa through 6 January, prohibits travel by rail, bus and ship (AP, 22.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a high-risk area. The Robert Koch Institute provides a list of international risk areas, which is updated regularly.

    A country or area is defined as “high-risk” when there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 people over the last seven days.

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last ten days before entry, are obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the testing and quarantine regulations obligations of the competent Federal State.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality. Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    More information on travel restrictions and regulations for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are available at the Federal Foreign Office website. Also, see the FAQ regarding corona testing and quarantine in Germany.

    Find out more:
    Federal Foreign Office

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    The German Government has banned all air passenger flights between the United Kingdom and Germany from midnight on Sunday 20 December to midnight on 6 January. German nationals/residents will be able to arrive from 1 January. Travellers should consult their airline operator before travelling.

    See also:
    Commission adopts Recommendation on EU coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to a new variant of coronavirus in the UK (22 December 2020)

    ____________________

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Uruguay. Once the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed, the list will also include: Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Macao SARs of the People’s Republic of China.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: From 16 December to 10 January, there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • with exceptions over Christmas, private gatherings are restricted to five people from up to two households up until 10 January. This does not include children aged 14 or under;
    • non-essential shops are closed. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open;
    • personal care service providers such as barbers, hairdressers, tattoo and massage parlours etc. will be closed. Physiotherapy and similar services are allowed;
    • schools and nurseries will largely be closed from 16 December to 10 January;
    • employers are urged to allow employees to work from home Restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public will be banned;
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned;
    Mouth-nose coverings are compulsory in many public spaces in Germany. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will be reviewed on 5 January and may be extended beyond 10 January.

    Read more
    05.01.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Russian authorities allow limited flights to Germany (Republic World, 26.12.2020). German government bans passenger flights from U.K. and South Africa through 6 January, prohibits travel by rail, bus and ship (AP, 22.12.2020). Germany, Italy, Switzerland: All cross-border rail service between Italy, Switzerland will be halted from 10 December; long-distance trains between Milan, Frankfurt also affected (Reuters, 08.12.2020) Government will extend COVID-19 restrictions until 10 January (Reuters, 12.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a high-risk area. The Robert Koch Institute provides a list of international risk areas, which is updated regularly.

    A country or area is defined as “high-risk” when there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 people over the last seven days.

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last ten days before entry, are obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the testing and quarantine regulations obligations of the competent Federal State.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality. Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    More information on travel restrictions and regulations for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are available at the Federal Foreign Office website. Also, see the FAQ regarding corona testing and quarantine in Germany.

    Find out more:
    Federal Foreign Office

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    The German Government has banned all air passenger flights between the United Kingdom and Germany from midnight on Sunday 20 December to midnight on 6 January. German nationals/residents will be able to arrive from 1 January. Travellers should consult their airline operator before travelling.

    See also:
    Commission adopts Recommendation on EU coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to a new variant of coronavirus in the UK (22 December 2020)

    ____________________

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Uruguay. Once the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed, the list will also include: Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Macao SARs of the People’s Republic of China.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: From 16 December to 10 January, there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • with exceptions over Christmas, private gatherings are restricted to five people from up to two households up until 10 January. This does not include children aged 14 or under;
    • non-essential shops are closed. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open;
    • personal care service providers such as barbers, hairdressers, tattoo and massage parlours etc. will be closed. Physiotherapy and similar services are allowed;
    • schools and nurseries will largely be closed from 16 December to 10 January;
    • employers are urged to allow employees to work from home Restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public will be banned;
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned;
    Mouth-nose coverings are compulsory in many public spaces in Germany. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will be reviewed on 5 January and may be extended beyond 10 January.

    Read more
    04.01.2021
  • Germany Latest News: Russian authorities allow limited flights to Germany (Republic World, 26.12.2020). German government bans passenger flights from U.K. and South Africa through 6 January, prohibits travel by rail, bus and ship (AP, 22.12.2020). Germany, Italy, Switzerland: All cross-border rail service between Italy, Switzerland will be halted from 10 December; long-distance trains between Milan, Frankfurt also affected (Reuters, 08.12.2020) Government will extend COVID-19 restrictions until 10 January (Reuters, 12.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Specific measures for the new variant of coronavirus

    The German Government has banned all air passenger flights between the United Kingdom and Germany from midnight on Sunday 20 December to midnight on 6 January. German nationals/residents will be able to arrive from 1 January. Travellers should consult their airline operator before travelling.

    See also:
    Commission adopts Recommendation on EU coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to a new variant of coronavirus in the UK (22 December 2020)

    ____________________

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a high-risk area. The Robert Koch Institute provides a list of international risk areas, which is updated regularly.

    A country or area is defined as “high-risk” when there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 people over the last seven days.

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last ten days before entry, are obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the testing and quarantine regulations obligations of the competent Federal State.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality. Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    More information on travel restrictions and regulations for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are available at the Federal Foreign Office website. Also, see the FAQ regarding corona testing and quarantine in Germany.

    Find out more:
    Federal Foreign Office

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Uruguay. Once the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed, the list will also include: Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Macao SARs of the People’s Republic of China.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: From 16 December to 10 January, there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19:
    • with exceptions over Christmas, private gatherings are restricted to five people from up to two households up until 10 January. This does not include children aged 14 or under;
    • non-essential shops are closed. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open;
    • personal care service providers such as barbers, hairdressers, tattoo and massage parlours etc. will be closed. Physiotherapy and similar services are allowed;
    • schools and nurseries will largely be closed from 16 December to 10 January;
    • employers are urged to allow employees to work from home Restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public will be banned;
    • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned;
    Mouth-nose coverings are compulsory in many public spaces in Germany. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will be reviewed on 5 January and may be extended beyond 10 January.

    Read more
    30.12.2020
  • Germany Latest News: Russian authorities allow limited flights to Germany (Republic World, 26.12.2020). German government bans passenger flights from U.K. and South Africa through 6 January, prohibits travel by rail, bus and ship (AP, 22.12.2020). Germany, Italy, Switzerland: All cross-border rail service between Italy, Switzerland will be halted from 10 December; long-distance trains between Milan, Frankfurt also affected (Reuters, 08.12.2020) Government will extend COVID-19 restrictions until 10 January (Reuters, 12.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Specific measures for the new variant of coronavirus

    The German Government has banned all air passenger flights between the United Kingdom and Germany from midnight on Sunday 20 December to midnight on 6 January. German nationals/residents will be able to arrive from 1 January. Travellers should consult their airline operator before travelling.

    See also:
    Commission adopts Recommendation on EU coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to a new variant of coronavirus in the UK (22 December 2020)

    ____________________

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as a high-risk area. The Robert Koch Institute provides a list of international risk areas, which is updated regularly.

    A country or area is defined as “high-risk” when there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 people over the last seven days.

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last ten days before entry, are obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the testing and quarantine regulations obligations of the competent Federal State.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality. Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    More information on travel restrictions and regulations for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are available at the Federal Foreign Office website. Also, see the FAQ regarding corona testing and quarantine in Germany.

    Find out more:
    Federal Foreign Office

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Uruguay. Once the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed, the list will also include: Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Macao SARs of the People’s Republic of China.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: From 16 December to 10 January, there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19: • with exceptions over Christmas, private gatherings are restricted to five people from up to two households up until 10 January. This does not include children aged 14 or under • between 24-26 December up to five households can meet. However, these five households must be close family members: spouses, partners in a long-term relationship, and first line relatives such as siblings and siblings’ children. Children aged 14 or under are not included in the total and there is no fixed cap on adult numbers provided they are relatives • non-essential shops are set to close from 16 December to 10 January. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open • personal care service providers such as barbers, hairdressers, tattoo and massage parlours etc. will be closed. Physiotherapy and similar services are allowed • schools and nurseries will largely be closed from 16 December to 10 January • employers are urged to allow employees to work from home Restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public will be banned • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned. Mouth-nose coverings are compulsory in many public spaces in Germany. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will be reviewed on 5 January and may be extended beyond 10 January.

    Read more
    28.12.2020
  • Germany Latest News: German government bans passenger flights from U.K. and South Africa through 6 January, prohibits travel by rail, bus and ship (AP, 22.12.2020). Germany, Italy, Switzerland: All cross-border rail service between Italy, Switzerland will be halted from 10 December; long-distance trains between Milan, Frankfurt also affected (Reuters, 08.12.2020) Government will extend COVID-19 restrictions until 10 January (Reuters, 12.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as high-risk area. The Robert Koch Institute provides a list of international risk areas, which is updated regularly.

    A country or area is defined as “high-risk” when there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 people over the last seven days.

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last ten days before entry, are obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the testing and quarantine regulations obligations of the competent Federal State.

    The German Government has banned all air passenger flights between the United Kingdom and Germany from midnight on Sunday 20 December to midnight on 6 January. German nationals/residents will be able to arrive from 1 January. Travellers should consult their airline operator before traveling.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality. Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    More information on travel restrictions and regulations for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are available at the Federal Foreign Office website. Also, see the FAQ regarding corona testing and quarantine in Germany.

    Find out more:

    Federal Foreign Office

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Uruguay. Once the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed, the list will also include: Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Macao SARs of the People’s Republic of China.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: From 16 December to 10 January, there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19: • with exceptions over Christmas, private gatherings are restricted to five people from up to two households up until 10 January. This does not include children aged 14 or under • between 24-26 December up to five households can meet. However, these five households must be close family members: spouses, partners in a long-term relationship, and first line relatives such as siblings and siblings’ children. Children aged 14 or under are not included in the total and there is no fixed cap on adult numbers provided they are relatives • non-essential shops are set to close from 16 December to 10 January. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open • personal care service providers such as barbers, hairdressers, tattoo and massage parlours etc. will be closed. Physiotherapy and similar services are allowed • schools and nurseries will largely be closed from 16 December to 10 January • employers are urged to allow employees to work from home Restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public will be banned • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned. Mouth-nose coverings are compulsory in many public spaces in Germany. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will be reviewed on 5 January and may be extended beyond 10 January.

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    24.12.2020
  • Germany Latest News: German government bans passenger flights from U.K. and South Africa through 6 January, prohibits travel by rail, bus and ship (AP, 22.12.2020). Germany, Italy, Switzerland: All cross-border rail service between Italy, Switzerland will be halted from 10 December; long-distance trains between Milan, Frankfurt also affected (Reuters, 08.12.2020) Government will extend COVID-19 restrictions until 10 January (Reuters, 12.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions unless a country or region is defined as high-risk area. The Robert Koch Institute provides a list of international risk areas, which is updated regularly.

    A country or area is defined as “high-risk” when there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 people over the last seven days.

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last ten days before entry, are obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the testing and quarantine regulations obligations of the competent Federal State.

    The German Government has banned all air passenger flights between the UK and Germany from midnight on Sunday 20 December to midnight on Thursday 31 December. Travellers should consult their airline operator before traveling.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality. Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    More information on travel restrictions and regulations for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are available at the Federal Foreign Office website. Also, see the FAQ regarding corona testing and quarantine in Germany.

    Find out more:

    Federal Foreign Office

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Uruguay. Once the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed, the list will also include: Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Macao SARs of the People’s Republic of China.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: From 16 December to 10 January, there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19: • with exceptions over Christmas, private gatherings are restricted to five people from up to two households up until 10 January. This does not include children aged 14 or under • between 24-26 December up to five households can meet. However, these five households must be close family members: spouses, partners in a long-term relationship, and first line relatives such as siblings and siblings’ children. Children aged 14 or under are not included in the total and there is no fixed cap on adult numbers provided they are relatives • non-essential shops are set to close from 16 December to 10 January. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open • personal care service providers such as barbers, hairdressers, tattoo and massage parlours etc. will be closed. Physiotherapy and similar services are allowed • schools and nurseries will largely be closed from 16 December to 10 January • employers are urged to allow employees to work from home Restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public will be banned • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned. Mouth-nose coverings are compulsory in many public spaces in Germany. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will be reviewed on 5 January and may be extended beyond 10 January.

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    22.12.2020
  • Germany Latest News: German government halts all passenger flights from U.K. and South Africa because of COVID-19 concerns (DW, 20.12.2020). Germany, Italy, Switzerland: All cross-border rail service between Italy, Switzerland will be halted from 10 December; long-distance trains between Milan, Frankfurt also affected (Reuters, 08.12.2020) Government will extend COVID-19 restrictions until 10 January (Reuters, 12.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as high risk area. The Robert Koch Institute provides a list of international risk areas, which is updated regularly.

    A country or an area is defined as “high-risk” when there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 people over the last seven days.

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last ten days before entry, are obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the testing and quarantine regulations obligations of the competent Federal State.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality. Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    More information on travel restrictions and regulations for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are available at the Federal Foreign Office website. Also see the FAQ regarding corona testing and quarantine in Germany.

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    Find out more

    Federal Foreign Office

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Uruguay. Once the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed, the list will also include: Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Macao SARs of the People’s Republic of China.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: From 16 December to 10 January, there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19: • with exceptions over Christmas, private gatherings are restricted to five people from up to two households up until 10 January. This does not include children aged 14 or under • between 24-26 December up to five households can meet. However, these five households must be close family members: spouses, partners in a long-term relationship, and first line relatives such as siblings and siblings’ children. Children aged 14 or under are not included in the total and there is no fixed cap on adult numbers provided they are relatives • non-essential shops are set to close from 16 December to 10 January. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open • personal care service providers such as barbers, hairdressers, tattoo and massage parlours etc. will be closed. Physiotherapy and similar services are allowed • schools and nurseries will largely be closed from 16 December to 10 January • employers are urged to allow employees to work from home Restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public will be banned • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned. Mouth-nose coverings are compulsory in many public spaces in Germany. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will be reviewed on 5 January and may be extended beyond 10 January.

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    18.12.2020
  • Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel said she and the governors of Germany’s 16 states agreed Sunday to step up the country’s lockdown measures beginning Wednesday and lasting until January 10 to stop the country’s exponential rise of COVID-19 cases.

    “We are forced to act and we’re acting,” Merkel told reporters in Berlin, noting that existing restrictions imposed in November had failed to significantly reduce the number of new infections.

    Starting Wednesday, schools nationwide will be closed or switch to home schooling; most non-food stores will be shuttered, as will businesses such as hairdressers that have so far been allowed to remain open. Restaurant takeout will still be permitted, but no eating or drinking can take place on site.

    With the exception of Christmas, the number of people allowed to meet indoors will remain restricted to five, not including children under 14.

    The sale of fireworks traditionally used to celebrate New Year’s will also be banned, as will public outdoor gatherings on New Year’s Eve.

    Bavaria’s governor, Markus Soeder, said the ban on fireworks followed appeals from hospitals, which said they wouldn’t be able to treat the large number of serious injuries that result every year from mishandled explosives.
    CBSnews.com

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    15.12.2020
  • Germany Latest News: Germany, Italy, Switzerland: All cross-border rail service between Italy, Switzerland will be halted from 10 December; long-distance trains between Milan, Frankfurt also affected (Reuters, 08.12.2020) Government will extend COVID-19 restrictions until 10 January (Reuters, 12.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as high risk area. The Robert Koch Institute provides a list of international risk areas, which is updated regularly.

    A country or an area is defined as “high-risk” when there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 people over the last seven days.

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last ten days before entry, are obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the testing and quarantine regulations obligations of the competent Federal State.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality. Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    More information on travel restrictions and regulations for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are available at the Federal Foreign Office website. Also see the FAQ regarding corona testing and quarantine in Germany.

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No special documentation is required.

    Find out more

    Federal Foreign Office

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Uruguay. Once the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed, the list will also include: Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Macao SARs of the People’s Republic of China.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: From 16 December to 10 January, there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19: • with exceptions over Christmas, private gatherings are restricted to five people from up to two households up until 10 January. This does not include children aged 14 or under • between 24-26 December up to five households can meet. However, these five households must be close family members: spouses, partners in a long-term relationship, and first line relatives such as siblings and siblings’ children. Children aged 14 or under are not included in the total and there is no fixed cap on adult numbers provided they are relatives • non-essential shops are set to close from 16 December to 10 January. Shops selling food and healthcare products will remain open • personal care service providers such as barbers, hairdressers, tattoo and massage parlours etc. will be closed. Physiotherapy and similar services are allowed • schools and nurseries will largely be closed from 16 December to 10 January • employers are urged to allow employees to work from home Restaurants will be able to provide a takeaway service, but the consumption of alcohol in public will be banned • services at churches, mosques and synagogues continue to be allowed as long as 1.5m distancing is maintained, mouth-nose coverings are worn and singing is banned. Mouth-nose coverings are compulsory in many public spaces in Germany. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English. These measures will be reviewed on 5 January and may be extended beyond 10 January.

    Read more
    14.12.2020
  • Germany Latest News: Germany, Italy, Switzerland: All cross-border rail service between Italy, Switzerland will be halted from 10 December; long-distance trains between Milan, Frankfurt also affected (Reuters, 08.12.2020) Government will extend COVID-19 restrictions until 10 January (Reuters, 12.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as high risk area. The Robert Koch Institute provides a list of international risk areas, which is updated regularly.

    A country or an area is defined as “high-risk” when there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 people over the last seven days.

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last ten days before entry, are obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the testing and quarantine regulations obligations of the competent Federal State.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality. Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    More information on travel restrictions and regulations for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are available at the Federal Foreign Office website. Also see the FAQ regarding corona testing and quarantine in Germany.

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No special documentation is required.

    Find out more

    Federal Foreign Office

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third-country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with Annex I or II of the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination).

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may also enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). A printout of the current national regulations in place in the country of destination implementing Annex I of the Council Recommendation may be presented to meet condition (2). It must be clear from the text that residents of certain countries are not required to provide proof of the reason for travel to the country of destination. If this is not possible, then evidence must be provided of the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II of the Council Recommendation. Germany’s border control officials will only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany. Alternatively, the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. 

    Nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) may enter Germany to travel to a third country if the following conditions are met:

    1. the traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;
    2. the traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country, if applicable.

    The third-country national must provide evidence on entry that the conditions (1) and (2) listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet condition (1). To meet condition (2), travellers can present authorisation of entry to the country of destination (e.g. a visa) or an identity document or residence authorisation for the country of destination, for example.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Uruguay. Once the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed, the list will also include: Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Macao SARs of the People’s Republic of China.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions: Public spaces and services. From 2 November, there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19: • Individuals will only be able to gather with members of their own and one additional household up to 10 people. • Beauty salons, tattoo salons, massage parlours are closed. Barbers and hairdressers remain open. • Non-essential shops remain open, as long as there is at least 10m per between customers. • Overnight stays in hotels etc. only when necessary and not for tourism. • Theatres, operas, concert halls are closed. • Trade fairs, cinemas, theme parks, gambling venues are closed. • Amateur sport in private and public venues such as tracks, swimming pools, fitness studios is prohibited. • Restaurants, bars, clubs, discos, pubs etc. are closed; food delivery and take-away is allowed. • Employers are encouraged to allow employees to work from home where possible. Schools and nurseries remain open. Mouth-nose coverings are compulsory in many public spaces in Germany. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English.

    Read more
    08.12.2020
  • Germany Latest News: Government will extend COVID-19 restrictions until 10 January (Reuters, 12.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as high risk area. The Robert Koch Institute provides a list of international risk areas, which is updated regularly.

    A country or an area is defined as “high-risk” when there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 people over the last seven days.

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 14 days before entry, are obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the testing and quarantine regulations obligations of the competent Federal State.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality. Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    More information on travel restrictions and regulations for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are available at the Federal Foreign Office website. Also see the FAQ regarding corona testing and quarantine in Germany.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No special documentation is required.

    Find out more…

    Federal Foreign Office

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state, or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination, if the following conditions are met:

    – There are no reasonable direct routes to the country of destination;

    – The traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;

    – The traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with the updated list published by the Council or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination);

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet conditions (1) and (2). To meet condition (3), the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination (or another transit country) certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. Such a document is necessary in particular if the third-country national does not meet the requirements for entering Germany but does meet the entry requirements of the country of destination (or, if applicable, of another transit country). Germany’s border control officials only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, Canada, Georgia, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay

    This list will include Japan, South Korea, and China as soon as the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions: Public spaces and services. From 2 November, there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19: • Individuals will only be able to gather with members of their own and one additional household up to 10 people. • Beauty salons, tattoo salons, massage parlours are closed. Barbers and hairdressers remain open. • Non-essential shops remain open, as long as there is at least 10m per between customers. • Overnight stays in hotels etc. only when necessary and not for tourism. • Theatres, operas, concert halls are closed. • Trade fairs, cinemas, theme parks, gambling venues are closed. • Amateur sport in private and public venues such as tracks, swimming pools, fitness studios is prohibited. • Restaurants, bars, clubs, discos, pubs etc. are closed; food delivery and take-away is allowed. • Employers are encouraged to allow employees to work from home where possible. Schools and nurseries remain open. Mouth-nose coverings are compulsory in many public spaces in Germany. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English.

    Read more
    04.12.2020
  • Germany Latest News: Government says COVID-19 restrictions likely to continue in January 2021 (Reuters, 26.11.2020). Munich Airport Closes Terminal 1 (Frequesnt Business Traveller, 20.11.2020). Berlin Tegel Airport closes; all air traffic in capital region will be concentrated at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (Focus On Travel News, 10.11.2020). Germany adds U.K to travel quarantine list (Sky News,05.11.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as high risk area. The Robert Koch Institute provides a list of international risk areas, which is updated regularly.

    A country or an area is defined as “high-risk” when there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 people over the last seven days.

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 14 days before entry, are obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the testing and quarantine regulations obligations of the competent Federal State.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality. Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    More information on travel restrictions and regulations for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are available at the Federal Foreign Office website. Also see the FAQ regarding corona testing and quarantine in Germany.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No special documentation is required.

    Find out more…

    Federal Foreign Office

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state, or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination, if the following conditions are met:

    – There are no reasonable direct routes to the country of destination;

    – The traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;

    – The traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with the updated list published by the Council or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination);

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet conditions (1) and (2). To meet condition (3), the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination (or another transit country) certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. Such a document is necessary in particular if the third-country national does not meet the requirements for entering Germany but does meet the entry requirements of the country of destination (or, if applicable, of another transit country). Germany’s border control officials only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, Canada, Georgia, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay

    This list will include Japan, South Korea, and China as soon as the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions: Public spaces and services. From 2 November, there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19: • Individuals will only be able to gather with members of their own and one additional household up to 10 people. • Beauty salons, tattoo salons, massage parlours are closed. Barbers and hairdressers remain open. • Non-essential shops remain open, as long as there is at least 10m per between customers. • Overnight stays in hotels etc. only when necessary and not for tourism. • Theatres, operas, concert halls are closed. • Trade fairs, cinemas, theme parks, gambling venues are closed. • Amateur sport in private and public venues such as tracks, swimming pools, fitness studios is prohibited. • Restaurants, bars, clubs, discos, pubs etc. are closed; food delivery and take-away is allowed. • Employers are encouraged to allow employees to work from home where possible. Schools and nurseries remain open. Mouth-nose coverings are compulsory in many public spaces in Germany. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English.

    Read more
    01.12.2020
  • Germany Latest News: Government says COVID-19 restrictions likely to continue in January 2021 (Reuters, 26.11.2020). Munich Airport Closes Terminal 1 (Frequesnt Business Traveller, 20.11.2020). Berlin Tegel Airport closes; all air traffic in capital region will be concentrated at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (Focus On Travel News, 10.11.2020). Germany adds U.K to travel quarantine list (Sky News,05.11.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as high risk area. The Robert Koch Institute provides a list of international risk areas, which is updated regularly.

    A country or an area is defined as “high-risk” when there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 people over the last seven days.

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 14 days before entry, are obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the testing and quarantine regulations obligations of the competent Federal State.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality. Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    More information on travel restrictions and regulations for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are available at the Federal Foreign Office website. Also see the FAQ regarding corona testing and quarantine in Germany.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No special documentation is required.

    Find out more…

    Federal Foreign Office

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state, or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination, if the following conditions are met:

    – There are no reasonable direct routes to the country of destination;

    – The traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;

    – The traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with the updated list published by the Council or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination);

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet conditions (1) and (2). To meet condition (3), the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination (or another transit country) certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. Such a document is necessary in particular if the third-country national does not meet the requirements for entering Germany but does meet the entry requirements of the country of destination (or, if applicable, of another transit country). Germany’s border control officials only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, Canada, Georgia, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay

    This list will include Japan, South Korea, and China as soon as the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions: Public spaces and services. From 2 November, there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19: • Individuals will only be able to gather with members of their own and one additional household up to 10 people. • Beauty salons, tattoo salons, massage parlours are closed. Barbers and hairdressers remain open. • Non-essential shops remain open, as long as there is at least 10m per between customers. • Overnight stays in hotels etc. only when necessary and not for tourism. • Theatres, operas, concert halls are closed. • Trade fairs, cinemas, theme parks, gambling venues are closed. • Amateur sport in private and public venues such as tracks, swimming pools, fitness studios is prohibited. • Restaurants, bars, clubs, discos, pubs etc. are closed; food delivery and take-away is allowed. • Employers are encouraged to allow employees to work from home where possible. Schools and nurseries remain open. Mouth-nose coverings are compulsory in many public spaces in Germany. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English.

    Read more
    27.11.2020
  • Germany Latest News: Government to extend partial lockdown until 20 December (Reuters,25.11.2020). Munich Airport Closes Terminal 1 (Frequesnt Business Traveller, 20.11.2020). Berlin Tegel Airport closes; all air traffic in capital region will be concentrated at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (Focus On Travel News, 10.11.2020). Germany adds U.K to travel quarantine list (Sky News,05.11.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as high risk area. The Robert Koch Institute provides a list of international risk areas, which is updated regularly.

    A country or an area is defined as “high-risk” when there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 people over the last seven days.

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 14 days before entry, are obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the testing and quarantine regulations obligations of the competent Federal State.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality. Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    More information on travel restrictions and regulations for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are available at the Federal Foreign Office website. Also see the FAQ regarding corona testing and quarantine in Germany.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No special documentation is required.

    Find out more…

    Federal Foreign Office

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state, or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination, if the following conditions are met:

    – There are no reasonable direct routes to the country of destination;

    – The traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;

    – The traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with the updated list published by the Council or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination);

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet conditions (1) and (2). To meet condition (3), the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination (or another transit country) certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. Such a document is necessary in particular if the third-country national does not meet the requirements for entering Germany but does meet the entry requirements of the country of destination (or, if applicable, of another transit country). Germany’s border control officials only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, Canada, Georgia, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay

    This list will include Japan, South Korea, and China as soon as the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions: Public spaces and services. From 2 November, there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19: • Individuals will only be able to gather with members of their own and one additional household up to 10 people. • Beauty salons, tattoo salons, massage parlours are closed. Barbers and hairdressers remain open. • Non-essential shops remain open, as long as there is at least 10m per between customers. • Overnight stays in hotels etc. only when necessary and not for tourism. • Theatres, operas, concert halls are closed. • Trade fairs, cinemas, theme parks, gambling venues are closed. • Amateur sport in private and public venues such as tracks, swimming pools, fitness studios is prohibited. • Restaurants, bars, clubs, discos, pubs etc. are closed; food delivery and take-away is allowed. • Employers are encouraged to allow employees to work from home where possible. Schools and nurseries remain open. Mouth-nose coverings are compulsory in many public spaces in Germany. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English.

    Read more
    25.11.2020
  • Germany Latest News: Munich Airport Closes Terminal 1 (Frequesnt Business Traveller, 20.11.2020). Berlin Tegel Airport closes; all air traffic in capital region will be concentrated at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (Focus On Travel News, 10.11.2020). Germany adds U.K to travel quarantine list (Sky News,05.11.2020) Nationwide lockdown expected to start on 2 November because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 28.10.2020). Turkey: Germany extends its travel warning for whole country from 9 November (Reuters, 28.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as high risk area. The Robert Koch Institute provides a list of international risk areas, which is updated regularly.

    A country or an area is defined as “high-risk” when there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 people over the last seven days.

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 14 days before entry, are obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the testing and quarantine regulations obligations of the competent Federal State.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality. Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    More information on travel restrictions and regulations for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are available at the Federal Foreign Office website. Also see the FAQ regarding corona testing and quarantine in Germany.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No special documentation is required.

    Find out more…

    Federal Foreign Office

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state, or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination, if the following conditions are met:

    – There are no reasonable direct routes to the country of destination;

    – The traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;

    – The traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with the updated list published by the Council or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination);

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet conditions (1) and (2). To meet condition (3), the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination (or another transit country) certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. Such a document is necessary in particular if the third-country national does not meet the requirements for entering Germany but does meet the entry requirements of the country of destination (or, if applicable, of another transit country). Germany’s border control officials only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, Canada, Georgia, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay

    This list will include Japan, South Korea, and China as soon as the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions: Public spaces and services. From 2 November, there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19: • Individuals will only be able to gather with members of their own and one additional household up to 10 people. • Beauty salons, tattoo salons, massage parlours are closed. Barbers and hairdressers remain open. • Non-essential shops remain open, as long as there is at least 10m per between customers. • Overnight stays in hotels etc. only when necessary and not for tourism. • Theatres, operas, concert halls are closed. • Trade fairs, cinemas, theme parks, gambling venues are closed. • Amateur sport in private and public venues such as tracks, swimming pools, fitness studios is prohibited. • Restaurants, bars, clubs, discos, pubs etc. are closed; food delivery and take-away is allowed. • Employers are encouraged to allow employees to work from home where possible. Schools and nurseries remain open. Mouth-nose coverings are compulsory in many public spaces in Germany. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English.

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    23.11.2020
  • Germany Latest News: Munich Airport Closes Terminal 1 (Frequesnt Business Traveller, 20.11.2020). Berlin Tegel Airport closes; all air traffic in capital region will be concentrated at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (Focus On Travel News, 10.11.2020). Germany adds U.K to travel quarantine list (Sky News,05.11.2020) Nationwide lockdown expected to start on 2 November because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 28.10.2020). Turkey: Germany extends its travel warning for whole country from 9 November (Reuters, 28.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as high risk area. The Robert Koch Institute provides a list of international risk areas, which is updated regularly.

    A country or an area is defined as “high-risk” when there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 people over the last seven days.

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 14 days before entry, are obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the testing and quarantine regulations obligations of the competent Federal State.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality. Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    More information on travel restrictions and regulations for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are available at the Federal Foreign Office website. Also see the FAQ regarding corona testing and quarantine in Germany.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No special documentation is required.

    Find out more…

    Federal Foreign Office

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state, or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination, if the following conditions are met:

    – There are no reasonable direct routes to the country of destination;

    – The traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;

    – The traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with the updated list published by the Council or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination);

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet conditions (1) and (2). To meet condition (3), the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination (or another transit country) certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. Such a document is necessary in particular if the third-country national does not meet the requirements for entering Germany but does meet the entry requirements of the country of destination (or, if applicable, of another transit country). Germany’s border control officials only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, Canada, Georgia, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay

    This list will include Japan, South Korea, and China as soon as the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions: Public spaces and services. From 2 November, there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19: • Individuals will only be able to gather with members of their own and one additional household up to 10 people. • Beauty salons, tattoo salons, massage parlours are closed. Barbers and hairdressers remain open. • Non-essential shops remain open, as long as there is at least 10m per between customers. • Overnight stays in hotels etc. only when necessary and not for tourism. • Theatres, operas, concert halls are closed. • Trade fairs, cinemas, theme parks, gambling venues are closed. • Amateur sport in private and public venues such as tracks, swimming pools, fitness studios is prohibited. • Restaurants, bars, clubs, discos, pubs etc. are closed; food delivery and take-away is allowed. • Employers are encouraged to allow employees to work from home where possible. Schools and nurseries remain open. Mouth-nose coverings are compulsory in many public spaces in Germany. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English.

    Read more
    19.11.2020
  • Germany Latest News: Berlin Tegel Airport closes; all air traffic in capital region will be concentrated at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (Focus On Travel News, 10.11.2020). Germany adds U.K to travel quarantine list (Sky News,05.11.2020) Nationwide lockdown expected to start on 2 November because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 28.10.2020). Turkey: Germany extends its travel warning for whole country from 9 November (Reuters, 28.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as high risk area. The Robert Koch Institute provides a list of international risk areas, which is updated regularly.

    A country or an area is defined as “high-risk” when there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 people over the last seven days.

    Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, who have been in a risk area at any time within the last 14 days before entry, are obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the testing and quarantine regulations obligations of the competent Federal State.

    The entry rule is based on the country from which the traveller is coming from, and not on nationality. Specific rules for Unmarried partners from third countries are available.

    More information on travel restrictions and regulations for quarantine and COVID-19 tests are available at the Federal Foreign Office website. Also see the FAQ regarding corona testing and quarantine in Germany.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No special documentation is required.

    Find out more…

    Federal Foreign Office

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Third country nationals may enter Germany to travel to another EU member state, another Schengen member state, or the United Kingdom as their country of final destination, if the following conditions are met:

    – There are no reasonable direct routes to the country of destination;

    – The traveller remains in Germany (as country of transit) only as long as absolutely necessary to travel directly to the country of destination or another transit country;

    – The traveller is permitted to enter the country of destination or another transit country (in accordance with the updated list published by the Council or with individual confirmation of permission to enter issued by the country of destination);

    Under these conditions, third-country nationals may enter Germany by air and travel overland to their country of destination.

    The third-country national must provide evidence that the conditions listed above have been met. Airline or other travel tickets, etc. may be presented to meet conditions (1) and (2). To meet condition (3), the traveller may present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination (or another transit country) certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted. Such a document is necessary in particular if the third-country national does not meet the requirements for entering Germany but does meet the entry requirements of the country of destination (or, if applicable, of another transit country). Germany’s border control officials only check for compliance with the requirements for entering Germany.

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

    More information is available at Coronavirus and entry restrictions.

    Latest information in German

    *From Third Countries:

    Germany lifted the restrictions on travel for residents of the following third countries:

    Australia, Canada, Georgia, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay

    This list will include Japan, South Korea, and China as soon as the possibility of mutual entry is confirmed.

    For all persons residing in a third country that is not included in the above list, the current restrictions on travel continue to apply. These persons may enter Germany only if there is an urgent need for their travel. Please see more information on what constitutes an urgent need for entry.

    The restrictions do not apply to German citizens. Also, citizens and family members (spouse, unmarried minor children, parents of minors) of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries are exempted from the travel restrictions. The same applies to third-country nationals who already have a longer-term right of residence in an EU member state or a Schengen country or the United Kingdom (residence permit or long-term visa) and the members of their family.

    Unmarried partners may enter Germany from third countries that are not included in the above list, for short-term visits to the partner living in Germany when the general entry requirements (passport and visa, if applicable) are met, under the condition that the couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once, or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. See declaration of the existence of the relationship.

    Provided that the general entry requirements are met, unmarried couples travelling together may enter Germany for short-term visits for urgent reasons from third countries that are not included in the above list:

    • their relationship is a long-term relationship between a third-country national and a German, or EU+ citizen or national and
    • the couple has a shared residence abroad and there is an important reason for both partners to enter Germany. This is generally the case for births, weddings, bereavements/funerals or other exceptional cases in which there is an urgent family reason (e.g. serious illness of a first- or second-degree relative who therefore urgently needs help).

    The urgent reason for the joint entry of both partners is to be submitted in writing on entering Germany, together with a declaration of the existence of the relationship. Additional documentation such as photos, social media posts, postal/email correspondence may also be provided.

    The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. All travellers must additionally follow the quarantine rules of the relevant federal state of Germany.

    Internal Restrictions: Public spaces and services. From 2 November, there will be a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19: • Individuals will only be able to gather with members of their own and one additional household up to 10 people. • Beauty salons, tattoo salons, massage parlours are closed. Barbers and hairdressers remain open. • Non-essential shops remain open, as long as there is at least 10m per between customers. • Overnight stays in hotels etc. only when necessary and not for tourism. • Theatres, operas, concert halls are closed. • Trade fairs, cinemas, theme parks, gambling venues are closed. • Amateur sport in private and public venues such as tracks, swimming pools, fitness studios is prohibited. • Restaurants, bars, clubs, discos, pubs etc. are closed; food delivery and take-away is allowed. • Employers are encouraged to allow employees to work from home where possible. Schools and nurseries remain open. Mouth-nose coverings are compulsory in many public spaces in Germany. These restrictions are the minimum and are implemented by Germany’s 16 states. The rules may vary so check the latest local guidance (in German). There are a variety of sources in English.

    Read more
    17.11.2020
  • Germany Latest News: Berlin Tegel Airport closes; all air traffic in capital region will be concentrated at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (Focus On Travel News, 10