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Updated on 19 Sep 2021

Considering that entry regulations can change at short notice,  we recommend that you start by checking IATA's website  www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm(*) but also seek information on each countries' government websites.
(*) the map is interactive. Click on each country for information about entry regulations.


IN SUMMARY:

  Digital entry notification Negative Test Quarantine
Non-Risk Zones Vaccinated/Recovered No No No
Not Vaccinated No Yes No
Children < 12 years No No No
High Risk Zones Vaccinated/Recovered Yes No No
Not Vaccinated Yes Yes 10 days*
Children < 12 years Yes No 5 days
Zones with Variant Risk Vaccinated/Recovered Yes Yes 14 days**
Not Vaccinated Yes Yes 14 days
Children < 12 years Yes No 14 days

*Shortening possible after 5 days
**Exception: vaccines protect against predominant virus variant.
Overview entry regulation from 1 August 2021. Check HERE

NOTA:
  • Effective at 00:00 of 19SEP, mainland Portugal and the Islands are now considered a "Green Zone". 
  • Each Federal State may adopt specific measures that are more restrictive than those defined centrally, so please consult information from the destination State to observe these measures. 

ONLINE REGISTRATION

Any passenger travelling to Germany, regardless of form of transportation, must provide:

  • The DEA (www.einreiseanmeldung.de), AND
  • A negative test for COVID-19 OR
  • A vaccination certificate, OR
  • A proof of recovery from SARS-COV2

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

Exemptions

Exempted from this registration requirement are persons who:

  • have only passed through a high-risk area or area of variant of concern without a stopover,
  • are only passing through Germany, or
  • in the case of border traffic: persons who have spent less than 24 hours in a high-risk area oder area of variant of concern or are only entering Germany for a period of up to 24 hours.

Additionally, persons entering Germany following a stay in a high-risk area (but not an area of variant of concern) are exempt from this requirement for stays of less than 72 hours to visit close relatives (parents, children), spouses and partners who do not belong to the same household, or for the purpose of shared custody.

 

TESTS/VACCINATION 

When entering Germany, all travellers aged 12 or over must present a negative test result or proof of vaccination or recovery.

Rules applicable by country risk classification for detailed requirements:

  • The test can be submitted on paper or electronic document in German, French, Italian, Spanish or English
  • Passengers that have been at a variant of concern zone during the last 10 days can’t present a vaccination or recovery certificate as alternative to negative test
  • Vaccination certificate: stating the full immunization in German, French, Italian, Spanish or English (only vaccine serums stated in the following list https://www.pei.de/impfstoffe/covid-19 )
  • Proof of recovery from SARS-COV2: proof in German, French, Italian, Spanish or English. The test should have been done by a laboratory via nucleic acid method (PCR, PoC-PCR), not older than 6 months and not sooner than 28 days after recovery

Exceptions:

children under 12yrs


RULES APPLICABLE BY COUNTRY RISK CLASSIFICATION:

As of 1 August 2021, risk areas are only distinguish between two categories: High-risk areas and, areas of variants of concern. The category of “basic” risk area no longer applies

a) Countries outside the risk list

  • No obligation to fill in the DEA
  • Test requirements:
    •  Antigen test performed within the last 48h prior to arrival in Germany OR
    • PCR or POC-PCR test within the last 72h prior to arrival in Germany
  • Test can be replaced by:
    • A vaccination certificate, OR
    • A proof of recovery from SARS-COV2
  • Transit passengers: Passengers transiting via a German airport to a third country or a country in the Schengen area are exempted from presenting the test (or replacement)

b) Countries in the high-risk list and high incidence list

  • Obligation to fill in the DEA (www.einreiseanmeldung.de)
    • NOTE: unless the passengers only passed through a high-risk area without a stopover, or, are only passing thru Germany to change flights, or, for stays of less than 72 hours to visit close relatives (parents, children), spouses and partners who do not belong to the same household, or for the purpose of shared custody.
  • Test requirements:
    • Antigen test performed within the last 48h prior to arrival in Germany OR
    • PCR or POC-PCR test within the last 72h prior to arrival in Germany
  • Test can be replaced by:
    • A vaccination certificate, OR
    • A proof of recovery from SARS-COV2
  • Transit passengers: Passengers transiting via a German airport to a third country or a country in the Schengen area are exempted from presenting the DEA and the test (or test replacement)
  • Quarentine for 10 days


c) Countries in virus variant list (travelling directly or indirectly to Germany)

  • Obligation to fill in the DEA (www.einreiseanmeldung.de)
    • NOTE: unless the passengers are only passing thru Germany to change flights
  • Test requirements (no test replacement permitted)
    • Antigen test performed within the last 24h prior to arrival in Germany OR
    • PCR or POC-PCR test within the last 72h prior to arrival in Germany
  • Transit passengers: Passengers transiting via a German airport to a third country or a country in the Schengen area are exempted from presenting the DEA and the test (or test replacement)
  • Quarentine for 14 days

Travel to Germany is forbidden except for:

  1. Passengers having German nationality and passengers residing and with right of residence in Germany as well as their spouses, partners from the same household and minor children
  2. Passengers transiting a German airport (international area: non-Schengen flight to non-Schengen flight)
  3. Exclusive Cargo, postal or ferry flights
  4. Repatriation of aircrafts and crews
  5. Members of a foreign diplomatic mission or consular office as well as their spouses, partners from the same household and minor children, whose appointment and arrival has been notified to the federal foreign office
  6. Other exceptions may apply (see Coronavirus-Einreiseverordnung (CoronaEinreiseV) - (bundesgesundheitsministerium.de)

Countries classificarion can be found here.

Note: The classification of risk areas may change at any time. Please check immediately before departure if the countries you have stayed in the last 10 days before entering Germany are classified as risk areas.

QUARANTINE

No quarantine need on arrival in Germany only for those vaccinated and recovered from COVID19.

In case of the passenger is not fully immunized or shows proof of recovery from the disease, the passenger must take a test to travel and will have to stay in quarantine for 10 days, with the possibility of ending it earlier but never before the 5th day, in which the pax will have to take another test ;

After a stay in an area of variant ofconcern, travellers must self-isolate for 14 days 

During this quarantine, travellers may not leave the house or flat or receive guests.


MASKS

Passengers on flights to and from German airports are only allowed surgical masks or FFP2 or FFP3 type masks without a valve. The maximum duration of use of the surgical mask is 4 hours, and its replacement should take place after this time.

Masks with valve or made of cloth are not allowed.

 

BOOKING REQUIREMENTS

For travel to and from Germany always add an SSR DOCS with the passenger's data on the PNR.

 


More information:

Q&A: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/faq-tests-einreisende-englisch.html

Country Classification List: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Transport/Archiv_Risikogebiete/EN-Tab.html

Other important information: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirus#3

 

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