Current regulations for entry into the Federal Republic of Germany
In connection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the infectious disease Covid-19, extended regulations apply for entry into Germany.
- All passengers aged six years and older entering Germany on flights from high-risk, high-variant and non-risk areas since 00:00 on Tuesday, March 30, must present a negative Covid-19 test upon departure. 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.
- A Covid-19 test must be taken no more than 48 hours before arrival in Germany and is checked by the airlines, for example Lufthansa, before departure.
- Carriage is not possible without negative proof of testing.
- It is generally the traveller's responsibility to find out about current local regulations, such as exit restrictions, and to secure their compliance.
Classification of virus variant areas
The regulations refer to regions classified by the Robert Koch Institute as risk areas, high-risk areas and virus variant areas. The Robert Koch Institute divides the risk areas into three risk levels, for which different obligations apply.
You can find out about the current classification of all countries and regions at any time on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.
Entry regulations according to risk levels
Overview of entry regulations for passengers arriving in Germany
high risk areas
virus variant areas
|Countries concerned||Classification and overview of risk areas (Robert Koch Institute)||Classification and overview of risk areas (Robert Koch Institute)||Classification and overview of risk areas (Robert Koch Institute)|
|Digital Entry Application (DEA) or substitute message necessary
|Compulsory testing for passengers||Yes, max. 48 hours before entry||Yes, max. 48 hours before entry||Yes, max. 48 hours before entry|
|Prohibition of carriage for the airline||Without valid test certificate||Without valid test certificate||Without valid test certificate|
|Transit / Transfer in Germany (Schengen/Non-Schengen)||Only possible with test max. 48 hours before entry in risk area, without DEA||Only possible with test max. 48 hours before entry in risk area, without DEA
||Only possible with test max. 48 hours before entry in risk area, with DEA|
|Children up to 6 years of age||DEA obligation; exempt from testing obligation||DEA obligation; exempt from testing obligation||DEA obligation; exempt from testing obligation|
|Cross-border commuters/ Border crossers||Cross-border commuters: DEA obligation; exception from testing obligation
Border crossers (up to 24h): exemption from test and DEA obligation
|No exemption from DEA/testing obligation||No exemption from DEA/testing obligation|
|Quarantine obligation*||10 days quarantine with possibility of shortening from day 5; further known exceptions according to national law||10 days quarantine with possibility of shortening from day 5; further known exceptions according to national law||14 days quarantine without the possibility of shortening; further known exceptions according to national law.|
Information on the quarantine obligation
As a general rule, persons entering or returning from a risk area (levels 1 to 3) within the last ten days before entry are obliged to enter a ten-day quarantine immediately after entry.
- A ten-day quarantine is obligatory, when entering from a risk area of levels 1 and 2. From the fifth day after entry, it is possible to be tested again for COVID-19 and to end the quarantine prematurely if the test result is negative. This also applies if a negative test result was already available at or before entry (two-test strategy).
- A 14-day quarantine is obligatory, when entering from a level 3 risk area (virus variant areas). The possibility to end the quarantine early explicitly does not apply to return journeys from virus variant areas due to the longer duration of infection by virus variants.
Important note for exemptions from the quarantine obligation
In the Federal Republic of Germany, the regulations regarding the quarantine obligation (e.g. shortening or exceptions) are the responsibility of the federal states. There may be different regulations and measures in the individual federal states (entry quarantine regulations, e.g. Hesse, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, etc. – German only).
Please check the website of the federal state in which you reside or will be accommodated to find out how the quarantine regulations are actually implemented there.
Complete and valid Covid-19-related entry documents
The obligation to be tested for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus before entry and/or after arrival (depending on the risk area visited) does not only apply in Germany for those entering or returning from foreign risk areas. Almost all destinations have stipulated requirements for Covid-19-related entry documents in their entry regulations. Make sure that yours are correct and complete.
Example: For entering Germany the following specifications have to be met:
- 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.
Please note: Depending on your destination, the requirements, specifications and contents of the entry documents will vary. Please inform yourself about the current entry regulations before your trip.
At many international airports you'll have the option of getting tested for Covid-19. You can find information on the test centres at your departure airport here after entering your departure and destination airports.
If, despite a negative test result, the typical symptoms of an infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, such as fever, dry cough and loss of the sense of taste or smell, occur within ten days of entry, you are obliged in any case to inform your competent authority.
All information without guarantee. The applicable ordinance of the federal state in which the traveller is domiciled or in which the traveller is staying in Germany is decisive.
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