Information on Covid-19 testing at German airports
At many German airports, it is possible to be tested for Covid-19. This is usually an RT-PCR test (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction Test), which detects whether there is an acute infection with the Covid-19 virus.
New regulations for persons entering Germany from a risk area
From 11 January 2021, all persons entering Germany from foreign Corona risk areas will be required to provide evidence of
- a negative Covid-19 test or
- documentation of a fully completed vaccination or
- a medical certificate stating that the person has previously been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus at least 21 days and not more than six months ago (proof of immunity).
The test obligation upon entry must be fulfilled within 48 hours before the time of entry or by testing immediately after entry. If you are travelling within Germany, you must take this test at your destination in Germany. If you are travelling outside Germany, you do not have to take the test in Germany. Information on local testing possibilities is available at the airport of destination or from the local authorities.
In addition, a ten-day quarantine obligation continues to apply to travelers entering or returning to Germany from foreign Corona risk areas. It is possible to be tested for Covid-19 five days after entry and to end the quarantine prematurely. This also applies if a negative test was already presented upon entry (Two-test strategy).
The regulation of the quarantine obligation is the responsibility of the individual federal states. Please inquire independently how the quarantine regulation is specifically applied in your federal state.
All persons entering Germany are required to complete the Digital Entry Application (DEA) or a substitute application prior to departure.
Please note that there may be increased controls at airports, especially when entering from risk areas with very high incidences or areas with a high prevalence of mutations of the coronavirus.
The quarantine obligation does not apply to vaccinated persons and not to persons with valid proof of immunity. Furthermore, there may be exceptions to the testing and quarantine obligation in the federal states of your stay after entry (e.g. business travellers, family travellers, border commuters, system-critical groups of people).
Since 1 December 2020, the test is subject to a fee for those entering from risk areas. Test centres are available in Frankfurt, Munich and many other German airports for possible tests.
To find out which regions are currently considered official risk areas and which areas require a 10-day quarantine for entry, visit the websites of the German government and the Robert Koch Institute.
All information is regularly updated and prepared with the utmost care and to the best of our knowledge and belief at the time of publication. The information listed here is subject to continuous change by the German Government. Your personal self-isolation obligation and any possible exemptions are governed by the applicable regulations of the German state in which you are domiciled or in which you will be staying while in Germany.
Travelling and corona
At Lufthansa, your safety is our top priority. That is why you will find the most important information about planning your journey here.
Our flying reporter took a very straightforward coronavirus test in the test centre at Frankfurt Airport. Follow him in the video.
Even in these unusual times, we attach great importance to making you feel comfortable on your flight.