Information about Covid-19 tests

Up-to-date Covid-19-related entry documents are required for most destinations. Lufthansa checks these before departure. Please make sure that your documents are complete and valid as otherwise you will not be able to travel.

Covid-19 tests for destinations outside Germany

A negative Covid-19 test is required for most destinations before commencement of travel. You can find the precise requirements for a test certificate for your destination outside Germany as well as the locations of Covid-19 test centres by entering your departure and destination airports here.

Covid-19 test requirements in Germany

Those entering or returning to Germany, regardless of risk classification,

  • must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days previously with a vaccination approved by the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut,
  • be in possession of a certificate of recovery (PCR, RT-LAMP or TMA test certificate that is at least 28 days and a maximum of 6 months old) or
  • have taken a negative Covid-19 test before entering Germany. The testing obligation also applies to purely domestic German flights.

On international flights to Germany these regulations apply to passengers aged 12 years and over, and for all other flights they apply to passengers aged 6 years and over.

However, testing is also compulsory for those vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid-19 who are entering Germany from a ‘virus variant area’.

The test certificate

  • For high risk areas, the Covid-19 test must be performed no earlier than 48 hours (antigen test) or 72 hours (PCR, RT-LAMP or TMA test) before entry and
  • for virus variant areas no earlier than 24 hours (antigen test) or 72 hours (PCR, RT-LAMP or TMA test) before entry,
  • must be available on paper or in an electronic document,
  • must be personalised (name, address and date of birth of the person tested),
  • must be written in German, English, French, Spanish or Italian,
  • must include the procedure used (PCR, antigen, RT-LAMP or TMA test) and the test result,
  • and must be certified by a doctor or a recognised laboratory.

Information from the Federal Ministry of Health about entry into Germany during the Covid-19 pandemic

You can find more information about the regulations for travellers entering Germany in connection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 / Covid-19 in communications from the Federal Ministry of Health. The regulations are available from the Robert Koch Institute in several languages.

Verified Covid-19 self-tests for entry into Germany, Austria and the USA

When entering Germany, Austria and the USA, you also have the option of using test kits with a video-accompanied and verified self-test, which are available to you as an alternative to our trusted partner laboratories. You can use the tests conveniently at home or in your hotel and you will receive the test certificate by email afterwards.

Information about all entry requirements for your destination country and test centre locations can be found on our entry website by entering your departure and destination airports. Verified self-test providers are marked "verified self-test".*

Covid-19 test centres at Frankfurt and Munich airports

Test centres are available for the required tests at Frankfurt, Munich and many other airports. Please allow enough time for your test. At Frankfurt Airport we also offer you a drive-through test centre including drive-through baggage check-in.

Please note

Lufthansa can only provide third-party information without any guarantee or legal obligation. Although we update all the information regularly and publish it with the utmost care, due to the rapidly changing travel conditions, we recommend that you check frequently and verify the travel and entry requirements by making independent enquiries before your trip.

* Important note: Verified self-tests are not accepted in all countries and/or only for certain categories of persons. Up until the day of your flight, the legal/regulatory requirements pertaining to your flight (including those relating to the test regulations), in particular those of the respective country of destination, may change. Please find out independently and in good time about any changes to the legal/regulatory requirements (including those relating to the test regulations) for entry into your destination country. See Lufthansa’s General Conditions of Carriage, Art. 13.1. Lufthansa cannot accept any responsibility in this regard.

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