Current regulations for entry into the Federal Republic of Germany for travellers from risk areas
In connection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the infectious disease Covid-19, extended regulations apply for entry into Germany. The regulations refer to regions that are classified as risk areas by the Robert Koch Institute.
Since 14 January 2021, the Robert Koch Institute has divided 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.
Stricter entry and transport regulations
Please note that stricter entry and transport regulations currently apply for travellers from risk areas with occurring virus mutations when entering Germany. It is very important to inform yourself about the current entry regulations to Germany in due time before your journey by checking the current flight information.
Complete and valid Covid-19-related entry documents: more relaxed and faster through the document check
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. For details, see our information on Covid-19 testing at airports.
Compulsory wearing of masks in the Federal Republic of Germany
In Germany, it is compulsory to wear medical masks in public transport and in shops. These include masks with the FFP2, KN95 and N95 standard or surgical masks. Masks made of fabric, visors or masks with valves are not permitted.
Lufthansa has taken up the regulation the German federal states defined on 19 January 2021. As of 1 February 2021, only the above-mentioned mask types are therefore permitted on all flights to and from Germany during boarding, on board and when leaving the aircraft.
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, up to max. 48 hours after arrival||Yes, max. 48 hours before entry||Yes, max. 48 hours before entry|
|Prohibition of carriage for the airline||None||Without valid test certificate||Without valid test certificate|
|Transit / Transfer in Germany (Schengen/Non-Schengen)||possible without test and DEA||possible without test and DEA
||Only possible with test max. 48 hours before entry in risk area and 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|
|Exception for business travellers||Exemptions from quarantine obligation* after arrival; no exemptions from testing and DEA obligation||Exemptions from quarantine obligation* after arrival; no exemptions from testing and DEA obligation||Exemptions from quarantine obligation* after arrival; no exemptions from testing and DEA 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||10 days quarantine with possibility of shortening from day 5; further known exceptions according to national law|
Entry regulations according to risk levels
Information on the quarantine obligation
As a general rule, persons entering or returning from abroad who have stayed in 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.
From the fifth day after entry, it is possible to be tested for the coronavirus and to end the quarantine prematurely if the test result is negative. This test after five days at the earliest is also necessary if a negative test result was available at or before entry (two-test strategy).
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.
Since 1 December 2020, the test is subject to a fee. Test centres are available in Frankfurt, Munich and at many other German airports for testing on entry.
Unfortunately, Lufthansa cannot provide any information about the testing possibilities at departure points outside Germany. Information on local testing facilities can be obtained from the local authorities.
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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