Updated quarantine regulations for travellers entering Germany from a risk area
Since 8 November 2020, updated regulations concerning the quarantine and/or testing obligation for returnees from foreign corona risk areas have been in place. The quarantine period has been reduced from 14 to 10 days. It applies to all people entering Germany who, before entering, were in a region or country classified as a risk area by the Robert Koch Institute.
Entry from a risk area
When entering Germany from a risk area, a 10-day quarantine is compulsory. However, this 10-day quarantine can be shortened and certain groups are exempt from it. You are also obliged to fill in the so-called "Digital Registration on Entry" form before returning to Germany. Passengers find the form on the web page.
Shortening the quarantine period
If you are not subjected to an exception, there is the possibility of having a corona test carried out on the fifth day after entry at the earliest – a negative result then leads to the premature termination of the quarantine. Even if the test result is negative, if Covid-19 shows typical symptoms within ten days after entry, returnees must inform their competent authority and carry out another test.
Exemption from the quarantine obligation
Certain groups of persons (e.g. business travellers with a stay of up to 5 days) can be exempted from the quarantine obligation under certain conditions by a negative test result. Test centres are available in Frankfurt, Munich and many other German airports for a free test upon entry (this applies to tests within 72 hours after entry).
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 sense of taste or smell occur within 10 days after entry, you are obliged to inform your responsible authority.
||No quarantine or DEA requirement if the Covid-19 test* is negative|
(visit first/second degree relatives; exercise custody/right of access; fulfill assistance or care)
||No quarantine or DEA requirement for an unlimited period if the Covid-19 test* is negative|
||No quarantine or DEA requirement, no test requirement|
No quarantine or DEA requirement, no test requirement:
|Crews / operational transport personnel||
All information provided without guarantee. The respective valid regulation of the federal state in which the traveller has his residence or in which he is staying in Germany is decisive.
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