Current flight information
Lufthansa will operate all flights between South Africa and Germany as planned, primarily to bring German nationals home and to transport cargo. This also applies after the classification as a virus variant area. Lufthansa will of course implement the corresponding official requirements.
Passengers are asked to enter their contact details in the booking so that Lufthansa can contact them in the event of a change at short notice. In addition, it is important that all passengers inform themselves about the entry requirements before travelling and have the necessary travel and health documents ready. In the destination country, local quarantine regulations must be observed after the arrival of the journey. Passengers can find information on Lufthansa's entry regulation pages or in the chapter Current Flight Information.
Generally, passengers must show a proof of vaccination or of immunity or a negative Covid 19 test at the time of departure. This applies:
- on flights within and from Germany for all passengers aged six and over
- on entry to Germany from abroad for all passengers aged 12 and over
- for internationally arriving transit passengers from 12 years of age with an onward flight in Frankfurt and Munich
Certificates are accepted in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish, self-tests are not valid.
- Proof of vaccination: Valid is an analogue or digital proof of a vaccination series completed more than 14 days ago of a vaccine approved by the Paul Ehrlich Institute (= vaccines approved in the EU)
- Proof of immunity: The proof of recovery (digital or analogue) must be a PCR/LAMP/TMA test proof that is at least 28 days and maximum six months old
- Test certificates: Antigen, PCR, LAMP and TMA tests conducted at certified testing sites are valid. A PCR, LAMP and TMA test may be carried out at the earliest 72 hours* (48 hours** for flights ex Germany), Antigen tests at the earliest 48 hours*. (24 hours** for flights ex Germany)
Please additionally observe the local entry regulations of your destination country or the extended rules if you are entering Germany from a high-risk or virus-variant area.
In addition, face masks with the standard FFP2, FFP3, KN95 and N95, each without a valve and not made of fabric or surgical masks, are mandatory on all Lufthansa flights.
* referring to the planned arrival time in Germany
** referring to the planned departure time in Germany
Please note the following classification - made by the Robert Koch Institute:
Corona High risk areas:
Albania, Austria, Armenia, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Burundi, Brunei Darussalam (until incl. 27.11.2021), Bulgaria, Cameroon, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, El Salvador (until incl. 27.11.2021), Estonia, Ethiopia, Dominica, Gabon (until incl. 27.11.2021), Georgia, Greece, Guyana, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Haiti, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Laos, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nicaragua (until incl. 27.11.2021), Northern Macedonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Congo, Romania, Russian Federation, Sao Tome and Príncipe (until incl. 27.11.2021), Serbia, Seychelles, St Kitts and Nevis (until incl. 27.11.2021), St Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore (until incl. 27.11.2021), Slovakia, Slovenia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania (incl. Zanzibar), Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, People's Republic of Korea, Venezuela, Yemen
Corona Virus variant area:
Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe (all countries as of 28.11.2021)
Passengers on Lufthansa or Eurowings Discover direct flights from Namibia and South Africa must be aware with immediate effect for possible additional checks by the Federal Police on arrival in Germany.
Lufthansa is currently only allowed to carry the following booked passengers on departures (or travel commencements) from the countries of the High risk areas
- All passengers aged 12 years or older with final destination in Germany must present a negative test result (PCR, antigen, RT-LAMP or TMA) at the time of departure. The test must not have been carried out more than 72 hours before the planned arrival time in Germany (antigen test only 48 hours). An online registration on the website http://www.einreiseanmeldung.de is also required. Alternatively, it is also possible to present proof of immunity (digital or analogue PCR/LAMP/TMA test proof that is at least 28 days and no more than six months old) or proof of vaccination (analogue or digital proof of a vaccination series completed more than 14 days ago of a vaccine that has been approved by the German Paul Ehrlich Institute).
- All passengers with a connecting flight to a destination outside Germany must observe the entry regulations of the corresponding destination country
- All guests with final destination in Germany must follow the local German quarantine regulations. Information about this can be found on the pages of the German Federal Ministry of Health
Lufthansa is currently only allowed to carry the following booked passengers on departures (or travel commencements) from the countries of the Virus variant areas:
- Passengers with German nationality or passengers with a valid residence permit in Germany (upon presentation of a German registration certificate). These passengers (aged 12 years and older) must present a negative test result (PCR, antigen, RT-LAMP or TMA) at the time of departure. The test must not have been carried out more than 72 hours before the planned arrival time in Germany (antigen test only 24 hours). An online registration on the website http://www.einreiseanmeldung.de is also required. (also valid for passenger with a German nationality with a connecting flight)
- Passengers of other nationalities, but only if they have a connecting flight to a destination outside Germany and do not leave the transit area in Frankfurt or Munich.
- All guests with final destination in Germany must follow the local German quarantine regulations. Information about this can be found on the pages of the German Federal Ministry of Health Arrivals from the above-mentioned virus variant countries are currently subject to a 14-day quarantine obligation in Germany, which cannot be terminated prematurely.
- All passengers with a connecting flight to a destination outside Germany must observe the entry and quarantine regulations of the relevant destination country in addition to the above obligations. Please also note here that there may be restrictions on the carriage of passengers who are not travelling back to their home country. Please use our Regulation page on Lufthansa.com.y
For more information on the designation of international risk areas, click here
Due to the high volume of calls to our Service Centres, we kindly ask you not to contact them about travel regulations for the USA. You will find all the already published information in our FAQ, which we are constantly updating: FAQ Entry to the USA | Lufthansa
Currently, fraudulent fake pages with purported Lufthansa contacts can be found on the Internet using the standard search engines. These aim to access the (personal) details of our customers. Please only use channels listed on lufthansa.com for making contact, and enter your details only on lufthansa.com. Always access the website manually by typing in your browser’s address bar, and do not follow any link that has not been made available by Lufthansa.
We are currently experiencing a high number of customer contacts in our Lufthansa Service Centers, which may lead to longer waiting times. We apologise for the resulting longer waiting times. Our staff will do everything possible to process your requests as quickly as possible. If you have any questions about the entry requirements at your destination, please first consult the travel regulations on our website.
Please note that passengers on a flight from the United Kingdom to Frankfurt or Munich who have an international connecting flight now require a transit visa for Germany in some cases - even if they do not leave the airport in Germany and are only in the transit area. Lufthansa therefore asks all passengers to inform themselves in detail about the regulations before departure.
You can find the latest information about rebooking options here:
If you plan to contact one of our ticket and service counters at our stations in Frankfurt or Munich in person, please note the following points:
- ticket refunds cannot be processed at our airport stations
- at the moment only guests can be served at these airport, with a departure within the next 48 hours
Longer waiting times can also occur at airport counters at present. Our staff will attend to you as soon as possible.
Due to the current situation and in order to give our passengers planning stability, the Lufthansa Group decides to suspend operations in Belarusian airspace up to and including Mid of January 2022. All Lufthansa flights to and from Minsk are cancelled up to and including this date.
Leave your mobile number in your booking and we will automatically inform you of any changes.
In case your flight is cancelled, please contact a Lufthansa Service Center or your travel agency to discuss your further travel plans.
Simplified rules now apply for passengers travelling on an international flight to Germany with a connecting flight to a destination outside Germany. If the entry requirements of the destination country are met, a transfer in Germany is now possible. Prerequisites are a confirmed ticket for the onward flight within 24 hours and/or other documentation for the onward journey. Passengers do not require proof of vaccination/immunity, a negative test result nor an online registration.
Travel 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.
Entry regulations for your destination
Check the entry regulations at your destination or find out about the requirements for Corona tests.
Extended rebooking options
Stay flexible and modify your bookings without paying a rebooking fee.