Germany

Entry regulations

Germany

Find all entry regulations for flights to Germany in the following table*.

Prior to Travel

The Federal Foreign Office does not issue travel recommendations for Germany.

Since June 2022, the so-called '3G rule' has been suspended for entry into Germany, i.e. entrants no longer have to prove that they have either been vaccinated, recovered, or tested. The regulation has been extended until 31 January 2023. As regards air travel, masks must generally be worn on all flights if mask-wearing is compulsory in either the country of departure or the country of destination. The implementation is enforced by the operating airline and may therefore vary. Travellers are advised to carry at least one mask with them at all times. For information on mask mandates, please see the respective category.

Prior to Entry

COVID-19-Certificates are no longer required for entries into Germany.

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Important: Until further notice, an entry ban applies nationwide for travellers from virus variant areas. Public transport (airlines, train, bus and ship companies) are prohibited from transporting passengers from virus variant areas. This does not apply to persons with residence and right of abode in Germany or to the movement of goods and entry by car.

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The current coronavirus entry regulation is in force until at least 31 January 2023.

For travellers entering from a risk-free area, there is no obligation to register online before returning to Germany. The exact regulations are available on the Ministry of Health‘s information sheet.

There are no known restrictions

Information on quarantine regulations, testing requirements and possible exceptions for transit travellers that have been vaccinated can be found in the respective categories (if available).

Children and minors are not generally exempt in case testing requirements apply.

The mandatory proof of vaccination, recovery, or negative testing for entry has been suspended since 31 May.

For travellers from China, a negative antigen test is a prerequisite for entry into the country since 9 January.

Since 3 March, entry/return to Germany is subject to a new regulation. Currently there are no longer any high-risk areas declared by the RKI, i.e. the quarantine after entry to Germany is currently dropped regardless of the country of origin. However, if the RKI again designates individual countries or regions as high-risk areas or virus variant areas, the quarantine regulations according to the Entry Ordinance will again apply to these.

There are no known restrictions

The most important questions about vaccinations are also answered by the RKI.

Since 07.12.2022, persons vaccinated with the Chinese vaccine Sinovac are also considered fully vaccinated.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry for completely immunized persons.

The most important questions about vaccinations are also answered by the RKI.

Since 07.12.2022, persons vaccinated with the Chinese vaccine Sinovac are also considered fully vaccinated.

There are no known restrictions

There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry for incompletely vaccinated persons.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry for those who have recovered.

On Site

There is no ease of restrictions.

Currently, only the so-called basic protection measures still apply and thus there are hardly any restrictions in almost all areas of public life. Where a testing or masking obligation still applies, this generally applies to everyone, i.e. also to fully vaccinated and recovered persons.

Where access restrictions are still in force according to the so-called hotspot regulation, the following applies:

Proof of vaccination or gensesing can usually be provided either in paper form or digitally, e.g. with the EU's COVID certificate.

In some federal states (e.g. Berlin), however, digital proof or the printed QR code is required for access to certain facilities; the yellow vaccination certificate common in Germany is not sufficient there.

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Current figures regarding hospitalization rates and other indicators in the individual states can be found here.

Current value: 45. Previous week: 437

Data source: Our World in Data / European Center for Disease Control. The data is only available at country level and is updated daily.

According to the recent Infection Protection Act, which is in effect from 1 October 2022 to 7 April 2023, all far-reaching Corona measures have been phased out nationwide, and only so-called basic protection measures such as mandatory masks in long-distance transport and health care facilities, as well as mandatory testing in health care facilities for the protection of vulnerable groups are still in force. Most federal states have adopted these requirements.

Only for so-called hotspots with a particularly threatening infection situation will the federal states be able to order more comprehensive measures such as mask obligations, distance requirements, verification obligations and hygiene requirements. This is to be done if there is a threat of regional overloading of hospital capacities.

For the exact regionally applicable measures of the 16 federal states, please see the individual categories within the federal states in the Destination Manager.

There are no known restrictions

The obligation to wear a mask applies in long-distance transport, in health care facilities such as retirement homes and hospitals, and in certain shared accommodation.

Contact restrictions at private gatherings no longer apply.

However, there are still stricter rules in individual federal states, such as a mask requirement even indoors in the retail trade, in the catering industry or at events. There are also regional differences whether a medical mask is sufficient or whether FFP2 masks must be worn. However, fabric masks are no longer sufficien.

However, wearing a mask indoors, maintaining the minimum distance of 1.5 m and other hygiene measures such as frequent hand washing and sneezing etiquette (so-called AHA rules) are still recommended.

Since October, the federal states can enact stricter regulations.

Both essential and non-essential stores are open again on a regular basis. No masking or testing requirements or other access restrictions apply. This also applies to body-related services. Retailers may, however, exercise their domiciliary rights and maintain masking requirements on their premises.

In restaurants, cafés, beer gardens and similar catering establishments, no restrictions applyl. However, restaurateurs can make use of their domiciliary rights and retain the obligation to wear masks in the interior areas of their establishments.

However, even stricter regulations apply in individual federal states within the framework of the so-called hotspot regulation, such as the obligation to wear a mask indoors or the 3G rule (access only for vaccinated, recovered and tested persons).

Hotels, guesthouses and similar accommodation establishments are open and there are no longer any restrictions on access. However, the establishments can make use of their domiciliary rights and demand a mask obligation in indoor areas.

However, even stricter regulations may apply in individual federal states such as a mask requirement indoors.

Professional events such as trade fairs, exhibitions and congresses as well as cultural, sporting and recreational events (including large-scale events) are once again possible without restrictions. Previously applicable access, participant or capacity restrictions no longer exist. However, organisers can make use of their domiciliary rights and retain the obligation to wear masks in the indoor areas of their venues for the time being.

In some federal states, stricter measures still apply within the framework of the so-called hotspot regulation, such as the obligation to wear a mask indoors or the 3G rule (access only for vaccinated, recovered and tested persons).

Leisure and cultural facilities such as cinemas, theatres, opera houses and concert halls, museums and galleries, beach and swimming pools, fitness and dance studios as well as wellness facilities, zoos and botanical gardens, amusement parks and arcades are open regularly and without restrictions. The same applies to clubs and discos.

In individual Laender, however, even stricter measures such as mandatory masks or the 3G rule (access only for vaccinated, recovered and tested persons) may apply indoors within the framework of the so-called hotspot regulation. In some federal states, visiting clubs and discos is only possible according to the 2G-plus rule (access only for vaccinated and recovered persons with an additional negative test). Vaccinated persons are usually exempt from the additional test requirement under the 2G-plus rule.

There are no restrictions on local public transport due to Corona. Deutsche Bahn offers all domestic connections and also cross-border connections to neighbouring European countries. Trips by long-distance bus companies within Germany and Europe are also taking place again. Taxi companies offer their services largely without restrictions, and car rental and car sharing companies are also open.

For cross-border journeys by train or long-distance bus, it is recommended to inform yourself about the entry regulations in the destination country before starting your journey.

Masks are compulsory in long-distance transport. Persons aged 14 years and over must wear an FFP2 mask; minors aged six to 13 years (inclusive) may also use a simpler surgical mask.

Masks no longer have to be worn on long distance trains as of 2 February.

Domestic and international air traffic has resumed normal operations. The mask mandate was lifted with effect from 1 October.

Corona test stations have been set up at many airports (including Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Leipzig/Halle, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Hanover, Nuremberg, Dresden, Bremen), as a negative Corona test is a prerequisite for entry into many countries, and to avoid quarantine at the destination. Travellers should inform themselves about the corona-related entry requirements at the destination before departure, especially for international flights. Due to controls, longer waiting times must be expected at check-in and also at boarding, travellers should therefore plan a little more time before departure.

Some airlines and airports restrict hand luggage in order to reduce waiting times and speed up boarding and disembarking. Travellers are advised to inform themselves well ahead of departure.

In case of infection, the RKI recommends isolation and quarantine for 5 days. It is recommended to carry out a rapid test after day 5 and, if necessary, to extend the isolation until a test is negative. The implementation is carried out by the states.

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The period of validity of the recovery status was reduced from six to three months on 15 January 2022.

Departure

There are no known restrictions


*All information is without guarantee and is based exclusively on information provided by external sources, e.g. the German Foreign Office. We do not guarantee the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of this information. Please inform yourself about the applicable entry requirements before your flight.