Covid Update for Germany
Last update: 28/04/2021
Germany has lifted travel restrictions for individuals arriving from most countries in the EU and/or Schengen Area as well as nationals and residents of these states and their families. Holders of long-term “D” visas issued by these countries are also allowed to enter Germany. British nationals may also enter Germany if they have a residence permit issued by Germany before 31 December 2020. Residents of the following “safe countries” may also enter, providing they have been living in their country of residence for a minimum of 6 months: Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, and Thailand. German nationals and permanent residents continue to be allowed to return to Germany, as do their family members, including unmarried partners with a written invitation and proof of the relationship. Certain other exceptions exist for commuters from neighboring countries who work in Germany, military personnel stationed in the country, and other professionals or students whose travel is deemed necessary. Entry is prohibited for the majority of non-EU/Schengen visitors. All travelers (with the exception of German nationals and residents of Germany) arriving from the following countries are temporarily banned from entering or transiting through Germany: Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini (Swaziland), Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, or Zimbabwe. The same applies to those traveling from the Moselle département of France. All passengers aged 6 and above traveling to Germany or transiting through Germany must have a medical certificate in German, English, or French proving that they tested negative for COVID-19 no more than 48 hours before arrival with an antigen, PCR, RT-LAMP, or TMA test. Until 30 April 2021, test results for passengers arriving from Spain are accepted in Spanish. This requirement also applies to airline crew entering Germany from the following countries: Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini (Swaziland), Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, or Zimbabwe. The same applies to airline crew entering Germany from the following countries and staying for 72 hours or longer: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Bahrain, Bolivia, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Curacao, Cyprus, Czechia, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, France, Hungary, Iran, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Palestinian Territory, Paraguay, Poland, Serbia, the Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, St. Maarten, Sudan, Sweden, Syria, Tanzania, Turkey, Ukraine, or Uruguay. All passengers and airline crew arriving from countries deemed to be high risk are required to register online before traveling. Some arrivals may be required to quarantine for 10 or 14 days.