Germany Omicron travel restrictions and regulations. Updated.
Germany Omicron travel restrictions and regulations. Updated.
Unvaccinated passengers: Passengers are not permitted to enter Germany.
Vaccinated passengers: Passengers are permitted to enter if they hold an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EUDCC), or hold proof of being fully vaccinated against Covid-19, provided that at least 14 days have elapsed since the last dose of the AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson, Moderna, or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines and provided they have not been in a Virus Variant Area in the past 10 days. The certificate must be in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish.
Other exempt passengers:
Nationals of Germany;
Passengers who hold a long-stay visa issued by Germany;
Residents of Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Jordan, Korea (South), Kuwait, Macau, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, or Uruguay;
Passengers aged younger than 12 years who have not yet been vaccinated, provided they are accompanied by at least one fully vaccinated parent;
Staff of international organisations;
Humanitarian aid workers;
Skilled or highly qualified workers whose labour is necessary and can not be postponed or performed remotely;
Flights on the behalf of Euratom safeguards, the International Atomic Energy Agency, or the United Nations and its agencies;
Seasonal workers in agriculture;
Passengers joining their families in order to take residence in Germany;
Passengers visiting their immediate family (spouse, minor children, parents of minor children);
Passengers reuniting with a partner who is a national or resident of Germany, or a national of the EU, provided holding an invitation from the partner that resides in Germany and a Declaration of the existence of the relationship;
Passengers with custody of German children accompanying them to Germany in order to take residence in Germany (even if the German spouse or partner remains abroad);
Short term visits for couple travelling together for an important reason, where one is a national of Germany or the EU and resides outside the country;
Passengers travelling for education or training purposes, or students who cannot continue their studies abroad;
Members of a diplomatic mission or consular office whose appointment and arrival has been notified to the federal foreign office, including their family members;
Passengers travelling for emergency family situations (birth, funeral, serious illness, wedding), humanitarian reasons or medical treatment;
Ethnic German re-settlers;
Business travellers (e.g. executives and employees signing contracts or maintenance of industrial products), provided holding a Declaration on the absolute necessity of a short-term business trip;
Athletes, sport officials and referees;
Passengers in transit provided they are not coming from a country of variant concern ; or
Unvaccinated passengers: Passengers must either hold a negative nucleic acid (PCR, LAMP and TMA) test certificate obtained within 72 hours prior to arrival or a negative antigen test obtained within 48 hours prior to arrival, or within 24 hours prior to arrival for passengers who have been in a Virus Variant Area in the past 10 days. The test certificate must be in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish, and is accepted in either digital or printed format. Passengers should upload this proof on the online travel portal.
Vaccinated passengers: Test is not required for passengers who hold a vaccination certificate in German, English, French, Italian, or Spanish proving the passenger has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with an approved vaccine at least 14 days prior to arrival, provided they have not been in a Virus Variant Area in the past 10 days.
Other exempt passengers:
Passengers who hold proof of recovery from Covid-19 in the form of a positive PCR, LAMP, or TMA test certificate issued in written or digital form in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish, provided it was performed between 28 days and 6 months prior to arrival and the passenger has not been in a Virus Variant Area in the past 10 days. Antibody tests are not recognised;
Passengers in transit;
Passengers aged younger than 12 years;
Passengers travelling as part of an official German delegation via the government terminal of Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) or Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN), provided they have stayed in an High Incidence or Virus Variant Area for less than 72 hours;
Passengers travelling to deliver goods in Germany; or
Air crew, provided they have not stayed in a High Incidence or Virus Variant Area for longer than 72 hours or that they will not stay in Germany for longer than 72 hours.
Authorisation: Passengers must hold confirmation of a Digital Entry Registration (Digitale Einreiseanmeldung) completed prior to arrival. A paper form is only accepted as a replacement if the electronic registration is out of order or if the passenger does not have access to the electronic registration.
This does not apply to:
Passengers who have not been to a High Incidence or Virus Variant Area in the past 10 days. Passengers will be informed if they are exempt in the above link;
Passengers travelling as part of an official German delegation via the government terminal of Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) or Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN), provided they have stayed in an High Incidence Area for less than 72 hours;
Passengers travelling to deliver goods;
Air crew, provided that they are staying in Germany for less than 72 hours;
Passengers travelling to Germany in order to be treated for Covid-19 requiring inpatient hospital treatment and treatment cannot be provided in their own country;
Passengers who spent less than 24 hours in a high-risk area or who are staying in Germany for less than 24 hours;
Passengers who travel abroad at least once a week to practise their profession, study or engage in vocational training or who have the duty of care and custody over or are the carers of another person who takes them or collects them from the place where they practise their profession, study or engage in vocational training;
Police officers or customs officers returning from an operation or from duties equivalent to an operation abroad;
Passengers within the scope of enforcement by the Bundeswehr responsible for the implementation of the Protection against Infection Act;
Members of foreign armed forces, including NATO, the NATO Partnership for Peace Status of Forces Agreement and the European Union Status of Forces Agreement personnel who are entering or returning to Germany for operational reasons;
Passengers visiting first-degree relatives, spouses or life partners provided they are staying in Germany for less than 72 hours; or
High-ranking members of the diplomatic or consular service, of parliaments or governments provided they are staying in Germany for less than 72 hours.
Mask: Passengers must wear a FFP2 or surgical grade face mask at the airport and during their flight. Passengers aged between 6 and 14 years are permitted to wear any masks that fit and support the reduction of aerosol spreading.
The requirement to wear a mask does not apply to:
Children aged younger than 6 years;
Passengers with impaired hearing and including their supporting companion; or
Passengers with medical exemptions, provided holding a medical certificate.
Quarantine on Arrival:
Unvaccinated passengers: Passengers must quarantine for 10 days on arrival, or 5 days on arrival and a negative result is received from a diagnostic test on day 5, if passengers have visited any High Incidence or Virus Variant Area within 10 days prior to travel. This should be uploaded on the online travel portal.
Vaccinated passengers: Quarantine is not required for passengers who hold proof of vaccination against Covid-19.
Other exempt passengers:
Passengers entering for less than 72 hours for family, urgent care, transport or diplomatic reasons;
Members of foreign armed forces travelling for official purposes;
Passengers travelling for work provided their workplaces comply with Covid-19 measures and restrictions;
Passengers travelling for urgent medical treatment;
Diplomats and staff of international organisations, provided holding certification by their employer;
Passengers who are essential personnel, or healthcare professionals, provided holding certification by their employer;
Passengers travelling for urgent education or training purposes, provided holding certification from their educational institution;
Passengers travelling for the preparation, participation, implementation and follow-up of international sports events, provided they are accredited with the relevant bodies, and hold a written or electronic negative Covid-19 test result in German, English or French obtained within 48 hours prior to arrival;
Air crew, provided that they are staying in Germany for less than 72 hours and have not been in a Virus Variant Area in the past 10 days prior to arrival; or
Passengers who hold proof of recovery from Covid-19, provided they have not been in a Virus Variant Area in the past 10 days prior to arrival.
Quarantine on Arrival: 14 days on arrival if the passenger has spent any time in a Virus Variant Area prior to arrival.
This does not apply to passengers travelling for the preparation, participation, implementation and follow-up of international sports events, provided they are accredited with the relevant bodies.
Ending quarantine early when entering from Virus Variant Areas is an option in the following two cases:
The respective Virus Variant Areas is downgraded in Germany during the quarantine period;
For passengers who have been fully vaccinated with a specific vaccine listed on the Robert Koch Institute’s website. Quarantine may end when they submit their proof of vaccination.
Information: Passengers may find regulations for entering Germany at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI, the German government agency and research institute responsible for disease control and prevention).
Information: Passengers must read the leaflet from the German Ministry of Health.
Germany Country Lists:
Virus Variant Areas: Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
High Incidence Areas: Albania, Anguilla, Armenia, Austria (excluding the municipalities of Mittelberg and Jungholz and the Riss valley in the municipality of Vomp and Eben am Achensee), Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Congo (Republic of), Croatia, Czechia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North), Dominica, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Georgia, Gibraltar, Greece, Haiti, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Jordan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Pitcairn, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saint Helena, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Yemen.