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Germany - Covid travel rules, EU Digital Covid Certificate, restrictions and measures in place

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To ensure safe travel during the continued coronavirus pandemic, the EU has agreed on a common approach to free movement restrictions. A traffic-light system to classify EU countries (EU 27 + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) according to their epidemiological (rate of infection) situation has been put in place. This information is available online providing travellers with the latest data and details on any restrictions and special rules in place (such as quarantine and testing requirements).

As some countries may have stricter rules, check here for more information on the specific rules that apply when travelling to Germany.

What are the rules to enter this country with or without the EU Digital COVID certificate from an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?

COVID-19 travel restrictions have been lifted in Germany. Travellers do not need to provide proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test result.

Health measures will still apply for travellers arriving from countries or areas of variant concern. Currently, there is no country or area on the list.

Learn more

Federal Ministry of Health


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You can find the latest information on air travel regulations for this country on the IATA website.

You can also find information about your passenger rights on our portal for citizens.

Documents you need to travel in Europe
Health cover for temporary stays

What are the rules to enter this country from outside an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?

Travellers entering Germany from outside the EU/Schengen area must provide:

  • Proof of vaccination after receiving full vaccination, as defined by the Paul-Ehrlich Institute.
  • Vaccines authorised by the Paul-Ehrlich Institute for entry: BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen, AstraZeneca and Novavax.
  • Several other vaccines not authorised by the European Union are also sufficient for purposes of entry: Covaxin, Covilo, Convidecia and Coronavac. For these vaccines, an additional third primary dose is required when 270 days have passed since the second vaccination.

In addition, unvaccinated travellers are approved entry if they meet the following criteria:

  • Travellers from Annex I countries should not be affected by entry restrictions.
  • Specific travellers with an essential need (e.g. healthcare professionals, frontier workers, seasonal workers, etc.) as listed in Annex II should not be affected by entry restrictions.

Learn more

Federal Ministry of Health


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You can find the latest information on air travel regulations for this country on the IATA website.

You can also find information about your passenger rights on our portal for citizens.

Documents you need to travel in Europe
Health cover for temporary stays

Can I transit this country?

COVID-19 travel restrictions have been lifted in Germany. Travellers do not need to provide proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test result.

Health measures will still apply for travellers arriving from countries or areas of variant concern. Currently, there is no country or area on the list.

Learn more

Federal Ministry of Health

National health measures

The 'EU Digital COVID Certificate' or national equivalent may be required to access public spaces and indoor venues and events (some venues, however, only accept the EUDCC). Regional governments adapt rules on a case-by-case basis. Travellers are advised to consult conditions in the states before their arrival. 

Learn more:

National Tourist Board

Travel in Germany

 

Restrictions at the regional or local level

The regulations that apply in each Federal State are available at the following links:

Use of facemasks

In the regions, facemasks are required in care facilities, hospitals and other health facilities, local public transport and in certain Community accommodation. Nationally, mask requirements for long-distance air and passenger transport remain in place.

Physical Distancing

In public, wherever possible, a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from others should be observed.

 

Indoor and outdoor meetings, public or private gatherings and events

Personal contacts between households must be kept to a minimum. Each federal state can set specific rules for the maximum number of people allowed to meet together, with different limits applicable to indoor and outdoor spaces.

Safety measures for public transportation

Everyone aged above 6 is required to wear a medical mask (surgical masks or KN95 or FFP2 masks).

Places of worship

Yes

Regional restrictions may apply.

Quarantine

Travellers who have visited an area of high risk/variant concern in the last 10 days must proceed to their destination and self-isolate for 10-14 days. Exemptions are made for passengers in transit either to Germany or to the area of concern.

Children below 12 years can leave quarantine after 5 days.

Learn more:

Federal Foreign Office

Robert Koch Institut

 

Non-essential (other than medicine and food) shops

Yes

Regional restrictions may apply.

Tourist accommodations

Yes

Regional restrictions may apply.

Catering establishments

Yes

Regional restrictions may apply.

Cinemas, museums and indoor attractions

Yes

Regional restrictions may apply.

Personal care services

Yes

Regional restrictions may apply.

Health protocols for tourism services and tourists

Details on restrictions are the responsibility of state and regional governments.

 

National use of COVID-19 Certificates

Information on 'EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC)' issued in Germany

In Germany, the 'EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC)' is valid for 270 days except for persons under the age of 18. Although not mandatory, it may be required to access indoor spaces including cultural, leisure and sports facilities, and restaurants and bars. Germany's regions may implement specific territorial regulations. Please consult the Measures section for further details. Travellers are reminded to carry their certificates with them at all times.

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The 'EU Digital COVID Certificate' (EUDCC) is digital proof, valid in all EU countries, that a person has either been vaccinated against COVID-19, has recovered from COVID-19, or has received a negative test result. National authorities are responsible for issuing the certificate.

Learn more:
EUDCC - Questions & Answers
EUDCC - Factsheet

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