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Germany - Covid travel and national health rules, EU Digital Covid Certificate

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To ensure safe travel, EU countries have agreed on a co-ordinated approach to free movement restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. EU rules now take into account your COVID-19 status as proved by a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate.

Information on travel and health measures in the EU is available online and provides travellers with up to date details of any special rules in place as well as data on infection rates.

Check for any specific measures that may apply when travelling to Germany.

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

COVID-19 travel restrictions were lifted. 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?

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

However, people who reside in China, except for German citizens, still need an important reason (listed in Annex II) to enter Germany due to reciprocity. If an important reason exists, no proof of vaccination, recovery or testing is required.


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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 were lifted. 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 is not required to access public spaces and indoor venues and events.

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 (FFP-2 masks or similar) are required in care facilities, hospitals and other health facilities, and on local public transport. Nationally, mask requirements for long distance passenger transport remain in place.

Rules for certain community accommodations and other facilities are set out by the regions. The regions can make exceptions for the mask mandate (surgical masks or FFP-2) to anyone who is vaccinated or recovered, and no longer than 3 months have passed since vaccination/recovery. In case of an outbreak there won't be any exceptions, and the facemask mandate becomes mandatory.

Physical Distancing

There is no physical distancing required. However, in case of an outbreak physical distancing can be set out by the regions.

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

Everyone who has spent time in an area of variant concern prior to entry has to make their way directly home––or to another place of accommodation at their destination––upon arrival and remain isolated there. The quarantine period is 14 days.

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 and 90 days for recovery. However, the EUDCC or national equivalent is not required to access public spaces or indor venues and events. Consult the Measures section for further details.

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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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