Information on entry restrictions and quarantine regulations in Germany

Strong restrictions on travelling to Germany are still in apply. Please note that these restrictions may also limit the entry of international researchers and students. In particular, persons from virus variant areas, who do not have a residence/no existing right of residence in Germany may not be allowed to enter. For overview purposes, we have summarized the following provisions of the German Foreign Office:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions are in place for entry into Germany from a large number of countries. Those entering Germany from risk areas must complete a digital entry registration form, be tested for coronavirus, and self-isolate.

Entry restrictions

A travel ban has been imposed on countries with widespread occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 virus variants of concern. Transport companies, e.g. air carriers and railway companies, may not transport any persons from these countries to Germany. There are only a few, strictly defined exceptions to this travel ban, namely for:

  • Persons who are resident in Germany with a current right to reside in the country
  • Persons on connecting flights, who do not leave the transit zone of an international airport

All those who qualify for the above-mentioned exceptions are equally required to complete an online registration form and must present a negative COVD-19 test result prior to entry. Further information is provided below.

Digital entry registration

Travellers who have visited a risk area, high incidence area or virus variant area in the last ten days before entering Germany must register before arriving in Germany and carry proof of registration with them upon entry.

Test requirement on entry

Travellers aged six years or older who have been in a high incidence area or in a virus variant area in the past ten days prior to entry into Germany must carry proof that they have been tested for infection with SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus with them upon entry and present it to the competent authorities upon request.

Quarantine regulations

In Germany, the individual Länder are responsible for quarantine regulations. The Länder have put in place their own regulations on the basis of a specimen regulation. Upon entry to Germany following a stay in a risk area, high incidence area or virus variant area within the last ten days, one must self-isolate there for ten days (quarantine).