Germany has had strict negative Covid-19 test requirements for air travelers, from which only non-Schengen to non-Schengen passengers have been excluded.
Now, the country has started to require passengers arriving by train, car, or ship, who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 or recently recovered to show a negative test result. PCR-RT test administered within 72 hours of arrival or rapid antigen test performed within 48 hours of arrival are accepted.
Travelers arriving from high incident areas, even if vaccinated, need to provide a negative Covid-19 test result upon arrival.
The Germans cannot check all the arrivals by train or car due to the high number of people movements. The authorities plan to conduct spot checks to check compliance with the new requirements.
Covid-19 Situation Germany
The daily new cases have been very low in June, but there is an uptick in infections from mid-July.
The deaths are always a lacking indicator by few weeks, but the deaths have stabilized.
It seems that the vaccination space has slowed down despite only roughly 63% of the population having received the first dose and 53% being fully vaccinated.
Here’s the updated information:
Information on the designation of international risk areas by the Federal Foreign Office, BMG and BMI
As of July 30, 2021, 6:45 p.m.
For previous versions in English please see “English archive” below
Attention: Please note that the amended coronavirus entry regulation will come into force on August 1, 2021 at midnight:
From this point in time, due to the increasing worldwide distribution of easily transferable SARS-CoV-2 variants (especially the delta variant), a general obligation to provide evidence applies . That means thatPeople aged 12 and over must have a negative test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery upon entry. The general obligation to provide evidence applies regardless of the type of means of transport and regardless of whether a previous stay has taken place in a high-risk or virus variant area. In addition, when entering the Federal Republic of Germany after a stay in a foreign high-risk area (previously high-incidence area) or virus variant area, special registration, verification and quarantine obligations must be observed. When entering from virus variant areas – subject to very narrowly limited exceptions – there is a ban on passenger transport by train, bus, ship and flight directly from these countries.
From August 1, 2021, risk areas will only be classified in two categories: high-risk areas (previously high-incidence areas) and virus variant areas. The category of “simple” risk areas does not apply . The omission of the category of “simple” risk areas does not mean that there is no longer a relevant increased risk of infection when staying in these areas. There is currently a global risk of infection.
Due to the dynamic nature of the infection, it may be necessary to identify new virus variant areas and high-risk areas at very short notice
You can find more information here: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/service/gesetze-und-verordnung/guv-19-lp/coronaeinreisev.html
The changes below in the classification of risk areas (“new since the last change”) are effective from Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 12:00 am.
New since the last change:
1. New virus variant areas – areas with a particularly high risk of infection due to the widespread occurrence of certain SARS-CoV-2 virus variants:
No new virus variant areas since the last change (see current list below).
2. New high-incidence areas or high-risk areas – areas with a particularly high risk of infection due to particularly high incidences for the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus:
Andorra is now considered a high incidence area or high risk area (previously simple risk area).
Botswana is now a high incidence area or high risk area (previously virus variant area).
Eswatini is now considered a high incidence area or high risk area (previously virus variant area).
Lesotho is now a high incidence area or high risk area (previously virus variant area).
Malawi is now considered a high incidence area or high risk area (previously virus variant area).
Mozambique is now a high incidence area or high risk area (previously virus variant area).
Namibia is now considered a high incidence area or high risk area (previously virus variant area).
Zambia is now a high incidence area or high risk area (previously virus variant area).
Zimbabwe is now considered a high incidence area or high risk area (previously virus variant area).
South Africa is now considered a high incidence area or high risk area (previously virus variant area).
3. Areas that are no longer considered risk areas:
The Dominican Republic is no longer a risk area.
The classification as a risk area is based on a joint analysis and decision by the Federal Ministry of Health, the Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs.
The states / regions listed below are currently designated as areas in which there is an increased risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2. In brackets it is listed since when the area has been considered a risk area.
People arriving by plane must, regardless of whether they have stayed in a risk area, present the carrier with a negative test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery before departure.
General obligation to provide evidence (NEW from August 1, 2021, 12:00 a.m.) : All travelers who have reached the age of twelve must present a negative test certificate, a vaccination or health certificate upon arrival. Special rules apply to commuters.
People who have been in one of the risk areas listed below in the last 10 days before entering the Federal Republic of Germany must observe certain rules:
- Obligation to register : Travelers who have previously stayed in a risk area are obliged to fill out the digital entry registration at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de and to carry the received confirmation with them when they enter. The confirmation is checked by the carrier and, if necessary, also by the Federal Police as part of border police duties.
- Special obligation to provide evidence :
- Travelers who have previously stayed in a high-incidence or high-risk area must carry proof of test, vaccination or convalescence with them and, if a carrier is used, present the proof for the purpose of transport. If you have previously stayed in a virus variant area, proof of a test is mandatory.
- When entering after a previous stay in a simple risk area, travelers must have a negative test result, vaccination or health certificate no later than 48 hours after entry (this does not apply from August 1, 2021, 0:00 a.m.) .
- The evidence must be uploaded via the entry portal at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de .
- Quarantine obligation : People who have stayed in a risk area must go home immediately after arrival – or other accommodation at the destination – and isolate themselves for ten days ( home quarantine ). If you previously stayed in a virus variant area, the separation period is fourteen days.
- Ending the quarantine : The home quarantine can be ended prematurely or does not have to be started if proof of recovery, a vaccination certificate or a negative test certificate is transmitted via the entry portal of the Federal Republic at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de . The quarantine can be ended from the time of transmission. After a previous stay in high-incidence areas or high-risk areas , testing can be carried out at the earliest five days after entry . After staying in virus variant areas, the quarantine lasts 14 days and an early termination of the quarantine is generally not possible.
- According to 4 paragraph 2 sentence 5 of the Corona Entry Ordinance by the RKI, there is currently no finding that a specific vaccine would be sufficiently effective against the virus variant that led to the classification of the area as a virus variant area. There is therefore no exception to the quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated persons after previous stay in a virus variant area.
- When entering from so-called virus variant areas, there is a ban on passenger transport by train, bus, ship and flight from these countries.
Special agreements between the Federal Republic of Germany and local national governments according to Section 6 Paragraph 2 Clause 1 Number 2 Coronavirus Entry Ordinance:
- There are currently no agreements with other countries within the meaning of Section 6 Paragraph 2 Clause 1 Number 2 of the Coronavirus Entry Ordinance.
You can find more information on the stated obligations, exceptions and requirements for the respective evidence at: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/service/gesetze-und-verordnung/guv-19-lp/coronaeinreisev.html
Further information on the recognition of diagnostic tests for SARS-CoV-2 when entering Germany from a risk area can be found at:
Please note: The Federal Government is constantly checking the extent to which areas are to be classified as risk areas. Therefore, changes may be made at short notice, in particular this list may be expanded.
The existing travel and safety information from the Federal Foreign Office ( https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/reise-und-sicherheitshinweise ) and the information from the Federal Government for travelers and commuters ( https: //www.bundesregierung. de / breg-de / themes / coronavirus / corona-regulations-1735032 ) remain valid.
The infection rate was low in Germany in late June/early July but is slowly creeping back up due to the more contagious Delta variant.
Most of this additional non-air testing is on an honor basis because there is no staffing at the land border to check the documentation considering the millions that cross them by road or train daily.
Airlines do check that the passengers have negative test results for incoming and transit passengers.