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Ein Beamter der Bundespolizei gibt einem Passagier im Düsseldorf International-Flughafen nach einer Ausweiskontrolle den Reisepass zurück.

Passkontrolle am Düsseldorfer Flughafen, © dpa

14.02.2018 - Artikel

Entry to Germany for fully vaccinated persons

Persons who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus SARS‑CoV‑2 with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (or equivalents of these vaccines used in third countries) can enter Germany from Israel. This includes persons who wish to enter Germany for the purpose of visits or tourism. Fully vaccinated persons as defined above can apply for visas at the German Embassy in Tel Aviv if required.

However, this does not apply to entry to Germany from countries that are classified as areas of variant of concern. Transportation to Germany from these areas continues to be prohibited.

Only persons who are fully vaccinated with one or different vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (list of approved vaccines here) or with equivalents of these vaccines used in third countries (list here) can enter Germany. The plan is to extend this to other vaccines with a comparable level of protection as soon as the necessary tests have been completed.

Proof of vaccination

To enter Germany, all travellers must present proof of vaccination that meets the requirements listed under 1., 2. and 3. below in full.

It must be a digital EU COVID certificate or comparable proof of vaccination in digital or physical (paper) form in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish. Photographs of physical proof cannot be accepted as digital proof. Proof in digital form should have been issued digitally by the authorised issuer and transmitted digitally to the entitled holder.

Proof of vaccination must contain the following Information:

- the personal data of the vaccinated person (at least their family name, first name and date of birth or the number of a valid passport or other official photo ID, which is to be presented upon inspection),

- date of vaccination, number of vaccinations,

- name of vaccine,

- name of disease vaccinated against, and

- identifiers that indicate the person or institution responsible for administering the vaccination or issuing the certificate, for example an official symbol or the name of the issuer.

Furthermore, the vaccination needs to meet certain requirements as provided for in Section 22 (a) 1 of the Protection against Infection Act for the individual to be considered fully protected.

To be considered fully vaccinated with approved vaccines, the requirements are

a)      up until 30 September 2022: two vaccination doses;

b)      up until 30 September 2022: one vaccination dose if in addition the individual can provide proof of:

- an antibody test with proven infection with coronavirus prior to the vaccination, followed by administration of vaccination; or

- a positive test by means of a nucleic acid test (for example, PCR) prior to the vaccination dose ; or

- a positive test by means of a nucleic acid test (for example, PCR) taken at least 28 days ago and after first vaccination dose was administered;

c)       from 1 October 2022: three vaccination doses; the last vaccination dose must be administered at least three months after the second one;

d)      from 1 October 2022: two vaccination doses if proof can be provided in addition of:

- an antibody test with proven infection with coronavirus prior to the first vaccination dose, followed by administration of two vaccinations; or

- a positive test by means of a nucleic acid test (for example, PCR) prior to the second vaccination ; or

- a positive test by means of a nucleic acid test (for example, PCR) taken at least 28 days ago and after the second vaccination was administered.

Before you travel, please check your vaccination certificate meets the above requirements.

Children under the age of 12 who are not yet vaccinated can enter the country with proof of a negative test result (PCR test or antigen test) when accompanied by at least one fully vaccinated parent. Children under the age of six do not require proof of a negative test result.

Further information is available here.

Visa information

Israeli citizens do not need a visa to enter Germany for short stays (maximum of 90 days, e.g. for a holiday or a business trip). They just need an Israeli passport that is valid for at least 3 months beyond the intended length of stay in the Schengen zone. Employment is prohibited during this visa-free stay.

EU citizens need their ID card or their passport to enter Germany. They do not need a visa.

Citizens of other countries residing in Israel might need a visa in order to enter Germany. Please read the following pages to determine if you need a visa to enter Germany.

The type of visa you require depends on how long you plan to stay. Are you planning a short visit to Germany, e.g. for a holiday? Or would you like to stay longer, e.g. to attend university? Please choose how long you are planning to stay. 


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EU citizens need their ID card or their passport to enter Germany. They do not need a visa.

Citizens of other countries residing in Israel might need a visa in order to enter Germany. Please read the following pages to determine if you need a visa to enter Germany.

The type of visa you require depends on how long you plan to stay. Are you planning a short visit to Germany, e.g. for a holiday? Or would you like to stay longer, e.g. to attend university? Please choose how long you are planning to stay. 

Click here if you are planning a short stay (maximum of 90 days, e.g. for a holiday or a business trip)

Click here if you are planning a long stay (more than 90 days, e.g. to attend university, to work in Germany or to join a family member in Germany)

Click here for FAQ on visas and entry

Click here for Information on the address and the opening hours of the visa section

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