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Information on entry restrictions and quarantine regulations in Germany

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Free corona tests at German airports., © dpa / Sven Simon

09.11.2020 - מאמר

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions are in place for entry into Germany from a large number of countries. Moreover, persons arriving from many countries are obliged to self-isolate for a period of 10 days. Details are available here.

Entry restrictions

From 8 November 2020 all travellers to Germany have to register online prior to their entry on the website www.einreiseanmeldung.de , if they have stayed in a risk area within the last 10 days prior to their entry to Germany. Also they must be able to present proof of this registration when entering Germany.

If, in exceptional cases, a registration is not possible through the website mentioned above, travellers must instead fill in a substitute registration.

Further Information is available on an information sheet and on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

For Germany, travel restrictions apply for entry from a large number of countries. These are issued by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community. Please check with the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI) prior to your trip to find out what regulations apply specifically with regard to the country from which you plan to enter Germany.

In principle, entry is possible from:        

  • EU member states
  • states associated with Schengen: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
  • the United Kingdom
  • Other countries, from which entry is possible due to the epidemiological situation assessment by the EU.

Entry from other countries is only possible in exceptional cases and is conditional on there being an urgent Need.

Quarantine regulations

In Germany, the individual Länder are responsible for quarantine regulations. After coordination with the Länder and the Federal Government, the cabinet took note of a new specimen regulation. The Länder have issued their own regulations based on this specimen by 8 November 2020.

Because the new specimen regulation contains significant changes, we ask that prior to entering a Land you read the regulations on quarantine and testing carefully that apply to your specific destination. By entering the post code of your destination you can find the contact information of your competent local health office using the following Website: https://tools.rki.de/PLZTool/en-GB

Quarantine regulations as of 8 November 2020

Under the current specimen regulation, the following applies:

Upon entry into Germany following a stay in a risk area within the last 10 days

  • you must register through the Website www.einreiseanmeldung.de before entering Germany and carry proof of your registration,
  • proceed directly to your destination following entry into Germany and
  • self-isolate at home for 10 days (quarantine)

Further Information is availble on an information sheet and the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

Exception: transit

The obligation to self-isolate at home does not apply in the case of transit through Germany. In this case, however, you are obliged to leave Germany immediately. The specific regulations of the Länder apply.

Exception: negative test result after 5 days

Depending on the regulations of the Länder, the quarantine may end after 5 days if a test for Coronavirus carried out on the fifth day after entry to Germany or later is negative.

How to conduct yourself when in Germany?

Mouth and nose must be covered aboard any public Transport, in stores and busy outdoor places, where the minimum distance to others cannot be kept at all times.

If travellers develop symptoms associated with COVID-19 (coughing, a runny nose, sore throat or fever) they should get in touch by phone with a doctor or contact the hotline 116 117. Often travel guides or hotels can also help in such cases. Travellers should keep the contact details of their home country’s embassy or consulate in Germany in case they need to contact them.

Information by the Federal Ministry of Health in english can be found here.

Extensive information in English and other languages on current regulations is available here.

A short overview on what to do to help protect yourself and others is available here:

Leaflet on coronavirus: Protect - Recognise - Act

Watch out for local regulations

Measures for fighting the spread of COVID-19 are subject to local regulation. This may include quarantine measures in the case of a confirmed infection.

The international advice on reducing the spread of COVID-19 should be followed. This includes washing hands regularly and thoroughly with soap for 20-30 seconds, sneezing into the elbow or the quick disposal of handkerchieves or tissues, keeping a distance from other people and avoiding shaking hands. Further information and details can be found on the World Health Organization’s Website.

Where possible, travel should be reduced and public transport avoided to further reduce the risk of infection.

Where to find more information

More information is available from the following institutions:

Information on coronavirus and regulations in English and other languages

Ministry of the Interior

Ministry of Health

Ministry of Transport

The World Health Organization

Robert Koch Institute

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