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🦠 Germany COVID-19 travel requirements

Last updated: 13 October 2021, 13:06 (GMT +4)

Travel from the UAE to Germany

UAE nationals and residents may travel to Germany under one of the following conditions. All travellers 12 years old and above must:

  • Present a completed vaccination certificate with any approved vaccine by the Paul Ehrlich Institute administered at least 14 days before travel

or

  • Present a negative COVID-19 test result

or

  • Present proof of recovery from COVID-19

All passengers must meet the general immigration requirements (e.g. passport validity, visa, etc.)

A COVID-19 PCR test certificate is not required for vaccinated passengers.

Travel to Germany

Travel eligibility

For EU Citizens:

EU citizens and citizens of Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland and the members of their immediate family (spouses, children under 18 years old, parents of children under 18 years old) may enter Germany for any valid purpose, such as leisure, business, study and family visits. Passengers 12 years old and above must have a negative COVID 19 test result or proof of vaccination or recovery when entering the country. This is not required for children under the age of 12.

For Non-EU Citizens:

Germany allows unrestricted entry for residents of the following countries and territories: United Arab Emirates, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Jordan, Macao, Moldova, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Uruguay. All travellers aged 12 years old and above must present a completed vaccination certificate with any approved vaccine by the Paul Ehrlich Institute administered at least 14 days before travel or possess a negative COVID-19 test result or present proof of recovery and that they meet the general immigration requirements (e.g. passport validity, visa etc.).

  • Effective 25 June 2021, fully vaccinated non-EU citizens may enter Germany for any valid purpose such as leisure, business, study and family visits, provided that they have completed at least 14 days after their last required vaccination dose and that they meet the general requirements of residence law.
  • All other non-EU citizens are only allowed to enter Germany, if they are covered by “Urgent need of Travel regulation” of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community.
  • Unvaccinated children below 12 years old are allowed to enter Germany if they travel with at least one fully vaccinated parent.
  • The vaccine must be approved by the Paul Ehrlich Institut.
  • Entry is also permitted for family members from third countries provided they comply with all applicable conditions. Find information here.

COVID-19 testing requirements

All travellers arriving in Germany on flights, irrespective of whether or not they have spent time in a high incidence area or area of variants of concern, must present a negative COVID-19 test result at check-in. Passengers transiting via a German airport to a third country are exempted.

Proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 can replace a negative test certificate and exempt travellers from quarantine on entry. This does not apply if they have spent time in an area of variant of concern prior to entry.

  • Proof of recovery means proof of previous COVID-19 infection in written or digital form in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish if the test involved a laboratory diagnostics test (PCR, PoC-PCR or other nucleic acid amplification test methods) which was done no less than 28 days and no more than six months before arrival in Germany.
  • Proof of vaccination means proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in written or digital form in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish with a vaccine listed online by the Paul Ehrlich Institute:
    • a) and the full dosage has been completed as published by the Paul Ehrlich Institute and no less than 14 days have elapsed since the last required dose
    • b) or one vaccine dose for a person who has recovered from COVID-19

Vaccination certificates must include the following information:

  • Date of vaccination
  • Number of vaccination doses
  • Name of the vaccine
  • Name of the disease against which the vaccination was received
  • Details of the person or institution responsible for carrying out the vaccination or issuing the certificate

Information on accepted vaccines can be found here.

Check the official website for more information on the foregoing obligations, exemptions and requirements regarding the relevant proofs.

Accepted COVID-19 tests:

  • Proof testing may be a medical certificate or test result confirming that the passenger is not infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The proof must contain the (rapid) antigen manufacturer’s details as well as the date and type of test taken and must be provided in paper or electronic form in either English, French or German.
  • Nucleic acid amplification techniques (PCR, LAMP1, TMA2) to detect the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus are currently accepted. The sample collection for the test must not be more than 72 hours before entry into Germany.
  • Antigen tests for the direct detection of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus are also accepted provided they fulfil the minimum quality criteria recommended by WHO. The sample collection for the test must not be more than 48 hours before entry into Germany. For passengers travelling from areas of variants of concern, the sample collection for the test must not be more than 24 hours before departure.
  • The tests must be carried out or supervised (also through video) by a third party who is authorised to carry out or supervise such tests under the law of the state in which the test was carried out. The third party must also verify and confirm the identity of the person tested by means of an official photo ID.
  • Passengers originating from an area of virus variant of concern will not be allowed to travel through Germany to another Schengen country by air or road. If you are travelling from an area of virus variant of concern please check the travel ban regulations imposed by the German Federal Ministry of Health.
  • Children below the age of six are exempted from taking a COVID-19 test.

Digital entry registration

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

Exemptions to this registration requirement apply in particular to persons who:

  • have only passed through a risk area without a stopover,
  • are only passing through Germany and leaving the country via the fastest route available, or
  • in the case of border traffic: persons who have spent less than 24 hours in a risk area or are only entering Germany for a period of up to 24 hours.

Additionally, persons entering Germany following a stay in a risk area or high incidence area (but not an area of variant of concern) are exempt from the registration requirement for stays of less than 72 hours to visit close relatives (parents, children), spouses and partners who do not belong to the same household, or for the purpose of shared custody.

Exceptions apply for transit within an airport’s international transit area when travelling from and to outside Schengen. For more information, visit the Federal Foreign Office website.

At the time of check in, qualified passengers are to ensure they have a confirmation form of the electronic registration, either saved or printed. The form has to be filled out correctly, as incorrect forms are considered to be an administrative offence and may lead to fines. Qualified passengers who do not complete the digital entry registration will not be accepted for travel.

Quarantine

General information from the German Government about Quarantine Regulations can be found here.

Other information

Find more information about German government restrictions from the Federal Foreign Office and the Robert Koch Institute

You can also check these FAQs.

For more information refer to FAQs in English or German.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you re travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.