Many countries have closed their borders, including within the EU. The borders with Germany are also partially closed. Some border crossings to/ from the Netherlands and to/from Luxembourg are currently open. A few border crossings to France, Austria and from/to Switzerland are also open: However, some controls are still being carried out here. You need a valid reason for entry, such as a family visit or a business trip.
Apart from that, since March 17, 2020, strict entry restrictions have been enforced in Germany. Only the following are currently allowed to enter Germany:
- German nationals,
- Family members of German nationals who return to their place of residence,
- Citizens of other EU countries and their family members as well as nationals from Great Britain, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland and their family members, given their main place of residence is in Germany. Individuals mentioned above are also permitted to travel to their home countries through Germany.
- Third-country nationals with a permanent residence permit in Germany, EU member state, or Great Britain, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, given Germany is their main place of residence. Individuals mentioned above are also permitted to travel to their home countries through Germany.
Make sure you carry all the necessary documents if you plan to travel across international borders.
There are some exceptions to the entry restrictions, e.g. for health workers or for urgent matters. Inquire in advance at the German embassy in your city/country/region or directly contact at the Federal Foreign Office.Asylum seekers can also continue to enter and apply for asylum in Germany. However, please note that the Dublin Regulation continues to apply. You can find out more about the Dublin regulations in our chapter "Dublin procedure".
Important: If you have been abroad for several days, you must be quarantined for two weeks after returning to Germany regardless of the means of transportation you use (car, train, boat or plane). If you do not drive home immediately and remain in quarantine for 14 days, you will have to pay a fine. The measure, however, does not apply to commuters, business travellers and service technicians who were only abroad for fewer days. It also does not apply to people in Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate who come to Germany from an EU country.
Please note: Many German embassies are currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please check the website of the relevant embassy regularly for more information.