What should I watch out for when I come back to Germany?

All persons who travel to Germany by plane must present a negative corona test at check-in. The test must not be older than 48 hours. You have to pay for the test yourself. If your test is positive, you are not allowed to travel. If the country in which you are staying has a quarantine requirement, you must be quarantined there. You have to cover the costs yourself. This regulation currently applies from March 29 to May 12, 2021.

Special regulations apply to those who enter Germany from a risk area, a high incidence area or a regions where new virus varians are widespread:

People who come from risk areas (“Risikogebiet”) must register online before their entry at einreiseanmeldung.de. After entry, you must immediately go into self-quarantine for 10-days. You can do a corona test on the 5th day of your quarantine at the earliest. If the test is negative, you can end your quarantine. Plus, you must report to the proper Health Department. You can find the health office responsible for you in the database of the database of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

Please note that the Health Office checks whether you observe the self-isolation period- and those who do not will face a fine. You can find a list of high-risk areas at rki.de.

For people traveling to Germany from an area with a so-called “high indicidence” ("Hochinzidenzgebiet"), the following applies: You must provide a negative coronavirus test result upon entry. The test must be no older than 48h at the moment of entry. Test results must be in German, English or French. You must register online before their entry at einreiseanmeldung.de. After entry, you must immediately go into quarantine at home for a 10-day. Plus, you must report to the proper Health Department. You can find the health office responsible for you in the database of the database of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). You can find a list of high-risk areas at rki.de.

Travelling to Germany from areas where new variants of the virus are widespread is not allowed currently. There is an entry ban and a transport ban for people from these areas, i.e. they are not allowed to enter the country by car, nor are they allowed to be transported by an airline, bus company, etc. A list of the current "new variant areas" can be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institute. However, the entry ban and transport ban do not apply to:

  • People with German citizenship
  • Spouses and children of German citizens if they enter the country together
  • People who hold residence rights and reside in Germany
  • Certain professions such as health workers or freight transport staff
  • People with urgent humanitarian reasons such as a death, childbirth or urgent medical treatment

If you are allowed to enter from a country where a new virus variant is common, the following rules apply to you: You must show a negative corona test upon entry. The test must not be more than 48 hours old at the time of entry. The test result must be in German, English or French. You must also register online at einreiseanmeldung.de prior to departure. After entering the country, you must immediately be quarantined at home for 14 days. You must also report to the responsible health department. You can find the health department responsible for you via the database of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

If you have only traveled through a risk area and did not stop there (transit flight), the same rules apply to you as to those who enter (directly) from a non-risk area. Those who spend less than 24 hours in a high-risk area do not have to go into a quarantine either. The exemption from quarantine also applies to people who have a reasonable ground to visit close family members (spouse, parents, children) in a risk-area for less than 72 hours. This way, for instance, one would be able to visit an ill family. But the exceptions form quarantine only apply if you don't show any typical symptoms. If you have visited close family members for more than 72 hours for an urgent reason, you can exempt yourself from the quarantine obligation by presenting a negative corona test. The test must not be older than 48 hours when you enter Germany. In addition, the test must meet the criteria listed by the Robert Koch Institute. You can find out which countries meet these criteria on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.

 

Please note: In the individual federal states there may be further rules or exceptions to the quarantine obligation. For instance, for certain professional groups such as medical staff. For more information ask with your employer. Or read the quarantine regulation of your state onine. You can find the quarantine regulation which apply in your federal state in German on bundesregierung.de. You can find more detailed information about your state/town/neighborhood in various languages on corona-was-darf-ich.de. To learn more about “home quarantine” check out our chapter "Coronavirus".