Information for travellers and commuters

Regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic Information for travellers and commuters

Some special rules apply to travelling inside and outside Germany as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Foreign travel is subject to differentiated travel and safety advice. A travel warning automatically applies to COVID-19 risk areas. Here you will find the answers to questions frequently asked by travellers and commuters, as well as information for those who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19.

Strandkörbe am Strand

The first holiday makers on the beach - because of the COVID-19 pandemic, special rules still apply in some cases. Differentiated travel and safety advice applies in countries outside Germany.

Foto: imago images/Kirchner-Media/David Inderlied

Diagram setting out new rules for travellers entering Germany in line with the COVID-19 immigration regulations (Weitere Beschreibung unterhalb des Bildes ausklappbar als "ausführliche Beschreibung")

The new COVID-19 immigration regulations came into effect on 13 May 2021.

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Foto: Bundesregierung

Before travelling inside Germany – what do I need to do?

What are the rules when travelling inside Germany?ÖffnenMinimieren

Before a foreign trip – where can I find out about travel restrictions?

Where can I find out what rules apply for my destination?ÖffnenMinimieren
What restrictions apply to travel by sea or air outside Europe? ÖffnenMinimieren

After a foreign trip – what do I need to know about returning to Germany?

Where can I find the regulations that apply when I enter Germany from abroad?ÖffnenMinimieren
What do I need to do when I am travelling to Germany from a risk area?ÖffnenMinimieren
What do I need to do when I am travelling to Germany from an “area of variant of concern”?ÖffnenMinimieren
How else can I find out about immigration regulations currently in force?ÖffnenMinimieren

Useful tips – consumer rights when planning travel

Can I cancel my holiday?ÖffnenMinimieren
Delayed or cancelled flights – am I entitled to compensation?ÖffnenMinimieren
What applies for coach trips?ÖffnenMinimieren
What is the situation with cruises?ÖffnenMinimieren
Would travel cancellation insurance help?ÖffnenMinimieren

I commute across a border to work – what do I need to do?

These are the rules that apply to commuters crossing borders for work:ÖffnenMinimieren

You can find out at any time about the current status of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign by consulting the Federal Government’s Dashboard.