New rules for travellers arriving from high-risk areas outside Germany

COVID-19 regulations for travellers entering Germany New rules for travellers arriving from high-risk areas outside Germany

Everyone entering the Federal Republic of Germany from an area designated a risk area will, in future, be required to provide evidence that they are not infected with the coronavirus within 48 hours of entering Germany. Travellers from particularly affected regions will have to provide evidence that they have tested negative before they enter the country. These provisions are laid out in a set of regulations for travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany, that the Cabinet has now adopted. The new regulations will come into effect on 14 January.

Diagram explaining the new regulations for travelers entering Germany (More information available below the photo under ‚detailed description‘.)

Everyone who has been in an area designated as a risk area will have to register, be tested and provide evidence in order to enter the Federal Republic of Germany.

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The regulations on travellers entering Germany adopted by the Cabinet on Wednesday aims to minimise the number of cases of COVID-19 imported from high or very high risk areas outside Germany. Everyone who has been in an area designated as a risk area will have to register, be tested and provide evidence in order to enter the Federal Republic of Germany.

A distinction is made between three types of risk areas outside Germany:

  • Areas where the Federal Ministry of Heath, in conjunction with the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, has identified a higher risk of infection with a threatening communicable disease
  • High-incidence areas, where the incidence is several times higher than that in Germany, but at least 200
  • Areas in which the particularly infectious variant of the virus is widespread.

Digital registration and mandatory tests for travellers entering Germany

"Travel to risk areas is not appropriate in this pandemic situation. Anyone who nevertheless insists on travelling will have to be tested on their return in future. Mutations of the virus are an additional threat to our health. We must prevent them spreading in Germany as far as possible," stressed Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn.

All travellers who have been in a risk area will have to fill in an online immigration registration form before they enter Germany, as is already the case. Within 48 hours of entering the country they must provide evidence that they were not infected with SARS-CoV-2 at the time they entered the country, and must present this to the relevant authority on request.

Everyone entering Germany from a risk area in which there is a particularly high incidence or where particularly infectious variations of the virus are widespread will have to have this evidence on their person when they enter the country and present it, on request, to the carrier before they leave, to the relevant authorities on entry into Germany or to officers undertaking any police checks.

Mandatory quarantine still in place

The mandatory quarantine imposed by the individual federal states on travellers entering Germany from risk areas remains in place.

Another change is that as of 1 March, mobile telephony providers must inform their customers by text message about the immigration and infection control measures in place in Germany.