Test requirement for returning travellers applies from 1 August

A woman shows her negative coronavirus test certificate to a federal police officer at the airport.

Amended entry regulation: as of Sunday 1 August, all those entering Germany will be subject to a testing requirement.

Photo: picture alliance/dpa/Sommer

All those entering Germany who are aged 12 and over must be able to present a negative coronavirus test result as of Sunday, 1 August. This does not apply to those who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19, providing they can present a certificate.

“All those entering Germany who are not vaccinated will be required to undergo a test in future – regardless of whether they are travelling by plane, car or train,” said Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn. “This way we will be able to reduce the risk of additional infections being brought into the country.”

Special rules continue to apply to those entering from a virus variant area: in this case, all travellers must be able to present a current negative test result – including vaccinated and recovered persons.

The other new rules at a glance:

  • Soon there will only be two categories of risk area, namely high-risk and virus variant areas. Rules that previously applied to regions designated simply as “risk areas” are no longer valid.
  • There will also be a change to the age limit from which a test certificate is required. In future, only those aged 12 or older will have to present proof of testing, recovery or vaccination.
  • Quarantine regulations for the under-12s will also be eased: they can now come out of quarantine without testing five days after entering Germany from a high-risk area. As before, this applies to those aged over 12 who have not been vaccinated and have not recovered from the illness only if they are able to present a negative test result.
  • The quarantine requirement – normally 14 days – continues to apply to all those arriving from virus variant areas.

For full details of the current entry regulations, see our detailed FAQ.