[Updated] Germany: Updated COVID-19 Related Entrance Requirements

August 31, 2022 Jessie Butchley

This article was originally published on 6 June 2022 and was updated on 13 June 2022 and 31 August 2022 to reflect new information.  

31 August 2022 Update: The government of Germany updated its COVID-19-related entry requirements. From 1 September 2022 until 31 September 2022, only China will be classified as an area of concern for COVID-19. Travelers from China must continue to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result for the purpose of travel to Germany and adhere to all COVID-19-related testing requirements. These measures will not apply to German citizens residing in China who are traveling to Germany.  

All other travelers entering the country will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test result.  


This article was originally published on 6 June 2022 and was updated on 13 June to reflect new information.  

13 June 2022 Update: The government of Germany lifted COVID-19 related entry restrictions on 11 June 2022. All travelers will be permitted to enter the country regardless of the purpose of travel without having to undergo COVID-19 related protocol.  

Travelers will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, unless the traveler is arriving from an area of variant concern.  

These measures will not apply to travelers residing in the People’s Republic of China, who will still be required to adhere to COVID-19 entrance protocols and will need to demonstrate an important reason for entering Germany. These measures do not apply to German citizens residing in the People’s Republic of China who are traveling to Germany.


Key Points 

  • Reduced COVID-19 related entrance requirements for fully vaccinated travelers arriving from low-risk COVID-19 areas as of 1 June 2022  

Overview  

As of 1 June 2022, the government of Germany reduced COVID-19-related entry requirements and quarantine requirements for certain travelers. Under these new measures, fully vaccinated travelers arriving from areas that are not regions of variant concern will be permitted to enter Germany without presenting proof of a COVID-19 vaccination certificate, proof of recovery from COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test result.  

Travelers who have spent 10 or more days in an area of variant concern will need to register prior to arrival, provide proof of a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of departure, and undergo a 14-day quarantine period.  

Currently, no countries or regions are classified under the area of variant concern list. For additional COVID-19 related entrance information, click here.  

What are the Changes?  

The government of Germany reduced COVID-19 related entrance measures for fully vaccinated travelers arriving from countries with low risk of COVID-19 variants. Travelers entering the country should ensure that they hold the appropriate immigration authorization prior to arrival, where applicable.  

Looking Ahead  

The government confirmed that these newest measures will remain in place until 31 August 2022. Continue to check the government of Germany’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.  


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This article was published on 6 June 2022 and may not be the most recent update concerning COVID-19 entrance restrictions, testing requirements and quarantine measurers. For the most recent updates be sure to check our Global Mobility Resource Center.

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.

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Jessie is Envoy's Global Immigration Writer.

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