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18.01.2022 - Article

Important information

Please consider the following when travelling to Germany from the U.S.,  Saturday, December 25th, onwards:

a)      Travelers who are full vaccinated:

  • Please fill out the digital registration on entry at and carry the confirmation with you when entering the Germany. The confirmation will be checked by the carrier and may also be checked by the Federal Police within the framework of its responsibilities as a border control agency.
  • Travelers older than 12 years of age must carry with them a proof of full vaccination and, if demanded by the carrier, present such proof for the purpose of carriage. This proof must be uploaded via the travel portal at Einreiseanmeldung.de.
  • Travelers who have not uploaded their vaccination status at must make their way directly to their home upon arrival and remain isolated there for a period of ten days (home quarantine). In such cases quarantine at home may be ended prematurely if proof of vaccination is submitted via the Federal Republic of Germany entry Portal Einreiseanmeldung.de.
  • Please additionally inform yourself prior to departure of any possible covid-related requirements of your respective Airline.
  • If you received the Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine, only people who received two jabs are considered fully vaccinated.

b)      Travelers with an important reason to enter Germany:

  • Please fill out the digital registration on entry at Einreiseanmeldung.de  and carry the confirmation with you when entering the Germany. The confirmation will be checked by the carrier and may also be checked by the Federal Police within the framework of its responsibilities as a border control agency.
  • Travelers older than 6 years of age must carry with them a test result or proof of recovery and, if demanded by the carrier, present such proof for the purpose of carriage. This proof must be uploaded via the travel portal at Einreiseanmeldung.de. 
  • Travelers who have not uploaded recovery status must make their way directly to their home upon arrival and remain isolated there for a period of ten days (home quarantine). In such cases quarantine at home may be ended prematurely if proof of recovery or a negative test result is submitted via the Federal Republic of Germany entry Portal (Einreiseanmeldung.de). Otherwise Quarantine can be ended in each case from the time the negative test result has been submitted. The test may not be conducted earlier than five days after entry.
  • Please additionally inform yourself prior to departure of any possible covid-related requirements of your respective Airline

Who is regarded as fully vaccinated or recovered?

  • Travelers who received all the required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine cited on the website of Paul Ehrlich Institute are considered fully vaccinated (Comirnaty is known in the U.S. as Pfizer). It must be at least 14 days since the last vaccine dose was administered. On entry, travelers must have proof of vaccination in written (e.g. CDC card) or digital form (a cellphone photo is not sufficient). Vaccinated travelers must additionally show no relevant symptoms.
  • Travelers who can prove they were previously infected with COVID through a positive PCR test, taken at least 28 days but no more than six months prior, and who show no relevant symptoms are considered to be fully recovered.
What sort of COVID-test is accepted, if a test needs to be done in Germany?

Both PCR tests and rapid antigen tests are accepted.

Transit via Germany

Transit travelers with a destination outside Germany who do not leave the international transit area of the airport need to present a negative test or proof of full vaccination or proof of recovery prior to departure to Germany. Please follow entry regulations for your country of destination in any case and also check with your airline for further demands on their side.

Frequently Asked Questions

As of 23 December, every person over the age of six is obliged to carry proof of their COVID‑19 status when entering Germany. Persons over the age of six must therefore have a negative test result or proof of recovery or vaccination when entering Germany. As a rule, COVID‑19 test results (antigen or PCR tests) must not be more than 48 hours old at the time of the (planned) entry. However, if entering Germany with a carrier (e.g. an airline), PCR tests may be taken a maximum of 48 hours before the (scheduled) start of the journey (e.g. departure time). But antigen tests must not be taken more than 48 hours before the (scheduled) time of arrival in Germany even if travellers are being transported by a carrier.

Travellers who are only transferring at an airport in Germany are also required to present proof of their COVID‑19 status. This applies both to non-Schengen transit from or to third countries outside the EU and to transit from or to Schengen states.

The negative test result, proof of recovery or proof of vaccination must be shown to the carrier for examination prior to departure. Only in the case of cross-border rail travel or cross-border short sea transport may the relevant documentation be presented during transit. Proof must also be shown to the German border authorities upon entry if requested.

Travellers entering Germany from areas of variant of concern must present a negative PCR test result: in this case a rapid antigen test or proof of recovery or vaccination is not sufficient. If using a carrier to enter Germany, the PCR test result must be less than 48 hours old at the time of the (scheduled) start of the journey. Furthermore, the German authorities may require travellers to take additional PCR tests after entering the Federal Republic of Germany, in particular at their point of arrival (e.g. at the airport).

No information is currently available about how those with a foreign vaccine card (e.g. from the US) can receive a digital COVID certificate which is recognized in Europe. Talks are currently underway regarding recognition of international vaccinations (i.e. received outside the EU). As soon as such information becomes available, we will communicate on this site.

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