Coronavirus (COVID-19)

30.07.2021 - Article

Germany is introducing a universal COVID documentation requirement for entry to the country, effective as of Sunday, August 1, 00:00 hrs. CET. More Details are available here.

Important information

The following applies to travelers from the US:

As of July 30, 2021, the US is not categorized as either a high-risk area or a virus-variant area. Please duly check the RKI website (pdf in English) in any event for possible changes prior to your planned departure.  

Obligation to provide proof to airline, status as of July 30, 2021

All air travelers 12 years and older who are entering the Federal Republic of Germany from the US must show prior to departure that they are either fully vaccinated, fully recovered, or have tested negative for COVID-19.

  • Travelers who received all the required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine cited on the website of the 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.

Travelers who are neither fully vaccinated nor fully recovered must continue to present a negative COVID test prior to departure. Both PCR tests and rapid antigen tests are accepted. A list of approved rapid antigen tests that meet the requirements of the Robert Koch Institute for entry can be found here (English version can be seen here). The PCR test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to entering Germany; the rapid antigen test, no more than 48 hours.

Transit travelers with a destination outside Germany who do not leave the international transit area of the airport do not need to present a negative test prior to departure.

Important: Please additionally inform yourself prior to departure of any possible covid-related requirements of your respective airline.


Frequently Asked Questions

Germany has lifted all restrictions for all residents of the United States, regardless of their nationality. This includes U.S. citizens, immigrants and non-immigrants.

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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