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New entry and transit regulations for Germany

As of 13 May 2021 (date of planned entry into Germany) new regulations will apply for entry into the Federal Republic of Germany.

The most important points at-a-glance:

  • Fully vaccinated or recovered persons are exempt from the testing requirement. However, this does not apply to entry from virus variant areas: Here, proof of testing is still required prior to departure
  • Travelers are considered vaccinated if they have completed their vaccination series more than 14 days ago with a vaccine approved in the EU. These are currently the vaccines from BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. The proof of recovery must be a PCR/LAMP/TMA test proof that is at least 28 days and at most six months old
  • The negative Covid-19 test result at time of departure, which may be required for entry, must be done no more than 48 hours (antigen)* or – new – no more than 72 hours (PCR, RT-LAMP or TMA) before the time of entry into Germany (time of swab)
  • Certificates are accepted in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish; self-tests are not valid
  • Fully vaccinated or recovered persons are exempt from quarantine when entering Germany from risk and high incidence areas. Passengers who have tested negative are also exempt from quarantine when entering from risk areas. This requires uploading proof of vaccination/immunity or testing as part of the Digital Registration on Entry (DEA). Alternatively, proof can be provided to health authorities after entry
  • The Digital Registration on Entry (DEA) remains mandatory for all travelers, regardless of risk classification. There are only a few exceptions to these rules
  • The above-mentioned proof of vaccination/immunity and testing requirements also apply to transfer passengers who are entering Germany for transit purposes only. The only exceptions are transfer passengers traveling from a non-Schengen state to a non-Schengen state

For detailed up-to-date information on quarantine and testing requirements for entry into Germany, please visit

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Please note: Due to last-minute changes in entry regulations, it may take some time until the content on this website is up to date. We ask for your understanding and patience.