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- Keep yourself informed about the status of entry restrictions in Germany
It cannot be ruled out that Germany will reintroduce entry restrictions, or tighten existing restrictions, in the event that the COVID-19 pandemic situation deteriorates. Therefore, kindly note the following:
- The visa issued does not in itself guarantee that entry to Germany will be granted.
- Whether or not entry to Germany is granted is decided by the competent German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) only upon your arrival at a German airport/border. The German diplomatic and consular missions abroad cannot take any responsibility in this regard.
- Therefore, please make sure to carry along documents evidencing the purpose of your travel every time you seek to enter Germany so as to be able to present them at border control.
We therefore urgently recommend visiting the website of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (homepage article “Coronavirus: Frequently Asked Questions”, then under “Travel restriction/border control”) in any case prior to your intended travel so as to obtain up-to-date information on whether you can expect to be granted entry to Germany upon your arrival: https://www.bmi.bund.de/.
- Keep yourself informed about entry restrictions of other European countries
Prior to your travel to other member states of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, if any, please inform yourself about entry restrictions in force in those other countries consulting the competent authorities of such countries. It is possible that, while you may be allowed to travel to Germany, you may not be allowed to travel to those other countries (or through those other countries on your way to Germany).
- If you stayed in a “risk area” prior to entering Germany, you have to register online
Travelers to Germany who have stayed in a “risk area” within the last ten days before their arrival have to register online at www.einreiseanmeldung.de prior to their entry. They must be able to present proof of such registration when entering Germany. Please consult the website of the Robert Koch Institute to learn which regions/countries are currently being classified as risk areas (an English version of the respective list can be found at the bottom of the page): (https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html).
- If you stayed in a “risk area” prior to entering Germany, you need to get tested for COVID-19 and to self-quarantine
Persons who stayed in a risk area at any time during the ten-day period prior to their entering Germany need to be able to present a negative COVID-19 test result or a respective medical certificate within 48 hours after their entry at the latest. The test needs to be taken within 48 hours prior to entering Germany (i.e., the test must not be taken earlier).
Persons who stayed in a risk area with particularly high incidence or particularly contagious variants of the virus need to be able present proof of their not being infected with COVID-19 already prior to entering Germany vis-à-vis the German border control authority and the carrier used, if any. Information on which regions/countries are qualified as “high incidence” or “virus variant” risk regions is likewise provided on the website of the Robert Koch Institute (see above).
In addition, persons who stayed in a risk area at any time during the ten-day period prior to their entering Germany generally have to self-quarantine for a period of ten days.
Important note: Presenting a negative COVID-19 testing result upon your arrival in Germany does, as a general rule, not exempt you from the obligation to self-quarantine. Persons travelling to Germany from a risk area may, however, shorten up the quarantine period by undergoing a COVID-19 test no earlier than five days following their entry to Germany and presenting the (negative) test result to the competent local health authority.
Travelers are strongly advised to check the regulations currently in place regarding testing and self-isolation obligations: