Germany is open to visitors from the EU, Schengen and some third parties countries. Different entry restrictions apply to the countries listed in red. (See details below)
Travelers arriving in Germany who have spent a period in a risk area 10 days before entry are subject to a mandatory COVID-19 test and may need to be quarantined.
As of April 18, visitors to the UK are no longer considered a risk to German public health and will not need to be quarantined upon arrival.
Germany reopens – latest updates
April 20 – Germany unifies local and national restrictions to fight the third wave of COVID-19
Germany, as usual, is taking the third wave of COVID-19 cases it has begun to see in recent weeks very seriously.
A few days ago, Cabinet members approved legal changes to give the federal government sufficient power to impose consistent restrictions related to COVID-19 in all German states. This means that all regions, no matter how large or small, will need to comply with the new federal laws, now called “federal emergency brakes”.
“We must not ignore the cries for help from the medical profession. They need us, ” […] “Our fight against the pandemic needs to be more rigorous and resolute”, […] “The national emergency brake is long overdue,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel, emphasizing that Germany is “approaching the traffic light at the end of the tunnel.”
From now on, and until March 24 the country remains in a strong blockade, since even with the implementation of vaccination, the number of worrying cases and cases (new strains of COVID-19) has not decreased to a point that the authorities can consider safe.
Prime Minister Angela Merkel expressed her expectations for a safe reopening of Germany in the spring of 2021; with vaccination and widespread testing being the tools that can enable this.
In his speech to the Heads of Government of the Länder, she exposed the different stages of reopening and how to get from one to the other. Regions that manage to keep the desired low numbers for 14 days may move on to the next phase.
Countries, areas and territories of “concern”
Germany has changed its color-coded classification to new “areas of concern variation”, “areas of high incidence”, “areas of risk” and 2 regions that are no longer considered areas of risk. “So, from April 20, this is how it goes,
1. New areas of concern variation
- There have been no changes since the last report.
2. New areas of high incidence
3. New areas of risk
- Portugal including the autonomous region of the Azores and the region of the Algarve
- Spain and the Castile-La Mancha Autonomous Community
- United Arab Emirates (no longer an area of high incidence)
4. Regions that are no longer considered areas of risk
- Finland including the Pirkanmaa region
- Ireland including the Midwest and Southeast regions
- United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland incl. Isle of Man, Channel Islands and British Overseas Territories (except Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Falkland Islands)
Can Americans visit Germany?
American citizens are not allowed to visit Germany at the moment, unless it can be an urgent and really compelling reason to do so.
What are the restrictions in Germany for travelers visiting a risky area?
Visitors from a risk area -even if it’s in an unrestricted country- have to,
- Submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test done 48 hours prior to arrival to avoid quarantine.
- Do an additional test if the one the visitor brings does not meet German standards.
Current situation of COVID-19 in Germany
Although Germany has had 3,171,524 confirmed positive cases and 80,946 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has been widely praised for its initial response to the outbreak, being today considered an example to be followed by neighboring nations.
Its rapid containment efforts, massive testing and extensive public communication and transparency have allowed Germany to maintain a low death toll since the end of May.
With 83.149.3 billion inhabitants, the country registers an average of 180 deaths per day.
What activities are prohibited during the national blockade?
Tourist and social activities
As of April 6, the Federal State of Saarland reopened tourist sites, such as bars, restaurants, cinemas and sports facilities, with the proviso that a negative result of the rapid test for COVID-19 infection was presented at the entrance.
Retail, museums, galleries, zoos and botanical gardens can reopen by appointment.
Outdoor dining, theaters, concert halls, operas, cinemas and sporting events. Attendants may need to provide a quick test, depending on the epidemiological numbers in the region.
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