Countries allowed to visit Germany

Is Germany Open for Tourists? – Latest Travel Restrictions

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Last update: 4/11/2021

Germany began allowing travelers from some countries to enter in July 2020. At the moment, it is not possible to travel to Germany for tourism purposes. Travelers from many countries can only enter Germany for essential reasons, German hotels do not allow overnight stays for tourists, and some German districts are not allowing outside visitors to enter.

Entry requirements depend on which country you are traveling from. Travelers from certain EU, Schengen Area, and other countries can enter Germany without restrictions. Travelers from the EU and Schengen Area “high incidence areas” must register online and have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of entry to Germany. They will also have to quarantine for 10 days from their arrival in Germany.

Travelers from the EU and Schengen Area “risk areas” must get tested for COVID-19 no more than 48 hours after arrival in Germany and obtain a negative result. They must also register online. On arrival in Germany, they will have to quarantine for 10 days.

Travelers from non-EU/Schengen “high incidence areas” and “risk areas” can only enter Germany if they have an urgent need for travel.

Can I travel to Germany right now?

You can travel to Germany from a few countries right now. Below is a map of all the countries that can visit Germany at the moment.

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  • Australia
  • China (including Hong Kong and Macao)
  • Croatia (just the counties of Bjelovar-Bilogora, Istria, Krapina-Zagorje, and Požega-Slavonia)
  • Denmark (just the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Midtjylland)
  • Finland (except for the regions of Uusimaa, Varsinais-Suomi, Ostrobothnia, and Satakunta)
  • Iceland
  • Netherlands (just Curaçao)
  • New Zealand
  • Norway (except for the counties of Oslo, Viken, and Agder)
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
High Incidence Areas
  • Estonia
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Malta
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden

Travelers from “high incidence areas” must register at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de/#/ and have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of arrival. They will also have to quarantine for 10 days from their arrival in Germany.

Risk Areas

  • Austria (the entire country except for Jungholz, Mittelberg / Kleinwalsertal, and Tyrol, which is a virus variant area)
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia (except for the counties of Bjelovar-Bilogora, Istria, Krapina-Zagorje, and Požega-Slavonia)
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark (except for the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Midtjylland)
  • Finland (the regions of Uusimaa, Varsinais-Suomi, Ostrobothnia, and Satakunta)
  • France (all of mainland France, French Guiana, Saint Martin, Mayotte, Réunion, and Saint-Barthélemy)
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands (except Curaçao)
  • Norway (counties of Oslo, Viken, and Agder)
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Spain (the entire country, including the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands)
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

Travelers from “risk areas” must register at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de/#/. They must also get tested for COVID-19 no more than 48 hours after arrival in Germany and obtain a negative result. On arrival in Germany, they will have to quarantine for 10 days.

Virus Variant Areas
  • Austria (the province of Tyrol; does not include Lienz [East Tyrol], Jungholz, or the Rißtal valley in the municipal area of Vomp and Eben am Achensee)
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Czech Republic
  • Eswatini
  • France (only the department of Moselle)
  • Ireland
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

The only people who can travel to Germany from “virus variant” countries and areas are German citizens and their immediate family, German residents, travelers who are transiting in Germany, medical staff, anyone who is traveling to Germany for humanitarian reasons (death of immediate family, medical treatment, etc.), and anyone traveling on behalf of the UN or International Atomic Energy Agency. More information on these exceptions is available here.

High Incidence Areas
  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Bahrain
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo
  • Lebanon
  • Mexico
  • Montenegro
  • North Macedonia
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Saint Lucia
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • United Arab Emirates
Risk Areas
  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • Comoros
  • Costa Rica
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Cuba
  • Djibouti
  • Dominican Republic
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Jamaica
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Russia
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Suriname
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Timor-Leste (East Timor)
  • Togo
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay
  • United States of America
  • Uzbekistan
  • Venezuela

Travelers can only visit Germany from “high incidence” and “risk” areas if they have an urgent need for travel, are German/EU/Schengen Area citizens, or have a long-term right of residence in an EU/Schengen country. Travelers who have acceptable urgent needs for travel include healthcare workers, diplomats, students, refugee-seekers, and passengers in transit. You can find more information on these exceptions here.

 

Germany COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements

Germany’s entry requirements are quite strict and depend on the country you are traveling from.

Germany reopening borders to tourists

Germany COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements

If you are traveling from certain EU, Schengen Area, and other countries, you can enter Germany without restrictions.

If you are entering Germany from an EU/Schengen “high incidence area,” you must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result that was obtained within 48 hours of entry to Germany. You must also register online and quarantine for 10 days from your arrival in Germany. However, you can end your quarantine period after 5 days if you can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

If you are traveling from an EU/Schengen “risk area,” you must get tested for COVID-19 no more than 48 hours after arrival in Germany and obtain a negative result. You must also register online and quarantine for 10 days from your arrival. You can end your quarantine early if you can prove that you have tested negative for COVID-19.

If you are traveling from a non-EU/Schengen “high incidence area” or “risk area,” you can only enter Germany if you have an urgent need for travel, such as if you’re a student, healthcare worker, or passenger in transit. If you are allowed to enter Germany, you will have to register online and obtain a negative result from a COVID-19 test (travelers from “high incidence areas” must have a negative COVID-19 test result from within 48 hours of arrival in Germany, and travelers from “risk areas” must get tested for COVID-19 no more than 48 hours after arrival in Germany). You must then quarantine for 10 days from your arrival in Germany unless you can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, which will allow you to end your quarantine early (after 5 days or more).

You cannot enter Germany from a “virus variant area,” except in very limited circumstances. If you do have a valid reason for entering Germany, you must register online and have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of arrival in Germany. You must also quarantine for 10 days from your arrival in Germany.

Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to Germany?

Travelers from “high incidence,” “risk,” and “virus variant” areas must get tested for COVID-19 in order to be able to enter Germany.

Travelers from “high incidence” and “virus variant” areas must have a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of arrival in Germany, meaning that they must get tested before they enter Germany.

Travelers from “risk areas” can get tested before or after entering Germany, but they must obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no later than 48 hours after entering Germany.

Travelers from other areas that are allowed into Germany do not have a COVID-19 testing requirement.

Acceptable tests include PCR, LAMP, TMA, and antigen tests. Proof of testing can be provided in paper or electronic form and must be in French, English, or German.

Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Germany?

There is a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Germany for travelers from “virus variant,” “high incidence,” and “risk” areas.

Germany reopening plan

Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Germany?

Travelers from all of these areas must quarantine for 10 days from their arrival in Germany. However, they may end their quarantine early if they obtain a negative COVID-19 test result from a test taken after 5 days of quarantine.

Germany’s federal states (Länder) also have their own quarantine regulations, so be sure to check the regulations for the area you will be visiting.

Travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage to visit Germany

It is not an entry requirement to have travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage to enter Germany, but you definitely shouldn’t travel without some kind of coverage.

If you’re looking for travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage, Heymondo is an excellent option. We’ve compared many different types of travel insurance and Heymondo emerged as the best choice because of their policies’ extensive coverage, particularly for COVID-19 testing and treatment abroad. You can even save 5% on their policies with the discount link below.

COVID-19 vaccine to travel to Germany

Although COVID-19 vaccine distribution has begun in most countries around the world, the government of Germany has not yet confirmed whether it will be mandatory to present a proof of vaccine record (POVR) or an international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis (ICVP) to enter Germany.

Germany has reopened for tourists

COVID-19 vaccine to travel to Germany

If you’re going to get the COVID-19 vaccine before traveling to Germany, I recommend taking a copy of a vaccination record or certificate with you in case Germany changes its travel restrictions.

Other travel restrictions for Germany during COVID-19

Germany has a few other travel restrictions in place:

  • All travelers from “virus variant,” “high incidence,” and “risk” areas must register online and present proof of registration upon arrival in Germany.
  • All travelers should download the Corona-Warn-App (for iOS/for Android).
  • All travelers will undergo health screenings upon arrival in Germany, which may include COVID-19 testing.
  • Face masks are required in all public areas.
  • Social distancing rules must be observed.
  • You may need a tourist visa to visit Germany. Check if you need one below.

What’s open in Germany

There aren’t many places that are open in Germany right now. Some hotels are open, but overnight stays for tourists are not allowed. Restaurants are closed, although there are plans to begin reopening them soon if infection rates are low enough. Attractions are slowly beginning to reopen.

Hotels that are open in Germany

At the moment, some hotels in Germany are open, but they are only allowed to host guests whose travel is essential. Hotels and other accommodations cannot host tourists for overnight stays.

The rules may change after March 22nd since the government is due to meet and discuss the situation for hotels then. More information on reopening regulations is available here (in German only).

Attractions that are open in Germany

Attractions, such as museums, galleries, and zoos, have slowly begun to reopen in many parts of Germany.

Germany reopens borders for tourists

Attractions that are open in Germany

From March 8th, attractions in areas with a stable 7-day rate of less than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants are allowed to reopen. Attractions in areas with stable or falling 7-day rates of less than 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants can reopen with appointment bookings. More information on reopening regulations can be found here (in German only).

Restaurants that are open in Germany

Restaurants in Germany are currently closed. Under Germany’s reopening plan, however, if infection rates remain stable or continue to fall, restaurants can reopen for outdoor dining.

The earliest restaurants would reopen for outdoor dining is March 22, 2021. You can find more information on Germany’s reopening plan here (in German only).

Airports that are open in Germany

Germany’s five busiest airports are all open and international flights are operating. The five airports are Berlin Brandenburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, and Hamburg.

Travelers must keep a distance of 2 meters away from others who are not in their household and wear face masks. They must also wash or sanitize their hands. Travelers will be subject to health screenings upon arrival in Germany.

Curfew in Germany

There is no nationwide curfew in place, but certain federal states do have their own individual curfews in place.

More information on the regulations for each state can be found here (in German only).

COVID-19 testing in Germany

Countries allowed to visit Germany

Where to get a PCR test in Germany – COVID-19 testing in Germany

Your country may require you to take a PCR test in order to fly back home. If you need to get a PCR test in Germany, you can find information on testing here.

Germany reopening its borders to tourists – F.A.Q.

Check out these FAQs related to Germany reopening for tourists and let us know if you have any other questions in the comments below.

Yes, you can travel to Germany from some EU and Schengen Area countries, as well as from a few other countries.

There are currently 122,000+ active cases and 71,000+ deaths due to COVID-19 in Germany as of today. The CDC classifies travel to Germany as “Level 4- Very High Risk.” If you have a pre-existing condition or any health condition that could increase your chances of serious illness, do not travel to Germany. Additionally, even if you are not high-risk, you should reconsider travel to Germany.

Yes, travelers from countries that are classified as “virus variant areas” are generally banned from entering Germany, although there are a few exceptions. You can find a list of “virus variant areas” here.

Yes, travelers from “virus variant,” “high incidence,” and “risk” areas must quarantine for 10 days from their arrival in Germany. However, it is possible for them to end their quarantine early if they obtain a negative COVID-19 test result from a test taken after 5 days of quarantine. You can find a list of “virus variant,” “high incidence,” and “risk” areas here.

Yes, travelers from “virus variant,” “high incidence,” and “risk” areas must get tested for COVID-19 to travel to Germany. Anyone traveling from “high incidence” and “virus variant” areas must have a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of arrival in Germany. Travelers from “risk areas” must obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no later than 48 hours after entering Germany. Acceptable tests include PCR, LAMP, TMA, and antigen tests.

Yes, certain German federal states have their own curfew rules. You can check the rules for each state here (in German only).

No, there are no restrictions on intercity and interregional travel, but travel within Germany is not recommended and some districts do not allow outside visitors to enter.

Yes, some of Germany’s hotels are open, but overnight hotel stays for tourism purposes are not allowed.

Yes, Germany’s five busiest international airports, Berlin Brandenburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, and Hamburg, are all open.

No, restaurants are closed at the moment.

Yes, some attractions have begun to reopen.

No, Americans cannot travel to Germany for tourism purposes at the moment. They may only enter Germany if they have an urgent need for travel.

No, Canadians cannot currently visit Germany as tourists. They can only travel to Germany if they have an urgent need for travel.

Sources

We will update this guide on Germany reopening to tourism with any new developments. If you need more information on travel to Germany, you can check these official sources:

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