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October 14, 2021

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions on visa issues related to COVID-19

 

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken no more than three days before their flight departs. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.   Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel.  There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.  Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at GermanyACS@state.gov. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. 

Country-Specific Information

  • The Department of State has issued a Level 3 – Reconsider Travel Advisory for Germany. 
  • The German CDC-equivalent, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), provides  daily updates in German and English on the number reported cases, fatalities, and recoveries.
  • The COVID-19 situation in Germany is improving, and many restrictions have been lifted across the country. Restrictions are based on regional COVID-19 rates, specifically hospitalization rates due to COVID-19.  As the situation will vary across regions, please check individual state websites (in German) for details.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Germany? Yes 
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes 
    • You can find the most up-to-date information on COVID testing in Germany through the German Ministry of Health. 
    • U.S. citizens in Germany can obtain a COVID-19 test by visiting this website (in German) to book an appointment, or by calling 116 117 to be connected to the local health authorities who will explain testing options.
    • Travelers may incur charges for COVID-19 tests, although these vary by location. Residents who are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will have access to free rapid testing. See this page for more details (in German).

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  • Has the government of Germany approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes.
  • Are vaccines in Germany available for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes, if resident in Germany. 
  • Which vaccines are available in Germany?  
    • The German government has authorized the Pfizer/BioNTechModernaAstra Zeneca, and Johnson & Johnson vaccinesThe Astra Zeneca vaccine is currently recommended only for people above the age of 60 years. 
    • See this link for a list of all state vaccination websites. 
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States, and click here for information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination. 
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination. 

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes. Residents of the United States who are fully vaccinated are allowed to enter Germany. Those who are not fully vaccinated will need to demonstrate an important need to travel. Please see this link for more details.
  • Digital Registration on Entry: Persons entering Germany who have spent time in an RKI-designated high-risk or virus-variant area in the 10 days prior to entry are required to submit a digital registration on entry. As of August 15, 2021, the United States has been designated as a high-risk area.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? 
    • All travelers ages 12 and older must submit proof of vaccination (with a vaccine listed on this website), proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the last 6 month, or a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter by air, land, or sea. 
    • Both PCR and rapid antigen tests are accepted; a PCR test must have been taken less than 72 hours prior to entry to Germany, a rapid antigen test less than 48 hours prior to entry.
    • Travelers who have been in a virus-variant area in the last 10 days must present a negative test, regardless of vaccination or recovery status.
    • Please see this link for more details.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? YES.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? It depends on where they are traveling from and their vaccination status.
    • All travelers coming from a virus-variant area must quarantine for 14 days, even if they have been vaccinated. There is no possibility of ending quarantine early.
    • All travelers from high-risk areas, including the United States, except those with proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the last 6 months, must quarantine for 10 days. The quarantine can be ended with a negative test taken after 5 days. Children under the age of 12 can end quarantine automatically after 5 days, even without a test.
    • Please see this link for more details.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? YES. There may be bans on flights coming from countries designated as virus variant areas.
  • Is public transportation operating? YES
    • Medical grade masks (surgical masks, or masks meeting the N95, KN95, or FFP-2 standards) are required on all public transportation. No passengers may sit in the front seat of taxis. 

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • According to the Ministry of Health, violations of quarantine may be prosecuted as an administrative offense, punishable with a fine of up to 25,000 Euros. 

Consular Operations

  • The U.S. Embassy in Berlin and the Consulates in Frankfurt and Munich are offering a limited number of passport and citizenship services appointments. See this website for more information. 
  • The U.S. Embassy in Berlin and the Consulates in Frankfurt and Munich are offering a limited number of visa services. See this website for more information. 

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