FOR ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES:
- U.S. citizens an LPRs do not currently need to show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test result, nor documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States
- The CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.
Note: Exceptions to the vaccination requirement will be considered on an extremely limited basis.
- Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- CDC Info Specialists are available to answer questions at: +1 (800) 232-4636
FOR ENTRY INTO GERMANY, SEE BELOW:
Entry and Exit Requirements
- Are there COVID-related entry requirements for U.S. citizens? Yes.
- U.S. citizens who are residents of China must demonstrate an important need to travel (due to reciprocity).
- All other U.S. citizens can enter Germany for all purposes, including tourism.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.
- Travelers who have been in an RKI-designated virus-variant area in the last 10 days must present a negative PCR test, not older than 48 hours, regardless of vaccination or recovery status. A rapid antigen test is not accepted in this case.
- Travelers from all other areas are NOT required to show a negative COVID-19 test for entry.
- Children under the age of 12 do not need to provide proof of a negative test, regardless of prior travel.
- Please refer to the German Foreign Office’s information for travelers and the Frequently Asked Questions on the German Interior Ministry’s website.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.
- All travelers, including children under the age of 12, who have spent time in a virus-variant area in the last 10 days must quarantine for 14 days, even if they have been vaccinated. There is no possibility of ending quarantine early.
- All other travelers are not required to quarantine.
- Please see the German Federal Ministry of Health’s website for more details.
- You can find the most up-to-date information on COVID testing in Germany on the federal government’s website (in German). Travelers may incur charges for COVID-19 tests, although these vary by location.
- 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.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- Are vaccines in Germany available for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes.
- The German government has authorized several vaccines, including the Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, and Novavax vaccines. Please visit the German government’s Frequently Asked Questions about the coronavirus vaccine and this list of state vaccination websites (in German) for further information about vaccination in Germany.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- The German Health Ministry posts up-to-date information in English about COVID-19 in Germany at: https://www.zusammengegencorona.de/en/ (“Together Against Corona”)
- Additional information in German can be found at Robert Koch Institute.
- CDC page on COVID-19
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Country Information – Germany
- Re-open EU – Country-Specific EU Travel Information
- U.S. State Department Office of Overseas Citizen Services: 888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444
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.