Updated March 27, 2020
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- The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens not to travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.
- The German CDC-equivalent, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), has confirmed 42,288 cases of COVID-19 within Germany’s borders. We have observed a one-to-two-day lag in these numbers as they move from German states to the federal level.
- There are 253 reported fatalities from COVID-19 within Germany.
- Effective March 16, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Berlin and Consulates General Frankfurt and Munich have suspended routine consular services. For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please contact the Embassy or appropriate Consulate General.
- U.S. citizens who are considering a return to the United States are urged to make travel arrangements as soon as possible and while flights are still available. Some airlines continue to operate but do so on a greatly reduced schedule. Transportation links to international destinations, including the United States, are becoming increasingly limited. Travelers should be prepared for the possibility that air carriers may further reduce or eliminate currently available commercial flight options with little advance notice.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Germany, along with other EU member states, is limiting entry to EU citizens and residents. U.S. citizens who are not residents of the EU and do not fall into one of several narrow exceptions will be denied entry to Germany. Travelers should be prepared for the possibility that additional travel restrictions will be implemented with little or no advance notice. The most up-to-date information on German border and airport control measures can be found here: German MoI – FAQ
- Germany has implemented temporary border closures along its borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, and Denmark. Deliveries of goods, as well as the crossing of registered commuters will be allowed to continue.
- Germany has implemented the use of passenger locator cards for all individuals entering Germany by air, rail, ship, and bus.
- Infected individuals are treated in hospital isolation until infections have passed and patients are judged to no longer pose a risk to others.
- The German health ministry advises that anyone who has been in contact with a person diagnosed with the COVID-19, or who have spent time in a risk area, should contact the health office responsible for their location, even if they have no symptoms. You can find the search function for locating the responsible health office here.
- The German government has banned all gatherings of more than two individuals who do not live in the same household. Most movement within the country is also restricted to the purchase of essential products, the commute back and forth from work, and medical related travel.