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COVID-19 Information
November 2, 2022


  • 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



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.

Quarantine Information

  • 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.

COVID-19 Testing

  • 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.

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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.