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COVID-19 Information
Last updated:  06/09/2021

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. 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 – Advisory advising U.S. citizens not to travel to Germany due to COVID-19. 
  • 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 based on regional COVID-19 rates, specifically the 7-day-incidence as reported by RKI. As the situation will vary across the country, please check individual state websites (in German) for details. The “federal emergency brake” restrictions will apply if the regional 7-day-incidence as reported by the RKI rises above 100 for 3 days in a row. These include contact restrictions, curfews, and limited ability to visit non-essential stores and cultural venues. Please see this link for details.  
  • Those who are fully vaccinated (15 days after the second shot of a two-dose vaccine or the first shot of a one-dose vaccine) with a vaccine listed here, as well as those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months, are exempt from many of the restrictions. Please see the federal guidelines here and check individual state websites for details.

COVID-19 Testing: 

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in GermanyYes 
  • 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 are entitled to one free COVID-19 rapid test per week and may have access to free COVID-19 PCR testing 

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/BioNTech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The Astra Zeneca vaccine is currently recommended only for people above the age of 60 years.
    • Those who fall into the priority groups can register for a vaccine appointment with their states. See this link (in German) 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? No (with a few exceptions, see below) 
    • Germany will currently only allow EU citizens, EU residents, and residents of certain other specific countries to enter. The United States is not one of those countries. U.S. citizens traveling to Germany from the United States will not be permitted to enter unless they meet one of only a few narrow exceptions. If you do not meet one of these exceptions but believe your circumstances merit entry to Germany, or if you need clarification, you should contact the German Embassy in Washington D.C. regarding entry permission.  The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Germany cannot give you permission to enter Germany. 
  • Persons entering Germany who have spent time in an RKI-designated risk area in the 10 days prior to entry are required to submit a digital registration on entry. 
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? YES, a negative COVID-19 test is required to enter Germany. 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. The test must meet the criteria laid out by RKI, and travelers will not be allowed to board their flights without a negative result.
    • The testing requirement is waived for those who are fully vaccinated (15 days after the second shot of a two-dose vaccine or the first shot of a one-dose vaccine) with a vaccine listed here, as well as those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months unless they are entering from virus variant area. Please see further information here. 
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? YES, potentially including mandatory COVID-19 testing at the airport for certain travelers.

Movement Restrictions: 

  • Is a curfew in place? YES, in certain states, and depending on vaccination status. Please see individual state websites (in German) for specific details. 
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No. However, travel within Germany is strongly discouraged, and some hotels may not allow overnight hotel stays for tourists. Some districts may not allow outside visitors to enter. 

Quarantine Information: 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? It depends on where they are travelling from and their vaccination status.
  • Each federal state within Germany sets its own quarantine regulations. Travelers should check the specific quarantine requirements and possible exemptions for their intended destination within Germany. In general, a person arriving from another country who has spent time in the last 10 days in a country the RKI defines as a risk area or high-incidence area or who has been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 must self-quarantine for 10 days. A person arriving from virus variant area must self-quarantine for 14 days. See this link for the most current information. 
    • Those who are fully vaccinated (15 days after the second shot of a two-dose vaccine or the first shot of a one-dose vaccine) with a vaccine listed here, as well as those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months, do not need to quarantine unless they have been in a virus variant area. Please see the federal guidelines here and check individual state websites for details. 
  • In most states, quarantine can be ended by a negative molecular biological (also called a genetic, RNA, or PCR) COVID-19 test conducted, at the earliest, 5 days after arrival. Some states will exempt arriving travelers from the self-quarantine if they can show a negative molecular biological COVID-19 test from an accredited lab conducted in the 48 hours prior to their entry. Travelers entering Germany from a virus variant area will not be able to end quarantine early by testing negative. Please note that antibody tests are NOT accepted by German authorities at this time as proof that a traveler is negative for COVID-19.  

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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