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As of June 12, 2022, travelers are no longer required to show a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery to enter the United States. However, all nonimmigrant, non-citizen air travelers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States. Exemptions to the vaccination requirement will be considered on an extremely limited basis. Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about vaccination exemptions.
- The Department of State has issued a Level 2 (Exercise Increased Caution) Advisory for Germany.
- The German CDC-equivalent, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), provides daily updates in German and English on the number of reported cases, fatalities, and recoveries.
- Germany has removed most COVID-19 restrictions, but restrictions may vary across regions. Please check individual state websites (in German) for details.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Germany? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 24 hours? Yes
- 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
- 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 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 vaccinesin 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. As of June 11, travelers from all countries except China can enter Germany for all purposes, including tourism. Residents of China will need to demonstrate an important need to travel (due to reciprocity).
- Effective June 11, 2022, travelers are no longer required to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, or a negative COVID-19 test result to enter Germany, unless they are entering from an RKI-designated virus variant area (see more information below).
- Please refer to the German Foreign Office’s information for travelers and the Frequently Asked Questions on the German Interior Ministry’s website.
- Digital Registration on Entry: Persons entering Germany who have spent time in an RKI-designated virus variant 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?
- Travelers who have been in a 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.
- Children under the age of 12 do not need to provide proof of a negative test.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?
- 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.
- Please see the German Federal Ministry of Health’s website for more details.
- Is a curfew in place? No.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.
- Are commercial flights operating? 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.
- 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