Current information for travellers
What should you pay attention to when travelling in Germany or abroad? What rules apply to flights? What regulations must be followed by travellers from risk areas? National and international regulations are continually adapted as the pandemic develops. Here you can find up-to-date and important information for travellers.
The coronavirus respects no borders and continues to spread all over the world. You should therefore avoid unnecessary travel until further notice. If a trip cannot be avoided, take the following precautions so that the virus does not travel with you.
Travelling within Germany
Regional coronavirus regulations in Germany are as diverse as the regions themselves. As a rule, you should find out about regional and local rules at your vacation location before starting on your journey. Simply go directly to the website of the federal state (Land) to which you would like to travel and get your information. Please note that some of this information is only available in German:
Many tourist regions also have their own websites where they offer information on the current regulations to control the pandemic.
In the rest of Europe and abroad, different rules apply and are constantly changing. You can find out what rules currently apply in different countries at the website of the Federal Foreign Office. Please check entry regulations there before starting your journey. Many countries currently do not allow entry if you are travelling from Germany.
Before travelling: health insurance, coronavirus test, Corona-Warn-App
Check and extend the validity of your travel insurance coverage if necessary. If your travel destination requires a PCR test, take the necessary measures to obtain it in good time. If you have not done so already, please download the Corona-Warn-App to your mobile phone. The App informs you anonymously and quickly if you have spent time in the vicinity of an infected person. The sooner you know this, the lower the risk that many more people become infected – whether during your trip or in your immediate environment. The Corona-Warn-App can be downloaded for free from the App Store and from Google Play.
When travelling: the DHM formula and local regulations
When travelling, it is hardly possible to avoid contact with other persons. That makes it all the more important to behave in keeping with the DHM formula: maintain a distance (at least 1.5 metres), observe the hygiene rules (proper coughing, sneezing and hand washing) as well as wearing face masks, in everyday life and when travelling, wherever people come into contact with one another. In many places, so-called surgical masks or even FFP2 or KN95/N95 masks are required, for example on buses or trains, as well as at airports and on planes. Moreover, in many European cities and regions you are also required to wear a mask when outside and in highly frequented areas. Please find out about the current regulations from your travel agent, the website of the target destination and the local authorities.
Special requirements during flights
During every stage of your flight, please follow the DHM formula (Distance, Hygiene, Masking up) – both on the plane, at the airport and on the way to the airport. Pay particular attention to the distancing rules when boarding or disembarking the plane and avoid creating queues, for example, in front of the on-board toilet. For your own safety, and that of your fellow passengers, please wear a so-called surgical mask, an FFP2 or a KN95/N95 mask when boarding, disembarking and while on the plane. Additionally, at the destination airport, ask about that country’s current national hygiene regulations. On the Robert Koch Institute’s website you can obtain information on the current requirements with respect to domestic and international flights.
Additional information sources
Deutsche Bahn provides tips for travelling safely on its website. Also find out about the COVID-19 measures, both for your means of transportation and for your travel destination, from a website such as the EU Commission’s Re-open EU . These rules for behaviour apply both on the way to your travel destination and when returning home.
Returning safely: the entry regulations
Entry restrictions currently apply to persons entering Germany from many countries. To prevent infections from entering Germany, strict rules apply, especially to persons entering Germany from risk areas. This includes the obligation to complete a Digital Registration on Entry, to undergo a coronavirus test and, depending on the Federal Land's regulations, to go into quarantine.
Special rules: risk areas, areas of variants of concern and high-incidence areas
Risk areas are currently divided into three categories with differing regulations in place in some cases: risk areas (increased risk of infection), high-incidence areas (especially high case numbers) and areas of variants of concern (regions in which so-called mutations have spread). The regions that currently fall into these categories can be found at the website of the Robert Koch Institute .
Digital Registration on Entry
All persons entering the country, who spent time in a risk area, a high-incidence area or an area of variants of concern, during the 10 days prior to entry, must use the Digital Registration on Entry to be found at: www.einreiseanmeldung.de . Carriers are required to verify evidence of the digital registration on entry. Persons entering from a country outside of the Schengen Area must also submit evidence of the digital registration on entry during entry control.
Test and quarantine obligation for persons returning from all risk areas
Whether you are entering by plane, rail, bus or car, persons returning from risk areas to any part of Germany are currently required to get tested for coronavirus. Any person who spent time in a risk area in the 10 days prior to entry must be in possession of a negative test result or a corresponding medical certificate at the latest 48 hours after entry. This document must be presented to the competent public health office on request.
Independently of the test result, an obligation exists to quarantine yourself in line with the regulations stipulated by the specific Federal Land. All persons entering from risk areas are required to quarantine themselves immediately for 10 days. A test for coronavirus taken at the earliest after five days' quarantine can end the quarantine if negative. The quarantine period cannot be curtailed if you are entering from an area of variants of concern. Since mutated coronavirus strains remain infectious for a longer period of time, a strict 14-day quarantine must be observed. Please find out which exact provisions apply in the specific Federal Land that you are entering.
Special rules for persons entering from areas of high incidence and areas of variants of concern
Alongside those above, additional rules apply to persons entering from areas of high incidence and areas of variants of concern. Persons entering from one of these areas must be able to already prove before entry – if necessary to the carrier – that they are not infected with the coronavirus. This proof can also be required during entry control.