As of 13 May 2021: New regulations for travelers entering or transiting in Germany

As of 13 May 2021 (date of planned entry into Germany) new regulations will apply for entry into the Federal Republic of Germany.

The most important points at-a-glance:

  • Fully vaccinated or recovered persons no longer need a negative Covid-19 test and no longer have to go into quarantine. This does not apply to those entering from virus-variant areas - here, a general testing obligation applies before entry and a 14-day quarantine obligation for all entrants

  • Travelers are considered vaccinated if they have completed their vaccination series more than 14 days ago with a vaccine approved in the EU. These are currently the vaccines from BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. The proof of recovery must be a PCR/LAMP/TMA test proof that is at least 28 days and at most six months old

  • The negative Covid-19 test result at time of departure, which may be required for entry, must be done no more than 48 hours (antigen)* or – new – no more than 72 hours (PCR, RT-LAMP or TMA) before the time of entry into Germany (time of swab). The corresponding negative test certificate or, if applicable, proof of vaccination or immunity must be presented before departure and upon entry

  • After a stay in a simple risk area, quarantine can be avoided with the still obligatory Covid-19 test before entry. Again, fully vaccinated or recovered persons do not need to prove Covid-19 testing

  • Certificates are accepted in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish; self-tests are not valid

  • Fully vaccinated or recovered persons are exempt from quarantine when entering Germany from risk and high incidence areas. Passengers who have tested negative are also exempt from quarantine when entering from risk areas. This requires uploading proof of vaccination/immunity or testing as part of the Digital Registration on Entry (DEA). Alternatively, proof can be provided to health authorities after entry

  • The Digital Registration on Entry (DEA) remains mandatory for all travelers, regardless of risk classification. There are only a few exceptions to these rules

  • The above-mentioned proof of vaccination/immunity and testing requirements also apply to transfer passengers who are entering Germany for transit purposes only. The only exceptions are transfer passengers traveling from a non-Schengen state to a non-Schengen state

Transfer via Frankfurt and Munich: Simplified rules for passengers

Simplified rules now apply for passengers traveling to Germany on an international flight with a connecting flight to a Schengen country. Provided that the entry requirements of the destination country are met by the guests, a transfer in Germany (including entering into the Schengen area) is now possible. Prerequisites are a confirmed ticket for the onward flight within 24 hours and/or other documentation for the onward journey. The required proof of a negative Covid-19 test, the vaccination against Covid or the immunity is still required (exception non-Schengen to non-Schengen). This rule does not apply to passengers from virus variant areas.

For detailed up-to-date information on quarantine and testing requirements for entry into Germany, please visit

» Learn more about entry into Germany

* Exception: Antigen tests only 24 hours if arriving from virus variant areas

22.05.2021 16:45  CET