Entry regulations

Regulations for persons entering Germany by airplane

Obligatory testing when entering Germany by airplane

As of March 30, 2021, all persons entering the Federal Republic of Germany by airplane must submit a negative test result to the carrier prior to departure.

This testing and verification obligation applies regardless of whether the transport takes place from a risk area. The smear test on which the test is based must not have been taken more than 48 hours before entry into the Federal Republic of Germany.

Transport ban from areas of variant of concern

Please note: In order to prevent the spread of variants of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in the Federal Republic of Germany, the Federal Government has issued a legal ordinance banning the transport of persons entering the country from so-called “areas of variant of concern” - subject to very narrowly defined exceptions. The period of validity of the ordinance was extended by a further 14 days. The travel ban will be in effect until midnight on April 28, 2021.

Individuals covered by one of the narrowly defined exemptions under the Coronavirus Protection Order must comply with the registration and testing requirements of the Coronavirus Entry Order and your state's quarantine regulations.

Entering Germany from a risk area or high incidence area

If you are entering the Federal Republic of Germany and have spent time in a risk area or a high incidence area within the 10 days prior to entry, according to Land law you are generally required to proceed directly to your own home, or other suitable accommodation, immediately upon arrival and remain exclusively at this location for a period of 10 days after your entry into the country (quarantine). Violations can be punished as an administrative offence with a fine of up to 25,000 euros.

Register before entering

Before entering the country, you are required to register (registration form) and carry the confirmation with you when travelling. This confirmation will be checked by your carrier and potentially also by the Federal Police in the context of the entry control. Moreover, the Federal Police also carries out such border controls when performing its border police duties (e.g. if you enter Germany by road).

Should you, for want of the necessary technical equipment or because of a technical malfunction, be unable to conduct a digital registration on entry, you will be required to fill out a substitute registration. Please refer to the substitute registration for information on where to submit it (e.g. to the carrier or to Deutsche Post E-POST Solutions GmbH, D-69990 Mannheim).

Negative test result

With regard to the obligation to quarantine, please refer to the law of the federal Land that applies to you and consider that, as a rule, the 10-day quarantine can only be lifted with a negative test result at the earliest after the fifth day following entry.

Even if you do test negative, you are required to contact your competent health office without delay should symptoms typical of an infection with the SARS-CoV2 coronavirus (difficulties breathing, newly developed cough, fever or loss of smell or taste) emerge within 10 days of entry into the country.

More information

Corona and Travel

Here you will find information about the Corona Test Center and the rules of conduct at the airport.