Traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic – entry restrictions mostly lifted (2023)

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As of Saturday, June 11, 2022, all COVID-19 entry restrictions to Germany will be provisionally lifted. From this date, entries to Germany will again be permitted for all travel purposes (including tourism and visiting trips). However, persons residing in the People's Republic of China still need an important reason to enter Germany (due to reciprocity) - this does not apply to German citizens residing in the People's Republic of China. For entry into Germany, proof of vaccination, proof of convalescence or proof of testing is no longer required.

For areas of variant of concern (currently no states are designated as virus variant areas) further entry restrictions would apply.

Entry regulations

The German government classifies countries with widespread occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 virus variants of concern as so-called areas of variant of concern. The list of areas of variant of concern is available on the website of the Robert Koch-Institute.

Travellers that have stayed in an area of variant of concern within ten days prior to their entry to Germany must observe special regulations. A travel ban applies for these areas. Transport companies may not transport any persons from these countries to Germany unless exceptions apply. Travellers are required to register before entry, provide a negative PCR-test result and quarantine for 14 days. Detailed requirements are specified below.

For travellers entering from other countries (no prior stay in an area of variant of concern) no special requirements apply on entry. In particular, neither registration nor a negative test result are necessary.

Travel bans from countries affected by coronavirus variants​​​​​​​

A travel ban is in place for countries with widespread occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 virus variants of concern (referred to as areas of variant of concern). Transport companies, e.g. air carriers and railway companies, may not transport any persons from these countries to Germany. There are only a few, strictly defined exceptions to this travel ban, namely for:

  • German citizens and persons who are resident in Germany with a current right to reside in the country, as well as their spouses, partners (if entering Germany from outside the EU or the United Kingdom / Northern Ireland: only partners living in the same household) and minor children
  • persons catching a connecting flight who do not leave the transit zone of a passenger airport and
  • few other special cases.

Persons qualifying for these exceptions must nevertheless complete a digital entry registration before entering the country, undergo mandatory testing or provide proof of immunity, and comply with the applicable quarantine regulations for travellers entering the country. Further information is provided below.

Travellers can find more information about the travel ban on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interiorand Community (BMI),the website of the Federal Ministry of Healthand this information leaftlet. The list of areas of variant of concern is published on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.

Digital entry registration for areas of variant of concern

Travellers who have visited aarea of variant of concern in the last ten days must register at www.einreiseanmeldung.de before arriving in Germany and carry proof of registration with them upon entry. Exemptions to this registration requirement apply in particular to persons who

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  • have only passed through anarea of variant of concern without a stopover,
  • are only passing through Germany, or
  • in the case of border traffic: persons who have spent less than 24 hours in an area of variant of concern or are only entering Germany for a period of up to 24 hours.
  • cross-border commuters and border crossers as specified on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health

If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

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Travellers can find more information in the followingfact sheet (also available in other languages) as well as on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

Mandatory testing for areas of variant of concern

Persons over the age of12 who have stayed in an area of variant of concern in the ten days prior to their entry to Germany, are obliged to carry proof of their COVID‑19 status when entering Germany. They must present a negative PCR test result: a rapid antigen test or proof of recovery or vaccination is not sufficient. As a rule, COVID‑19 test results must not be more than 48 hours old at the time of the (planned) entry. However, if entering Germany with a carrier (e.g. an airline), PCR tests may be taken a maximum of 48 hours before the (scheduled) start of the journey (e.g. departure time).

Travellers who are only transferring at an airport in Germany are also required to present proof of their COVID‑19 status. This applies both to non-Schengen transit from or to third countries outside the EU and to transit from or to Schengen states.

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The negative test result, proof of recovery or proof of vaccination must be shown to the carrier for examination prior to departure. Only in the case of cross-border rail travel or cross-border short sea transport may the relevant documentation be presented during transit. Proof must also be shown to the German border authorities upon entry if requested.

More detailed information is available on the website of the Federal Minsitry of Health.

Quarantine regulations for entries from areas of variant of concern

A requirement to self-isolate is in place in Germany pursuant to the Federal Ministry of Health’s Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations.

Under the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations, persons entering Germany following a stay in anarea of variant of concern in the last ten days must

  • proceed directly to their destination following entry and
  • self-isolate there for 14 days (quarantine).

During this quarantine, travellers may not leave the house or flat or receive guests.

Quarantine ends automatically if the relevant country is no longer classified as an area of variant of concern.

Exemptions from the requirement to quarantine:

Exemptions from the requirement to quarantine apply to persons who:

  • have merely passed through an area of variant of concern without a stopover,

  • are only passing through Germany and leaving the country via the fastest route available,

  • in the case of border traffic from areas of variant of concern: persons who have spent less than 24 hours in a risk area or are only entering Germany for a period of up to 24 hours,

  • are cross-border commuters and border crossers as specified on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health with the proviso that the work they carry out is urgently required and critical to maintaining operational procedures.

More information is available on the website of the Federal Ministry of Healthand this Information leaflet.

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How to conduct yourself when in Germany?

Mouth and nose must be covered aboard any public transport. Masks must fulfill the requirements of FFP2.

If travellers develop symptoms associated with COVID-19 (coughing, a runny nose, sore throat or fever) they should get in touch by phone with a doctor or contact the hotline 116 117. Often travel guides or hotels can also help in such cases. Travellers should keep the contact details of their home country’s embassy or consulate in Germany in case they need to contact them.

Extensive information in English and other languages on current regulations is available here.

A overview on what to do to help protect yourself and others is available here:

Coronavirus – Informationen and practical advice.

Watch out for local regulations

Measures for fighting the spread of COVID-19 are subject to local regulation.

The international advice on reducing the spread of COVID-19 should be followed. This includes washing hands regularly and thoroughly with soap for 20-30 seconds, sneezing into the elbow or the quick disposal of handkerchieves or tissues, keeping a distance from other people and avoiding shaking hands. Further information and details can be found on the World Health Organization’s Website.

Where possible, travel should be reduced and public transport avoided to further reduce the risk of infection.

Where to find more information

More information is available from the following institutions:

Information on coronavirus and regulations in English and other languages

Ministry of the Interior

Ministry of Health

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The World Health Organization

Robert Koch Institute

FAQs

Can I travel during the pandemic? ›

Consider getting tested before travel. Follow CDC's recommendations for wearing masks in travel and public transportation settings. Get tested after travel if your travel involved situations with greater risk of exposure such as being in crowded places while not wearing a high-quality mask or respirator.

Can i travel to the United States unvaccinated? ›

If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you will NOT be allowed to board a flight to the United States, unless you meet the criteria for an exception under the Proclamation and CDC's Amended Order. A booster dose is not needed to meet this requirement.

Do you still need a Covid test to enter the US? ›

Before boarding a flight to the U.S., you will need to show a paper or digital copy of your test result for review by the airline and may be requested to show to public health officials after you arrive in the U.S.

Are US travel restrictions still in place? ›

CDC's order requiring proof of vaccination for non-citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers on CDC's website.

Are Covid travel restrictions still in place? ›

You do not need to take any COVID-19 travel tests or self-isolate on arrival in England if you qualify as fully vaccinated. The testing and quarantine rules for international travel to England will change 11 February 2022. You can now choose a lateral flow test or a PCR test as your post arrival test.

How people travel preferences has changed over the recent years? ›

Less than thirty years ago, transportation was mostly done by cars, buses, trains, and even boats. While there were some flights, they were typically really expensive. Taking a flight was a luxury. Nowadays, flights command the majority of travel and allow us to save time reaching quickly the most of destinations.

What is the difference between traveling and Travelling? ›

The spelling tends to vary based on whether you're writing UK or US English: In UK English, “travelling” (double “l”) is standard. In US English, “traveling” (one “l”) is correct.

Should I be traveling right now? ›

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you should avoid travel until you've had all recommended COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses.

Can i fly to Florida unvaccinated? ›

COVID test is not required when arriving in the USA. All arrivals to Florida, including citizens and residents, are recommended to present a negative PCR test upon arrival. Vaccinated arrivals from any country can enter as tourists.

Do I need a booster to be fully vaccinated? ›

The definition of fully vaccinated does not include a COVID-19 booster. Fully vaccinated, however, is not the same as having the best protection. People are best protected when they stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, which includes getting a booster when eligible.

Do you need to be vaccinated to enter the US by car? ›

Starting in January 2022, however, all inbound travelers seeking to enter the United States via land ports of entry or ferry terminals – whether for essential or non-essential reasons – must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination.

Do I need Covid test to enter Mexico? ›

To this day, there are no entry restrictions in Mexico and no obligation to carry a COVID test or to do quarantine. Check the current status of the pandemic in Mexico and follow the sanitary rules to prevent contagion (information only in Spanish).

Can i go to Canada unvaccinated? ›

1, 2022, you can travel to Canada unvaccinated as travel restrictions have been lifted.

Does California have travel restrictions? ›

All travelers arriving in or returning to California from other states or countries should test 3-5 days after arrival. All travelers who test positive or develop symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate and follow public health recommendations.

Is travel declaration form still required? ›

It is not currently a requirement for travellers to complete this to enter New Zealand. The system helps protect New Zealand and will support travellers to follow border rules. It was an important tool used in supporting the safe reopening of New Zealand's borders during 2022.

Can you travel to Europe unvaccinated? ›

Travellers should be allowed to enter the EU if they meet one of the following conditions: they have completed the full primary vaccination series of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the EU or the World Health Organization (WHO) and fewer than 270 days have passed since the completion of that series.

Why is it important to keep up with the latest travel trends? ›

Keeping up-to-date with the latest tourism trends can be essential for finding work and achieving career success in the tourism industry.

What do you think are the following new travel trends this 2022? ›

Longer Trips

According to Evolve's 2022 travel forecasts, the average trip will likely be longer in length (5-7 nights in 2022, compared to an average of 3.8 nights in both 2020 and 2021). Longer trips will be increasing in demand as a result of the many work-from-home opportunities too.

How will travel trends change in 2022? ›

Some of the stronger emerging travel trends for 2022 will include people opting for staycations or weekend getaways in villas or holiday resorts, preferring mini-holidays over one big annual trip, and an added demand for travel packages, offers, and value-adds.

Does vacation mean travelling? ›

Vacation, in English-speaking North America, describes recreational travel, such as a short pleasure trip, or a journey abroad. People in Commonwealth countries use the term holiday to describe absence from work as well as to describe a vacation or journey. Vacation can mean either staying home or going somewhere.

Is walking the same as travelling? ›

In basketball, travelling is a violation of the rules that occurs when a player holding the ball moves one or both their feet illegally. Traveling is also called, predominantly in a streetball game, "walking" or "steps".

Is driving travelling? ›

Traveling often refers to moving in a vehicle as the passenger, and not the driver. Essentially, driving is when you are in control of the vehicle whereas traveling means you have no control of the vehicle or where it goes.

Should I still wear a mask on a plane? ›

But the truth is, there is still a lot of virus out there — and not just Covid-19. “Data from many experimental and observational studies supports the use of face masks to prevent the spread of Covid, as well as other respiratory viruses,” says Wallace.

Do you still have to wear a mask on a plane? ›

As a result of a court order, effective immediately and as of April 18, 2022, CDC's January 29, 2021 Order requiring masks on public transportation conveyances and at transportation hubs is no longer in effect.

Where should US citizens not travel? ›

These practices represent a threat to the safety of all U.S. citizens traveling, working, and living abroad." The State Department already labels Burma, China, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea and Russia as "do not travel" countries, its most serious travel advisory label.

Can i travel to Florida unvaccinated? ›

COVID test is not required when arriving in the USA. All arrivals to Florida, including citizens and residents, are recommended to present a negative PCR test upon arrival. Vaccinated arrivals from any country can enter as tourists.

Are you allowed to fly with a cold? ›

It is recommended that if you have a cold that you do not fly; this should be enforced by airlines in the case of aircrew, and aircrew are required to self-report any symptoms of cold, flu, or similar.

What are the new set of rules and travel guidelines pandemic when you are going to visit tourist destination like Boracay after its rehabilitation? ›

Before entering the island, visitors are required to have a negative RT-PCR result not earlier than 48 hours prior to travel. Travellers should also have pre-booked accommodation arrangements with DOT-certified establishments and have their visit registered online.

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