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Country-specific travel warnings due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Since October 1, 2020, comprehensively differentiated travel and safety information and travel warnings have been in effect for individual countries. You are replacing the general travel warning for non-European countries that existed until September 30th.

The basic rule with regard to COVID-19 is:

  • A travel warning for unnecessary tourist trips still applies in principle to all countries that are classified as risk areas by the federal government.
  • For countries for which entry is only possible to a limited extent, for which quarantine is planned after entry or which do not allow unrestricted travel in an overall view, tourist trips that are not necessary are generally discouraged.
  • For countries in which the incidence of infection is low and there are unrestricted travel opportunities and no other reasons speak against it, the travel warning is lifted and particular caution is advised.

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You can find out what applies to your country of travel in the travel and safety information for your country: www.diplo.de/sicherheitreisen

You can find more about this in our FAQ.

Importance for travelers

A travel warning is an urgent appeal by the Federal Foreign Office not to undertake such trips. The travel warning is not a travel ban. Travelers decide on their own responsibility whether to go on a trip.

The existence of a travel warning can, however, have indirect legal effects, for example for the validity of travel health insurance. For this purpose, travelers should contact their insurance service provider.

Even if there is no travel warning for a country, travelers should always inform themselves about the travel and safety information. These also contain important information on entry restrictions, quarantine regulations for travelers and other restrictions.

The infection situation in a country can also change quickly. Travelers should therefore keep themselves informed during a trip.

Discussion and withdrawal of the travel warning

The warning about unnecessary and tourist trips due to COVID-19 is strongly related to the classification of a country as a risk area. If a country exceeds the number of newly infected people in relation to the population of 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants cumulatively in the last 7 days, it can be classified as a risk area and a travel warning can be issued as a result. Conversely, the lifting of the travel warning depends on an improvement in the infection situation. It is not a matter of snapshots, but of a stable trend in the numbers.

In addition to the numbers, other criteria also play a role in the classification. These include, for example, the type of outbreak (locally limited or extensive), the test capacities, the number of tests carried out per inhabitant, the rate of those who tested positive and measures taken in the states to contain the infection (hygiene regulations, contact tracking, etc.). Travelers should also find out about possible quarantine regulations on return from the authorities in their federal state. Those affected can find a list of the responsible state authorities here.

Information on the occasion of COVID-19

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COVID-19

Status: May 18, 2021
General information
The spread of COVID-19 and the occurrence of mutations continue or again in many countries to sometimes drastic restrictions in international air and travel traffic, entry restrictions, quarantine measures and adverse effects on public life such as curfews.
Changes to the entry and quarantine regulations are sometimes made without prior notice and with immediate effect. Some countries require a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result for entry.
In the event of infection and, in some cases, also in suspected cases such as a positive COVID-19 test abroad, the quarantine requirements of the travel country must be followed; retrieval cannot take place. In these cases, a longer stay in the country can be expected until a negative test result is obtained.
Before unnecessary, tourist trips in a large number of countries becomes currently warned. Country-specific travel and safety information has been in effect without restriction since October 1, 2020.
The Federal Chancellor and the heads of government of the federal states have called on all citizens several times, most recently on March 22, 2021, to avoid any unnecessary contact and to stay at home if possible.
Also all professional and private trips that are not absolutely necessary, especially tourist trips abroadare to be avoided.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), for all countries the World Health Organization WHO and, for example, Johns Hopkins University provide current numbers of new infections in Europe.
The European Union offers detailed information on the epidemiological situation, measures and restrictions in the country, as well as entry and transit regulations including quarantine and test regulations and apps for contact tracing in the countries of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. open EU, also available as a free app as an Android version and an iOS version.
Participation in cruises is strongly discouraged due to the special risks involved. (As part of the federal-state resolution of November 25, 2020 - river cruises within the EU or Schengen with special hygiene concepts are excluded from this. This also excludes cruises on ships with specific hygiene concepts whose voyage begins in a port in Germany and without berthing in a foreign port ends in a port in Germany.)
Random checks are increasingly being carried out at internal borders.
Entry restrictions
Since March 17, 2020, uniform EU-wide entry restrictions for unnecessary trips from third countries have been in effect. These restrictions also apply in particular to entries into Germany. The Federal Ministry of the Interior provides details on this.
The entry of German citizens, EU citizens entitled to free movement and their family members and third-country nationals with a place of residence and a valid residence permit in Germany is still possible.
The new Coronavirus Entry Ordinance of May 12, 2021 brings together the provisions of the original Coronavirus Entry Ordinance, the Coronavirus Protection Ordinance and the Model Quarantine Ordinance. In this way, it regulates the registration, quarantine and test verification obligations nationwide as well as the ban on transport from virus variant areas.
The ordinance includes a general test verification requirement for air travelers. In principle, these people - regardless of whether they were in a risk area - must present a negative test result to the carrier before departure.
In addition, when entering the Federal Republic of Germany after a stay in a foreign risk, high incidence or virus variant area, special test and verification obligations and a quarantine obligation must be observed. When entering from so-called virus variant areas - subject to very narrowly limited exceptions - there is a ban on passenger transport by train, bus, ship and flight directly from these countries. Vaccination and recovery certificates can replace a negative test certificate and release you from entry quarantine. This does not apply to previous stays in a virus variant area.
The Robert Koch Institute publishes a list of the currently identified risk areas, which is regularly checked and coordinated by the Federal Ministry of Health, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs and the Foreign Office.
The Federal Ministry of Health has published detailed questions and answers on entries from high-risk, high-incidence and virus variant areas.
I. Obligation to register
Entrants who have previously stayed in the ten days prior to entering risk areas must, from the age of six, submit a digital entry registration (DEA) at www.einreiseanmeldung.de and bring proof of registration with them when entering Germany.
The Federal Ministry of Health provides further information on the registration requirement, a replacement notification in paper form in the event of a lack of technical equipment and on exceptions.
II. Obligation to provide evidence
Travelers who have reached the age of six must either travel by air or have previously stayed in a high-incidence area
- a test certificate,
- proof of recovery or
- proof of vaccination,
present to the carrier, e.g. the airline, or upon entry.
Travelers from a virus variant area must always present proof of test; proof of recovery or vaccination is not sufficient.
Entrants and return travelers who do not arrive by air (i.e. by land or sea) and have stayed in a risk area (not a high-incidence or virus variant area) in the last ten days must not exceed 48 hours after entry
- a test certificate
- proof of recovery or
- have proof of vaccination.
The classification of an area at the time of entry is always decisive.
Evidence may also be requested when the Federal Police conduct immigration checks in Germany.
Proof of the absence of an infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish in embodied or digital form is recognized as proof of the test.
Nucleic acid amplification techniques (PCR, LAMP1, TMA2) and antigen tests must meet the requirements of the Robert Koch Institute. The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices offers an overview of all recognized tests.
At the time of entry (planned arrival time in Germany), PCR tests must not be older than 72 hours, rapid antigen tests not older than 48 hours, and when entering from virus variant areas not older than 24 hours. The Federal Ministry of Health has published FAQs on this.
Vaccinated is anyone who has received all of the required doses of a Covid-19 vaccine listed on the Paul Ehrlich Institute website. At least 14 days must have passed since the last vaccination dose. In addition, vaccinated persons must not show any relevant symptoms.
Anyone who can show a positive PCR test that was at least 28 days and a maximum of 6 months ago and has no relevant symptoms is considered to have recovered.
Evidence of full vaccination or recovery can be presented in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish in embodied or digital form. Photographed embodied evidence does not count as digital evidence. Digital evidence should have been issued digitally in digital form by the authorized exhibitor and digitally transmitted to the authorized party.
Further information on the treatment of vaccinated and convalescents can be found on the Federal Government's website.
III. Separation obligation
According to the new coronavirus entry regulation, entry or Returnees from abroad who have been in a risk area within the last ten days prior to entry must be kept for ten days immediately after entry until June 30, 2021 (quarantine at home), and 14 days for entry from a virus variant area.
During the quarantine, it is not allowed to leave the house or apartment and receive visitors. This measure serves to protect your family, neighbors and everyone else around you. Violations of the quarantine rules can be punished with fines.
The domestic quarantine can be ended prematurely if proof of recovery, a vaccination certificate or a negative test certificate is submitted via the entry portal of the Federal Republic of Germany at www.einreiseanmeldung.de.
After a previous stay in high-incidence areas, testing can be carried out five days after entry at the earliest. For recovered and vaccinated persons with previous stay in a high incidence area, however, the quarantine also ends immediately when they submit the recovery certificate or the vaccination certificate. After staying in a virus variant area, however, it is not possible to end the quarantine prematurely.
IV. Exceptions
For entries from high-risk areas and high-incidence areas (not virus variant areas), there has been no quarantine obligation for vaccinated and recovered persons since May 9, 2021 according to the COVID-19 Protective Measures Exception Ordinance.
Further information on the treatment of vaccinated and convalescents can be found on the Federal Government's website.
In order to maintain the community and economic activity, certain groups of people can be exempted from the obligation to provide evidence and segregation when entering from risk areas for quarantine regulations, depending on the implementation of the federal states, such as for short stays of up to 72 hours for compelling professional and family reasons. Exceptions for the cross-border movement of people, goods and goods for work-related reasons are available for stays of less than 24 hours such as cross-border commuters from the obligation to register and provide evidence for risk areas.
Transit travelers from high-risk and high-incidence areas by land or sea are exempt from the registration, proof and segregation requirements under certain circumstances. This includes transit without stopping through a risk area before entering Germany, as well as transit through Germany using the fastest route.
For people who have been in a virus variant area in the last ten days prior to entry, there are no exceptions to the test and registration and, to a lesser extent, exceptions to the quarantine obligation.
The Federal Ministry of Health has published detailed questions and answers on entries from high-risk, high-incidence and virus variant areas.
V. Prohibition of carriage from virus variant areas
There is a ban on cross-border rail, bus, ship and air transport for people from virus variant areas, with the exception of
1. the transport of persons with German citizenship or with a place of residence and right of residence in the Federal Republic of Germany (provided that the carrier notifies the Federal Police Headquarters at least three days before the planned entry),
2. the transport of persons who in the Federal Republic of Germany only transfer in an international transit area of ​​a commercial airport,
3. pure mail, freight or empty transports,
4. the repatriation of aircraft, ships and crews,
5. Transport with personnel in the interest of public health, ambulance flights and flights for the transport of transplant organs as well as necessary accompanying personnel,
6. Carriage for urgent humanitarian reasons,
7. Carriage on behalf of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the United Nations and its organizations.
The Federal Ministry of the Interior provides information on exceptions.
If necessary, in coordination with the Prime Minister of the federal state, the Federal Ministry of the Interior allows further exceptions for systemically important commuters in the border regions for entry from virus variant areas, which are necessary to maintain the functionality of companies according to Section 2 of the guidelines for exercising the free movement of workers during COVID 19 outbreak of the European Commission (2020 / C 102 I / 03) are indispensable.
Recommendations before starting a trip abroad
- Refrain currently still in accordance with the federal-state resolution on all professional and private trips that are not absolutely necessary, especially tourist trips abroad.
- If you are staying in a virus variant area, it is essential to inquire with your airline about the current conditions of carriage and possible changes to the flight plan.
- You should continue to be particularly careful with all absolutely necessary trips abroad.
- If necessary, seek medical advice and postpone travel plans, especially if you belong to a risk group.
- Prepare yourself carefully for all trips abroad and observe our travel and safety information.
- Inquire about COVID-19 measures both for your means of transport and at your travel destination, e.g. via the Re-open EU page or use the free app as an Android version or iOS version.
- Before you start your journey, it is essential to find out about the latest entry regulations from the representative of your travel destination.
- Have flight connections and conditions of carriage confirmed by your airline before you start your journey.
- If necessary, arrange a rapid PCR or antigen test in good time, if your target country requires one. Test centers at the airports in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Berlin-Brandenburg, Rostock and Wiesbaden offer rapid throat swab tests (for a fee).
- If possible, book flights that can be rebooked and accommodations that can be canceled in the event that the pandemic situation on site worsens again.
- Follow hygiene measures such as keeping your distance and wear face masks, especially in transport, at airports, train stations and harbors.
- Keep yourself informed about the epidemiological development in your travel country, e.g. via the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
- Use the Corona warning app and any apps made available at your travel destination.
- Prepare for possible additional costs in the event of an extended stay and, if necessary, have your credit line increased.
- Follow the instructions of local health authorities, even if you have ordered quarantine measures that may have to be completed abroad, sometimes at your own expense.
- Keep registering in our crisis prevention list and keep your entry up to date.
- Check the validity and scope of your travel health insurance cover and expand it if necessary.
- Make sure you have a sufficient supply of the necessary medication, even in the event of an extended stay abroad.
- Book tickets online if possible and avoid queues at sales counters.
- Please note the information in the COVID-19 leaflet as well as on the websites of the WHO, the RKI and the BZgA including the information there on the global pandemic situation.
Recommendations before starting your return journey to Germany
- When returning to Germany, note the applicable registration, test and quarantine obligations under our information on entry restrictions and quarantine regulations. The Federal Ministry of Health offers detailed questions and answers on entry from high-risk, high-incidence and virus variant areas.
- Make a digital entry registration (DEA) on www.einreiseanmeldung.de for a maximum of three, at least one day after your stay in a risk area before entering Germany and have the proof of registration with you on entry.
- Please note further information from the Federal Police and the BMI on travel restrictions and border controls.
- Please also note the detailed information from the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Government on COVID-19 in Germany.

Quarantine and test / proof obligation when entering from risk areas

With the new entry ordinance, uniform regulations on registration, quarantine and test / proof requirements have been made.

If you are staying in a risk area, you must register at www.einreiseanmeldung.de within 10 days prior to entering Germany.

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, a full COVID-19 vaccination or recovery from a COVID-19 infection is also required if you have previously stayed in a high-risk or high-incidence area or if you are entering by air. If you have previously stayed in a virus variant area, a negative COVID-19 test result is always required.

After a previous stay in a high-risk or high-incidence area, a quarantine of 10 days must be observed, which can be shortened under certain conditions. After a previous stay in a virus variant area, the quarantine is 14 days and cannot be shortened.

Further information can be found here and on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

Quarantine measures abroad and return trips

If necessary, travelers should discuss questions about their return journey directly with their tour operator. The German missions abroad are also available to support travelers in individual cases, where this is necessary and possible.

If an infection is found, the authorities in that country will decide what action to take. As in Germany, the authorities can order quarantine measures. These also apply to travelers and must be followed. A return journey is usually not possible during this time.

The type of measures is based on the respective circumstances and developments in the individual case. Travelers should therefore observe the travel and safety information and keep themselves informed during their stay abroad - for example via the Safe Travel app or the newsletter on this website.

When entering from risk areas, areas with a particularly high number of cases (high incidence areas) and areas in which mutations of the coronavirus are spreading more intensely (virus variant areas), entries must be registered in advance, test and verification obligations must be observed, and quarantine must be observed after entry. You can find an overview of the regulations here.

Health prevention and treatment

Even abroad, travelers should observe preventive measures such as regular hand washing and the sneeze and cough label. Travelers can find recommendations for avoiding possible infection in the information sheet on the coronavirus, at the Robert Koch Institute or the World Health Organization and at www.infektionsschutz.de.

If travelers have symptoms of the disease, you should contact a doctor or medical facility by telephone while abroad. Travel companions, the travel company or the hotel can help here.

When can a package tour be canceled free of charge?

According to the legal regulations, customers can cancel a package tour free of charge if "unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances" occur at or in the immediate vicinity that significantly impair the implementation of the package tour or the transport of people to the destination.

A travel warning from the Federal Foreign Office is a possible indication, but not absolutely necessary. Even without a travel warning, the conditions for a free cancellation can be met.

If you do not want to go on a trip, you should contact your travel agent or tour operator. In addition to alternatives such as rebooking, the possibility of free cancellation on a goodwill basis can also be discussed.

You can find detailed information on travel cancellations here and on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

Where can I find more information?

New entry regulations (quarantine, test / proof requirement)

Frequently asked questions about the worldwide travel warning

Press release on the extension of the travel warning until August 31.

Frequent questions about entry from risk areas

www.z zusammen gegencorona.de

Travel and safety information

Information sheet on the coronavirus

Overview of the information offered by the Federal Government

Information from the Federal Ministry of Health

Information from the Federal Ministry of the Interior

www.infektionsschutz.de

Robert Koch Institute

World health organization

German embassies and consulates abroad