Germany relaxes travel rules for vaccinated non-EU residents: what you need to know

Germany relaxes travel rules for vaccinated non EU residents what you

What changed ?

There is great news for anyone wishing to plan a sightseeing trip to Germany from outside the EU: on Friday June 25, Germany lifted entry restrictions for fully vaccinated people from many non-EU countries.

Travel has so far been largely prohibited for people outside the EU since the pandemic began in early 2020. Only people with exceptional reasons have been allowed to enter the country.

“The federal government will allow entry from third countries for fully vaccinated people,” the Home Office said when announcing the plans last week, adding that the move would once again open up the possibility of tourism.

It comes after Germany put more countries on the “safe list,” opening up borders to a multitude of places, including the United States. For countries on the safe list, restrictions are relaxed even more – travelers can provide proof of being fully vaccinated, a recent negative Covid-19 test, or proof of recovery from Covid to enter Germany.

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But unfortunately for people in the “virus variant areas of concern” – including the UK – there are still some very strict restrictions.


So what does this mean in practice?

To visit Germany from a non-EU country, you must have received a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

These are currently Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, AstaZeneca and Johnson and Johnson. People in Germany are counted as “fully vaccinated” on the 15th day after their last dose of vaccine.

The government says the vaccine list will be extended in the future “provided the necessary tests have been carried out.”

“For fully vaccinated people, entry from third countries will usually be re-authorized from June 25, 2021,” the Home Office said.

“The traveler must have received the last dose of vaccination needed for a full vaccination (in the case of a person who has recovered from the coronavirus, only one dose is needed) at least 14 days before the date of travel. “

Photo: picture alliance / dpa / PA Wire | Steve parsons

What proof do i need?

Proof that you have been fully vaccinated should be an official document issued by a recognized health authority in your country of residence.

The German government says the EU Covid digital pass or comparable proof of vaccination in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish must be presented upon entry into Germany. This certificate must include the following information:

The personal details of the person vaccinated (at least the first and last name plus your date of birth) The date (s) of vaccination and the number of doses of vaccination The name of the vaccine The name of the disease against which the person has been vaccinated The name and address of the person or institution responsible for vaccinating the person Confirmation in written or electronic form with the qualified electronic signature or qualified electronic seal of the person who carried out the vaccination; if for administrative reasons this is not possible, an appropriate format such as a stamp or state symbols should be used to clearly identify the responsible person or institution.

Keep in mind that a photo of a vaccination certificate will not be accepted – it should be a digital or paper pass.

Germany has deployed its health pass in collaboration with the EU. But it is not yet widely available to people outside the EU.

As for children, Germany allows unvaccinated children under the age of 12 to enter the country with proof of a recent negative test result.

“Given the uncertainty surrounding the vaccination of young people, unvaccinated children under the age of 12 are allowed to enter Germany if they show proof of a negative test result and travel with at least one fully vaccinated parent. “, specifies the government.


What if I am not vaccinated? Can I take a test and visit Germany?

If you are an adult and have not been vaccinated and are not from a country on the “safe list”, you will not be allowed entry except for one essential reason. A negative Covid test will therefore not allow entry.

Third-country nationals traveling from countries on the government’s safe country list do not need a vaccine to enter the country. There are 15 countries on the list (as of June 25), including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan. Thailand, Hong Kong, Israel and the United States.

The entry ban does not apply to German citizens or members of their immediate family and to citizens of the EU and Associated States and members of their immediate family.

A yellow vaccination record. Photo: picture alliance / dpa | Jörg Carstensen

These restrictions also do not apply to non-EU countries that have a current long-term residence permit from an EU or Schengen area country and their family members. immediate, provided they comply with passport and visa regulations.

What about these areas of “viral variants”?

If you are from a country that Germany classifies as an “area of ​​concern for virus variants,” you will not be allowed entry. Non-essential travel to Germany from the UK, South Africa, Brazil and India, for example, will continue to be banned, even for those who have been fully vaccinated.

So if you have been to one of the viral variant countries on the list in the last 10 days before your trip to Germany, you will not be allowed entry unless you are a resident of Germany.

Are there any other restrictions I should know about?

You may also need to register online at before entering Germany. This is the case for anyone who has been in a risk area, high incidence area, or variant area of ​​concern in the past 10 days.

You should also keep in mind that airlines may have their own restrictions, such as mandatory testing. So check before you travel.

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Are things going to change?

Maybe, and it will depend on the Covid situation.

Keep in mind that restrictions on entry to areas at risk for coronavirus may still apply in the future, even if the infection situation in Germany has eased.

The Bundestag passes a law that allows entry restrictions to be maintained for countries hardest hit by the pandemic.

The new regulations provide that the corresponding legal decrees can continue to apply for one year after the end of the epidemic situation. They can then also be changed if deemed necessary.

You should therefore keep an eye on the list of risk statuses of the Robert Koch Institute of Germany in case there are any changes.

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The country you are traveling from may also have warnings or advice for traveling to Germany, so this is a factor to consider as well.

And the Delta variant?

German officials and health experts have expressed concerns over the Delta variant, which has spread rapidly in the UK, even though there is a high vaccination rate.

Germany has taken tough measures to restrict travel from countries with variant viruses, and those entering from those countries (eg residents or citizens) must complete a 14-day quarantine.

Keep an eye on the situation in your country and monitor developments.

Please keep in mind that this article, like all of our guides, is intended to provide assistance only. They are not intended to replace formal legal advice.

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