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Can I Travel to Germany Again?

Yes, if you come from an EU or Schengen-Country. No but, if you hail from the rest of the world. But let’s take a closer look which I hope you will find useful.

Please keep in mind that the worldwide COVID-19 situation is volatile and travel restrictions may change at short notice, so please do check the official resources linked frequently.

General Situation

Quarantine

Land Borders

Air and Sea Borders

Domestic Travel

Further Information

Disclaimer

General Situation

Since June 15th, 2020 travellers from EU-Countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, and the UK can enter Germany again.

Travel from outside the EU is limited to countries that meet certain criteria agreed by the European Council such as an average of COVID-19 cases similar to the EU average and stable or sinking case numbers over the past 14 days.

As of July 1st, 2020 14 countries were on on the EU Go-Travel list, however, each EU country hast to deceide About allowing entry individually. Travellers from the following eight countries will be allowed to enter Germany from Thursday July 2nd, 2020

      • Australia
      • Canada
      • Georgia
      • Montenegro
      • New Zealand
      • Thailand
      • Tunisia
      • Uruguay

China, Japan and South Korea could be added to the list soon, provided their gouvernments will allow EU citizens entry in return.

Quarantine Upon Entry

June 15th, 2020 has also marked a turning point regarding quarantine, which will be is no longer mandatory if you are travelling from EU-States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, and the UK in most federal states. The final decision is with each state government, however, so please check out individual regulations. Germany Travel has a helpful list with links to all 16 state governments‘ websites.

The COVID-19 situation in each country is also plays an important role in reaching quarantine decisions. The Robert Koch-Institut, the federal authority for disease prevention, continuously updates a map of affected countries on its website.

+++Sweden still considered a High Risk Area. Expect mandatory quarantine and/or testing when travelling from Sweden to Germany in most German states+++A lockdown is in effect in the county of Gütersloh (North Rhine-Westfalia) due to a local outbreak until July 6th, 2020+++ [updated June 30th, 2020]

 

Land Borders

All German land borders are open. Currently there are no checkpoints and all border crossings can be used.

 

Air and Sea Borders

Open internal EU-borders were reinstated on July 15th, 2020.

As mentioned above, entry from outside the EU continues to be restricted for man countries. German nationals will be allowed to return from thoese countries as well as travellers holding a German permanent residency permit or long term visa. All other travel is restricted to a narrow band of exceptions such as

    • Professional Reasons
      Health care workers, Transportation workers, seamen, active diplomatic or military personel
    • Family-Related Reasons
      Travelling with a German spouse, or as a custodian of a German child; moving back to your German spouse
    • Medical Reasons
      Urgent medical treatment
    • Education-related Reasons
      Continuing your vocational or academic Training, also commencing a training in healthcare

According to the Federal Border Police the following reasons are not acceptable:

    • Visiting friends and relatives
    • Au-pair stays
    • School exchanges or trips
    • Entry with intent to marry
    • Touristic or shopping trips

Your claim to have a legitimate reason to enter should be supported by plenty of documentation. The final decision is taken at the border by Border Police officers.

Domestic Travel

Long-distance trains and buses run as usual. Some rural bus services may still operate on reduced schedules. All interstate, state and local roads are open.

As Germany is a federal state, rules and regulations will differ from state to state. Each state has the responsibility to re-introduce measures if the rate of COVID-19 cases should start to rise again. A threshold of no more than 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants over a seven-day period per county/municipality has been set. There is an interactive map at the Robert Koch-Institut’s webpage (click on the Landkreise-tab in the header to see all the counties).

As of June 2020 these points still apply more or less nationwide:

    • Social Distancing is key: Keep a 1.5-2M distance, do not gather in large groups.
    • Wear a simple face mask on public transport, in trains, planes, and enclosed public spaces, especially shops, malls, and supermarkets.
    • Hotels and other accommodations accept private/leisure reservations. Spa areas, swimming pools or night clubs are closed. Many hotels are fully booked for the summer.
    • Restaurants, cafés, and beer-gardens have re-opened with reduced seating capacity and strict hygiene protocols.
    • The operation of bars and clubs remains restricted.
    • Large events are cancelled including all summer open air festivals as well as the Munich Oktoberfest.
    • Museums, zoos, cinemas, theatres are open.
    • Recreational facilities such as golf or tennis courses, bike and boat hire, hiking trails, and beaches are open.
    • Mountain huts have opened for the summer season, but most can only take few overnight guests due to space restrictions.
    • As things stand some cities even consider putting on Christmas Markets as usual.

+++Summer Holidays in some states have begun+++Popular destinations such as the North and Baltic Sea coast or the Bavarian Alps are v e r y  crowded+++The entire state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, including the Baltic seashore and islands as well as the Mecklenburg inland lakes, still off limits for day tourists. Proof of overnight booking required. Fines of up to 2,000 Euros+++ [updated June 30th, 2020]

Further Information

Information in English is available from the Federal Foreign Office and the Ministry of the Interior.
Daily updated Reports on the COVID-19 Situation can be found on the English eebsite of the Robert Koch-Institut.

Disclaimer

This post is meant as a quick reference for non-German speakers. The information given is of a general nature and cannot substitute careful research of up to date official resources. While every care was taken, the author assumes no responsibility for topicality, correctness, or completeness.

Any feedback, updates or corrections are highly appreciated.

Save travels everyone!

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