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New regulations for entering Germany

New regulations apply to entry into the Federal Republic of Germany since May 13, 2021 (date of the planned entry into Germany).

The most important points at a glance:

  • Completely vaccinated or recovered persons are exempt from the principle of continuing to test. However, this does not apply to entry from virus variant areas: Here, proof of test is still required before departure.
  • Travelers are considered vaccinated if they completed their vaccination series with a vaccine approved in the EU more than 14 days ago. These are currently the vaccines from BioNTech / Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. Those who have recovered must be able to show evidence of a PCR test that is at least 28 days and a maximum of six months old.
  • The negative Covid-19 test that may be required for entry to Germany must be carried out at the earliest 48 hours (antigen) * or - new - no earlier than 72 hours (PCR, RT-LAMP or TMA) before entering Germany (time of the smear test) .
  • The certificates are accepted in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish; self-tests are not valid.
  • Fully vaccinated or recovered persons are exempt from the quarantine requirement when entering from high-risk and high-incidence areas. When entering from risk areas, passengers who tested negative are also exempt from the quarantine obligation. The prerequisite for this is the uploading of a vaccination / immunity or test certificate as part of the digital entry registration (DEA). Alternatively, the evidence can also be made available to the health authorities after entry.
  • The digital entry registration (DEA) or a substitute registration remains mandatory for all entrants with a few exceptions - regardless of the risk classification.
  • The above-mentioned obligations to provide evidence and / or test also apply to transfer passengers who only enter Germany to pass through. The only exception to this are transfer passengers who travel from a non-Schengen state to a non-Schengen state.

(Source: Lufthansa Group)

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