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Risk area, high incidence area or virus variant area

A distinction is made between risk areas, high-incidence areas and virus variant areas. A risk area is a country or region in which there is an increased risk of infection. High incidence areas are risk areas with particularly high numbers of cases. Virus variant areas are countries or regions in which a virus variant (mutation) of the coronavirus is widespread.

Travellers decide in any case on their own responsibility whether to travel and should inform themselves before departure about the status of the destination country and the corresponding rules for entry. The authorities of the respective country also decide what measures will be taken in the event of an infection. As in Germany, the authorities can order quarantine measures. These also apply to travellers and must be followed. Travellers should follow the travel and safety advice and also keep themselves informed daily about the situation in their home and holiday destination during their stay abroad. This is because a destination country can, for example, be upgraded from a risk area to a virus variant area during the stay. In that case, a 14-day quarantine would be mandatory for everyone.

Before returning to Germany, certain registration, testing or quarantine regulations must also be observed. Digital entry registration before returning to Germany is particularly important. Travel warnings can affect the validity of travel health insurance, continued payment of wages during quarantine and much more. Travellers should clarify this before starting their journey.

Country information: Risk area, high incidence area or virus variant area

Info: Fill in the entry form

General testing obligation for all air travellers from abroad

From 30.03.2021, all air travellers from abroad must in principle present a test or convalescent or vaccination certificate at check-in at the point of departure (regardless of whether the country is a risk area or not). Accepted are PCR and rapid antigen tests. Self-tests are not accepted.
Tests can be done at approved centres abroad. The negative result must be available before departure in order to present it to the airline. In the case of a PCR test, the swab must not have been taken more than 72 hours before entry. In the case of rapid antigen tests, a distinction is made: In general, the swab must have been taken no more than 48 hours before entry. In the case of a stay in a virus-variant area, however, a rapid antigen test may only have been taken 24 hours before entry at the earliest.
If the Corona test is positive, you have to go into quarantine at your own responsibility according to the local regulations - and you usually have to bear the costs for this yourself. Regulations on protection against infection depend on the regulations in the holiday country.
Before entering the country, the digital form at www.einreiseanmeldung.de must be completed.     

Exemptions for vaccinated or recovered persons

Fully vaccinated and recovered persons are exempt from the quarantine and testing obligation from risk areas upon entry. After a stay in a virus-variant area, testing and quarantine remain compulsory for all. There must be no Covid 19 disease symptoms.

Who is fully vaccinated? Complete vaccination is considered to have taken place if at least 14 days have passed since the last vaccination with a vaccine approved in the European Union (Moderna, BioNTech, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria, Johnson & Johnson) and this has been documented. However, as long as one does not show any corona symptoms and no current infection has been proven. This must be proven by vaccination certificate or digital proof of vaccination. 
Who is considered recovered? People are considered to have recovered if they have proof on paper or digitally, in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish, that a positive test with PCR test was at least 28 days and at most 6 months ago. People who have been infected with Corona for more than half a year are therefore recommended to be vaccinated. 
Citizens should send the proof of vaccination to einreiseoffenbachde before returning to Germany so that the health department can check whether the conditions are met. They should find out whether the exemption is still current before entering the country.

Further exemptions on entry

Children up to and including 6 years of age are exempt from the obligation to provide proof (vaccination, recovery, test).

There are almost no exceptions for those entering from virus variant areas! Under certain circumstances, entrants from other risk areas and high incidence areas are exempt from the obligation to register, test and quarantine (see below). This includes transit without a stopover through a risk area before entering Germany as well as transit through Germany by the fastest route, e.g. with a confirmed onward flight to a third country. There is no obligation for transit travellers to undergo quarantine. However, transit travellers must leave Germany immediately (as soon as possible).

A previous stay in a risk area is defined as a stay at any time within the last 10 days before entry. The decisive factor is whether the area was designated as a risk area at the time of entry into Germany (i.e. not necessarily at the time of the stay).
All rules are in the Corona Entry Ordinance of the Federal Government: 

Rules and quarantine after entry from risk areas

Please note the separate obligation for air travellers and exceptions for vaccinated and convalescent persons above!

  • Persons entering Germany by means other than air must be able to prove a negative coronary test or proof of convalescence or vaccination no later than 48 hours after entry. If the test is done in the country of travel, testing with a PCR test may be done 72 hours before entry at the earliest. Testing with a rapid antigen test may be carried out at the earliest 48 hours before entry. Self-tests are not accepted.

  • Before entering the country from risk areas, it is mandatory to complete the digital form at www.einreiseanmeldung.de (free of charge). Confirmation of registration should be carried on the trip. The test, convalescent or vaccination certificate can and should also be uploaded there.

  • In the event of difficulties or technical malfunctions, you must instead complete a replacement notification in full. If you are not requested by the carrier (e.g. airline, train) or the Federal Police to submit the replacement notification, you must complete the digital entry notification within 24 hours of entry or send the replacement notification immediately by post to Deutsche Post E-POST Solutions GmbH, Aussteigekarte, 69990 Mannheim. You can download the form for the replacement notification here: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/fileadmin/Dateien/3_Downloads/C/Coronavirus/Infoblatt/2021/DEU.pdf

  • People who have been in a risk area in the last ten days before entering Germany must be quarantined at home for 10 days.

  • Anyone who has recovered, been vaccinated or tested negative must present appropriate proof to the competent authority at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de. Then the quarantine is waived.
  • Those who do not get tested remain in quarantine for the full 10 days and are not allowed to receive visitors.
  • There are exceptions, for example, for people who transport goods or people across borders or who are urgently needed to maintain health services and have been there for less than 72 hours.

Rules and quarantine on high incidence areas

Please note the separate obligation for air travellers and exceptions for vaccinated and convalescent persons above!

  • Travellers from high-incidence areas must have themselves tested before departure and present the negative test result to the carrier, e.g. the airline, at check-in at the point of departure. Proof may also be required at the entry control in Germany by the Federal Police. The negative result must be available before departure in order to present it to the airline. In the case of a PCR test, the swab must have been taken no more than 72 hours before entry. For rapid antigen tests, the swab must have been taken no more than 48 hours before entry. Self-tests are not accepted. 
    Fully vaccinated or recovered persons may also present their vaccination or recovery certificate instead of the test result.

  • Before entering the country from high incidence areas, it is mandatory to complete the digital form at www.einreiseanmeldung.de (free of charge). Confirmation of registration should be carried on the trip. The test, convalescent or vaccination certificate can and should also be uploaded there.

  • In the event of difficulties or technical malfunctions, you must instead complete a replacement notification in full. If you are not requested by the carrier (e.g. airline, train) or the Federal Police to submit the replacement notification, you must complete the digital entry notification within 24 hours of entry or send the replacement notification immediately by post to Deutsche Post E-POST Solutions GmbH, Aussteigekarte, 69990 Mannheim. You can download the form for the replacement notification here: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/fileadmin/Dateien/3_Downloads/C/Coronavirus/Infoblatt/2021/DEU.pdf

  • Those returning from high-incidence areas must be placed in domestic quarantine for 10 days - even if the entry test is negative. The proof of testing before entry serves to be transported to Germany in the first place. The quarantine can be terminated after the fifth day by submitting a new negative proof via the digital entry portal. Consequently, two tests are required (there is no separate notification by the health office). For fully vaccinated/recovered persons: The quarantine ends for vaccinated and recovered persons as soon as the proof has been uploaded at www.einreiseanmeldung.de. If the proof is already submitted before entry, no quarantine is required. 

  • Those who do not get tested remain in quarantine for the full 10 days and are not allowed to receive visitors.
  • There are few exceptions regarding registration, testing, quarantine and verification requirements.

Rules and quarantine on virus variant areas

  • The Federal Government has imposed a transport ban - subject to very limited exceptions - for people entering the country from virus-variant areas.
  • Travellers from virus-variant areas must be tested before departure and present the negative test result to the carrier, e.g. the airline, at check-in at the point of departure. PCR tests and rapid antigen tests are recognised. In the case of a PCR test, the swab must have been taken no more than 72 hours before entry, while a rapid antigen test must have been taken no earlier than 24 hours before entry. Proof of recovery or vaccination is not sufficient.
  • Before entry, the digital form at www.einreiseanmeldung.de must be completed (free of charge).
  • In the event of difficulties or technical malfunctions, you must instead complete a replacement notification in full. If you are not requested by the carrier (e.g. airline, train) or the Federal Police to submit the replacement notification, you must complete the digital entry notification within 24 hours of entry or send the replacement notification immediately by post to Deutsche Post E-POST Solutions GmbH, Aussteigekarte, 69990 Mannheim. You can download the form for the replacement notification here: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/fileadmin/Dateien/3_Downloads/C/Coronavirus/Infoblatt/2021/DEU.pdf
  • All people entering the city from areas where the virus is present - even those who have recovered or been vaccinated - must observe a strict 14-day quarantine period. There is no possibility of "free testing" here due to the particular danger of the virus variants.

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