Travellers returning home and those entering Germany from a high-risk area (Risikogebiet) must be prepared for a mandatory coronavirus test as from tomorrow (14 December). This means everyone must be tested in the 48 hours prior to entry or immediately thereafter.
The Federal Ministry of Health wants to curb the spread of mutations of the coronavirus with the new measure.
From Thursday (14 December), the following rules therefore apply to people who have stayed in a high-risk area (country or region) in the last ten days before entering Germany [to find out which regions and countries are designated as risk areas, click HERE]:
- Entry must be registered electronically (you can do this HERE), a negative Corona test must be presented no later than 48 hours after entry
- a negative test result must be presented before entry if you come from an area with a particularly high incidence of infections or if particularly infectious virus variants are prevalent there,
- When entering the country from 1 March onwards, you will be informed by SMS about the entry and infection protection measures.
The federal and state governments continue to order a ten-day quarantine for travellers returning from high-risk areas. They may only leave the quarantine after five days if the test result is negative, as previously obtains.
If the test is positive, the quarantine obligation continues to apply for ten days. Please note: These regulations may differ in the individual federal states. It is best to contact your local health authority (Gesundheitsamt) for more information.
The German Interior Ministry is responsible for the entry regulations to Germany. Here travellers can find all current information, also in English.
Meanwhile, 758,093 people have been vaccinated against the coronavirus in the country so far.
Germany recorded almost 19,600 new infections within the past 24 hours, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). There were 1,060 COVID-19 deaths over the same period.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 1,965,479 confirmed cases of infection in Germany. A total of 43,706 people have died so far.