Travel restrictions

Germany

Summary

Germany has entry restrictions for travelers who are not German nationals, but previous border closures with EU countries have been removed due to significant containment of COVID-19. Travelers will no longer be checked at the borders with Austria, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Denmark.

Travelers entering Germany from outside of Europe must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival and contact the relevant public health office (Gesundheitamt) immediately to inform them of their arrival in Germany. They will also be given this leaflet with detailed instructions.

Germany has not implemented formal domestic travel restrictions, and regional trains are still running. Restrictions on booking overnight accommodations vary by state, but many are being lifted throughout the month of May.

Americans in Germany whose visas are set to expire during this time should apply for an extension to the relevant immigration office by email before the expiry date. Their residence in Germany will remain legal until the immigration office reaches a decision. They should carry a printed version of this application in addition to the expired visa and a valid passport if they must travel.

Borders

Germany has restricted the entry of all travelers who are not nationals of Germany, residents with a residence permit, and D-Visa holders. Travelers who are nationals of an EEA state or the UK and are in transit to their home countries may also enter. All travelers except those arriving from countries in the EEA must proceed directly to their own homes or other suitable accommodation to self-isolate for 14 days.

Previous land border closures with neighboring countries and entry restrictions with other European countries have now been removed. This applies to the 26 EU Member States, plus the UK, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland.

Exemptions

Certain categories of travelers may still enter Germany. Husbands, wives, children, and registered partners of German nationals and residents may still enter the country, as may travelers like diplomats, healthcare professionals, food industry personnel, commuters, US military personnel stationed in Germany and their family members, and other specialists who have evidence that they must travel to perform their professional activity.

Quarantine policy

All travelers arriving in Germany from outside Europe must go home or proceed directly to a place where they can safely self-isolate for 14 days, and notify the relevant public health office (Gesundheitamt) of their arrival. Click here for more information about contacting this office.

State regulations

Germany has implemented some restrictions on public life nationwide. The social distancing requirement for all people to maintain at least 1.5 meters of distance in public stands until at least June 29. Public gatherings of up to 10 people are now permitted.

All shops are allowed to open, while some are maintaining strict requirements for masks and the number of people inside. Restaurants, hotels, cinemas, and theaters are reopening depending on state regulations. Recreational outdoor sports are now allowed, subject to hygiene and distancing rules. Key services like food shops, takeaway and delivery services, pharmacies, medical supply shops, banks, post offices, etc remain open. People may go to work if their workplace allows (for example: healthcare, police and ambulance services), see a doctor, provide care for others, exercise outdoors, and tend to medical emergencies.

Masks are required on all forms of public transportation.
Embassy and consulate contact information
Phone number: US Embassy Berlin emergency number : +49-30-8305-0

Quick answers

Yes – only German nationals, permanent residents, and D-Visa holders may enter the country. Travelers in transit to their home countries who have no other option and have proven entry requirements for each country may also enter. More
No – there are no official nationwide travel restrictions within Germany, but it’s important to refrain from traveling for personal reasons, even for visiting relatives. More
No – the land borders between Germany and its neighboring countries were temporarily closed, but are now open. More
Germany’s major airports in cities like Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Dusseldorf all remain open, but some have consolidated passenger traffic to fewer terminals, and travelers can expect a greatly reduced number of available airlines. More
Yes – all arriving travelers in Germany must immediately quarantine for 14 days and notify their local public health office that they’ve done so. Travelers arriving from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom are exempt from this requirement More
Sort of – there are restrictions nationwide about gathering in public, and how shops and other public establishments can open. The social distancing requirement for all people to maintain at least 1.5 meters of distance in public stands until at least June 5. Public gatherings of up to 10 people are now permitted. See above for full details. More
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