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Last updated on 14. May 2021

*** Effective January 26th, all United States passengers two years or older must present a negative COVID-19 viral test within three calendar days prior to the day of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the United States can provide a letter from a licensed medical practitioner stating that they have recovered from COVID-19 within 90 days of departure. The authority CDC (Centers for Disease Control) can issue a special permit in extreme exceptional situations in order to circumvent the obligation to test. Extremely exceptional circumstances must exist for this, for example if an emergency medical evacuation makes the trip necessary in order to guarantee the health and safety of the traveler and the test cannot be carried out before the start of the trip. There is no special permit for people who have tested positive for COVID-19. Individuals who meet the conditions for special secrecy should contact the US embassy or consulate via [email protected] The same applies to airlines that want to let someone on board who potentially meet the conditions for a special permit. Information is available on the CDC website and atFrequently Asked Questions.

Country-specific information:

  • The U.S. The Foreign Ministry has issued a level 4 travel warning for the entire federal territory (see detailed information in English: Level 4 - Do Not Travel Advisory).
  • On the website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI, the equivalent of CDC) you will find daily updated reports and information on the spread of the corona pandemic in Germany.
  • In Germany, restrictions apply due to regionally occurring corona cases, in particular the 7-day incidence of the RKI. Each state may have different restrictions; The individual regulations can be found on the website of the respective federal state. The “federal emergency brake” comes into force as soon as the regional 7-day incidence is over 100 for three consecutive days and includes contact restrictions, curfews and limited openings of shops and cultural institutions. For further information please click here.
  • Exceptions apply to fully vaccinated or recovered persons. Vaccinated is anyone who has received all the necessary doses of a Covid-19 vaccine listed on the Paul Ehrlich Institute website. Anyone who can prove a previous Covid infection with a positive PCR test that was at least 28 days and a maximum of 6 months ago and has no relevant symptoms is considered recovered. For more information, please click here.

COVID-19 test stations:

  • Are PCR or antigen tests available to U.S. citizens in Germany? Yes.
  • If so, can test results be reliably obtained within 72 hours? Yes
    • The latest information on corona tests can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.
    • U.S. Citizens can find information about test options on this website, or dial 116 117 in Germany, and will then be forwarded to the local health authority, which will give you information about various test options.
    • Travelers must expect paid COVID-19 tests, but this may vary locally. Residents are entitled to a free COVID-19 rapid test per week and may be entitled to free COVID-19 PCR tests.

Information on corona vaccines:

  • Has the German government approved a COVID-19 vaccine? Yes.
  • Are vaccines available in Germany for U.S. Citizens Available? Yes, if you are registered in Germany.
  • Which vaccines are approved in Germany?
    • Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved. At the moment only people over 60 should be vaccinated with Astra Zeneca.
    • The German government has prioritized three groups for the first phase of the introduction of vaccinations: Group 1 includes people over 80 years of age, care workers in old people's homes and care workers in the healthcare sector who are at a very high risk of infection by COVID-19; Group 2 includes people between the ages of 70 and 80, people with previous illnesses that increase the chances of a fatal course of COVID-19, healthcare workers who are at high risk of infection by COVID-19 and certain other contact persons; Group 3 includes those over the age of 60, those with pre-existing conditions that increase the chances of developing serious illness, police and fire departments, teachers, and other essential workers. You can find more information on this website.
    • Those who fall into these groups can register for an appointment for vaccination in their federal states. On this link you will find a list of all the websites of the individual federal states.
  • Please visit the FDA website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States, and please click here for more information on COVID-19 vaccinations from the CDC.
  • The United States government has no plans to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for private U.S. residents living here. To offer citizens. Please follow the developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinations in Germany.

Requirements for entry and exit:

  • Are U.S. Citizens currently entering Germany?No (with the exception of special cases, among others)Germany currently only allows EU citizens, persons with a residence permit, as well as citizens and residents of certain third countries to enter the federal territory.Citizens of the United States of America do not belong to this group. U.S. Citizens are denied entry to Germany unless they meet one of the few exceptions. If you are not sure whether you meet one of the conditions for the special permit to enter Germany, or if you need additional information, please contact the German Embassy in Washington D.C. to contact directly. The U.S. The embassy and consulates in Germany cannot issue a special permit to enter Germany.
  • People who have been in a risk area identified by the RKI within the last ten days before entering Germany must complete a digital entry form before entering Germany.
  • Does a negative corona test (PCR and / or serology test) have to be submitted? Yes. Entrants are obliged to show a negative corona test. PCR tests and rapid antigen tests are both recognized. A PCR test must be done within 72 hours of arrival and a rapid test must be done within 48 hours of arrival. Travelers are not allowed to travel without a negative test result. The test carried out must meet the requirements specified by the RKI.
    • Exceptions apply to fully vaccinated or recovered persons, who no longer have to present a negative test before departure, unless they are arriving from a virus variant area.A vaccinated is someone who has received all the necessary vaccination doses of a Covid named on the website of the Paul Ehrlich Institute -19 vaccine. Anyone who can prove a previous Covid infection with a positive PCR test that was at least 28 days and a maximum of 6 months ago and has no relevant symptoms is considered to have recovered.
  • Are there health checks at the airports and at the external borders?Yes, For certain travelers, for example, mandatory Covid-19 tests may be carried out at the airport.

Restrictions on freedom of movement and travel in Germany:

  • Is there a curfew?Yes, in some federal states and depending on the vaccination status. Please visit the website of the respective state for further information.
  • Are there any restrictions on travel within Germany?No, but private travel within Germany is strongly discouraged. It is possible that hotels and guest houses do not accept tourists.

Quarantine information:

  • Do U.S. Citizens in quarantine? It depends on where you are coming from and whether you have been vaccinated.
  • Every German federal state has its own quarantine regulations. Travelers should inform themselves about the respective quarantine regulations and possible exemptions for the respective travel destination.Generally, travelers who have stayed in a risk area or region with a high incidence identified by the RKI within the last ten days before entering Germany, or persons who have been in contact with people with COVID-19 are quarantined for 10 days. Those arriving from a virus variant area must be in quarantine for 14 days. You can find more information on this on the homepage of the Federal Ministry of Health.
    • Exceptions apply to fully vaccinated or recovered persons, they do not have to be in quarantine unless they have been in a virus variant area. Vaccinated is someone who has received all the necessary vaccination doses of a Covid-19 named on the website of the Paul Ehrlich Institute. Vaccine. Anyone who can prove a previous Covid infection with a positive PCR test that was at least 28 days and a maximum of 6 months ago and has no relevant symptoms is considered to have recovered.
  • In most federal states, the quarantine can be ended with a negative corona test. This test can be carried out at the earliest five days after arrival and the test must be a molecular biological test for COVID-19 (a so-called genetic test, or RNA or PCR test) from a recognized laboratory. In some federal states, people who have just entered the country are exempted from quarantine if they can prove a negative molecular biological COVID-19 test that was carried out by a recognized laboratory within 48 hours prior to entry. Please note that people entering from a virus variant area are not allowed to end the quarantine with an early negative test. Please note that so-called antibody tests are currently not recognized by German authorities as evidence of non-disease from COVID-19. Travelers are encouraged to find out about specific quarantine requirements for the intended travel region within Germany, as well as any exceptions to this.

Local and long-distance traffic:

  • Are there currently scheduled flights to / from Germany? Yes. There may be bans on the carriage of virus variant areas.
  • Is the public transport in operation?Yes.
    • Please note that it is compulsory to wear medical masks on all public transport. Passengers in taxis are not allowed to sit next to the driver.

Penalties for non-compliance:

  • The Federal Ministry of Health announces that failure to comply with quarantine measures can be prosecuted as an administrative offense and can be punished with up to EUR 25,000.

Consular services:

  • The U.S. Embassy in Berlin and the U.S. Consulates in Frankfurt and Munich currently offer limited dates for passports and citizenship services. You will find more information here.
  • The US Embassy in Berlin and the US Consulates in Frankfurt and Munich currently offer limited dates for issuing visas, more information can be found here.

Local information:

Useful links and contacts:

From U.S. Mission Germany | May 14, 2021 | Categories: Alert, Notification | Tags: Coronavirus, COVID-19

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