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Detailed Restriction/Reopening Information For Germany
Data Last Updated: October 26, 2020

General Information

Partially Open

At present Germany is allowing travellers from the EEA
 (European Economic Area) and certain low risk countries as recommended by the EU council.

Authorities in Germany have imposed  COVID-19 entry requirements for travelers, depending on the Covid-19 situation of the country they came from. The decision will be based upon the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), which is the public health institute in Germany.

Travelers coming from countries considered as safe can enter Germany without restrictions. However, travelers from high-risk zones will be required to go on quarantine for 14 days. The list of high-risk countries and regions is being updated regularly. 

For the latest update, refer to this link - Robert Koch Institute

Mask Requirement

Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and certain outdoor areas where social distancing is not possible.

Internal Restrictions/Closures

Authorities in Germany are tightening certain coronavirus disease (COVID-19) related restrictions as of Sep. 29 due to a nationwide uptick in infection rates.

In areas where the cumulative rate is more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within the last seven days, authorities on both national and regional levels have agreed to limit private celebrations, parties, and gatherings to 25 persons; similar events hosted in public spaces will be limited to 50 people. Additionally, authorities are introducing a 50 EUR (58 USD) fine for any individual that provides false information at an establishment that requires their customers to leave contact information for tracing purposes.

Authorities have eased most internal COVID-19 measures, though protective face coverings are required in most public spaces, including on public transport and in retail shops; where possible, people from different households should remain a minimum of 1.5 m (5 feet) apart.

Major public events, where contact tracing and social distancing compliance is not possible, will remain banned through 2020. Hotels and other short-term accommodations have reopened; hygiene and social-distancing guidelines must be observed. All retailers and nonessential businesses are permitted to reopen; however, limits have been placed on the number of customers in the store, and queues should be avoided.

Airlines & Transport

Flights have resumed to Germany from several cities within the EU. Many direct flights from the approved 8 third-party nations have also been resumed or re-scheduled. Lufthansa has flights from Vancouver to some German cities and Air Canada has also resumed flights from Toronto.

Status of Opening to Tourists

Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days

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Open to Tourists From:

12 Countries

Australia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Germany

Greece

Latvia

Liechtenstein

New Zealand

Norway

Thailand

Uruguay

Not Allowing Tourists From:

209 Countries

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Strict Quarantine For Tourists From:

7 Countries

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Special Conditions For Tourists From:

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More Details

Last Updated: October 27, 2020

Germany officially started to welcome travelers for tourism as of June 15, 2020. They allowed 31 countries to cross its borders at first. By June 30, The EU officially published the list of countries that will be allowed to travel to the European Union.

Starting on July 2, Germany decided to allow 8 of 15 third party nations approved by the EU council into the country for the purpose of tourism.

Update: the government has clearly stated that countries might be removed from the approved list if their case numbers get too high. The list is expected to be updated constantly.

Who Can Travel To Germany?

Germany has started lifting its travel restrictions on 31 countries when it reopened its borders. Included from the list are the 26 countries of the EU the UK, and 4 Schengen members. Additionally, by July 2, 2020, Germany also lifted travel restrictions to 8 additional third-party countries:

October 3 update: Authorities in Germany have categorized several areas in Europe as high-risk. Travelers from these areas will not grant entry to Germany as tourists and they can cancel their bookings free of charge. These areas include Belgium and Iceland, as well as some areas of the UK such as Wales and Northern Ireland. French regions Pays de la Loire and Burgundy are also considered high-risk, along with the various regions of Lithuania, Estonia, Ireland, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, and Romania.

Here's the list of countries from EU/EFTA that are welcome to Germany. This listing data is loaded from our live map and Germany country travel restrictions page:


To clarify, travelers who can come to Germany are based on where he or she has previously been staying in the last 14 days and not on his/her nationality.

As of October 27, travelers from Canada can no longer enter Germany, except for urgent or essential reasons.

Is There A Required Coronavirus Tests For Arrivals?

Germany has recently announced that all arrivals arriving from risk areas will have to undergo a coronavirus test upon entering the country. All of those arriving from high-risk areas will have to be tested for coronavirus unless they can produce a negative test certificate no more than two days old.

The rules apply to anyone of any nationality arriving in Germany from a so-called risk area. All will have to undergo a test for coronavirus or show a recent negative test result. Certainly, these tests can be carried out in all major airports in Germany. But the tests have been encouraged for all travelers arriving in Germany from anywhere and not just from high-risk areas.

Is There A Mandatory Quarantine?

All travelers from risk areas should enter a two-week quarantine. In spite of them taking the coronavirus test, they need to isolate until they have a negative result. This includes all travelers entering Germany from the United States.

That is to say that the mandatory quarantine only applies to German citizens and residents coming from the high-risk countries outside of the safe list mentioned above. The mandatory quarantine also applies to other essential travelers such as workers, family members, etc.

To sum it up, if you are from coming the countries that are not on the safe list, you cannot enter Germany as a tourist.

Please note: The Federal Government examines, on an ongoing basis, the extent to which areas are to be classified as risk areas. As a result, this list can be modified at short notice and, above all, may be extended. Please see the list of high-risk countries here.

As of September 4, 2020, Germany has updated its list of high-risk countries. It now includes Spain and some regions in Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, and Romania. Visitors arriving from these areas should undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test and may be subject to quarantine.

What Are Other Safety Measures in Germany?

  • All travelers and residents should wear face masks. Most importantly when taking public transport or indoor public places.
  • Everyone should practice social distancing at all times.

With this, all travelers should expect lots of spread out dining tables, hand-washing stations, barriers, and sanitizing protocols throughout their visit.

What's Open in Germany?

There are different rules about what is officially open in each city in Germany. However, here's the list of what is generally open across the country:

  • Some hotels and accommodations
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Shops, boutiques, and stores
  • Restaurants, cafes and snack kiosks
  • Churches and Places of worships
  • Gyms

You can also check Germany on our live map.

Sources: DW | German Missions in the United States


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Information for Non-Tourists

Starting August 8, there will be mandatory coronavirus tests for arrivals (returning German, EU citizens or those allowed entry) from high-risk countries. The list is updated here:  Robert Koch Institute

Citizens, residents, and all others that have the right to enter Germany, coming from non-EU/EEA countries. Testing is mandatory for travelers arriving from high-risk areas. The testing will be free of charge and take place at international travel hubs, including airports and railway stations.

Where necessary, testing facilities will also be available for those arriving by car. Quarantine requirements will be waived for travelers who are found to be COVID-19-free. As a result of the new testing, processing delays are possible for travelers arriving from high-risk areas.

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