ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR GERMANY
Great news! Just in time for your impending trip, please be advised that Germany is now welcoming back visitors from the United States.
Last Updated: July 5th, 2021
The United States is not categorized as a risk area according to the Robert Koch Institute. Thus, travelers from the United States are no longer required to register digitally for entry or quarantine on arrival in Germany. The requirement to show proof of vaccination to the airline still applies.
All air travelers six years and older who are entering the Federal Republic of Germany must either show that they are fully vaccinated or fully recovered or have tested negative prior to departure.
Full Vaccinated Travelers
Travelers who received all the required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine cited on the website of the Paul Ehrlich Institute are considered fully vaccinated. It must be at least 14 days since the last vaccine dose was administered. On entry, travelers must have proof of vaccination in written (e.g. CDC card) or digital form (a cellphone photo is not sufficient). Vaccinated travelers must additionally show no relevant symptoms.
Previously Infected Travelers
Travelers who can prove they were previously infected with COVID through a positive PCR test, taken at least 28 days but no more than six months prior, and who show no relevant symptoms are considered to be fully recovered.
Unvaccinated or Non Fully-Recovered Travelers
Travelers who are neither fully vaccinated nor fully recovered must continue to present a negative COVID test prior to departure. Both PCR tests and rapid antigen tests are accepted. A list of approved rapid antigen tests that meet the requirements of the Robert Koch Institute for entry can be found here. The PCR test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to entering Germany; the rapid antigen test, no more than 48 hours.
Transit travelers with a destination outside the Schengen area who do not leave the international transit area of the airport do not need to present a negative test prior to departure. For more information, please visit the German Missions website here.
Before returning to the USA effective immediately, the United States requires that all air passengers entering the country will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding their flight as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of our travel suppliers have made arrangements for on-site COVID-19 testing right at your hotel (view these travel supplier policies).
Reminder, if you do any COVID testing or seek any healthcare while abroad, please retain all receipts for insurance purposes.