Can I Go to Germany Right Now? (Your COVID-19 Questions Answered)

If you’re starting to plan a trip to Germany in 2021 or 2022, you might be wondering about the COVID-19 situation there and if Germany is safe to travel in. What do you need to know to stay safe and healthy on your vacation in Germany? Here are answers to your Germany travel questions!

Can US citizens travel to Germany? Can I travel to Germany right now? 

Yes. As of June 20, 2021, US citizens can travel to Germany for any reason with a proof of vaccination OR proof of recovery from COVID-19 OR a negative COVID-19 test result. If you’re traveling from a virus-variant area, however, travel to Germany is banned.

What are the quarantine rules for Americans in Germany?

Fully vaccinated American travelers and American travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 are not required to quarantine. 

However, regardless of the vaccination or recovery status, American travelers who stayed in a risk area in the 10 days prior to arrival in Germany are required to quarantine for 10 days, while those who stayed in a virus-variant area need to quarantine for 14 days. 

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The list of risk areas and virus-variant areas can be found here.

Can US citizens fly to Germany from the US this summer?

Yes, US citizens (6 years old and older) can fly to Germany from the US this summer provided that they show a proof of vaccination OR a proof of recovery OR a negative COVID-19 test prior to departure.

What are the quarantine rules for Germany?  

Quarantine rules in Germany depend on the traveler’s vaccination status and the country they are traveling from. Each state within Germany sets its own quarantine regulations, so you should check the specific quarantine requirements and possible exemptions the locations you plan to visit in Germany.

Travelers with a proof of vaccination or proof of recovery are not required to quarantine, unless they stayed in a risk area or virus-variant area in the last 10 days prior to arrival in Germany. 

Travelers who stayed in a risk area are required to quarantine for 10 days, while those who stayed in a virus-variant area need to quarantine for 14 days.


Does Germany check COVID-19 symptoms of incoming travelers? 

Yes. Health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry in Germany. A mandatory COVID-19 testing at the airport may be required for certain travelers.


Does Germany require a negative COVID-19 test for American travelers?  

American travelers fully vaccinated with a vaccine accepted in Germany are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 test. To be considered fully vaccinated, the second shot of a two-dose vaccine or the first shot of a one-dose vaccine must have been administered at least 14 days prior to entry in Germany.

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American travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months prior to entry in Germany are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 test.

Not fully vaccinated American travelers and travelers entering from risk areas (regardless of vaccination or recovery status) are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test to enter Germany. These travelers will not be allowed to board their flights without a negative result. Both PCR and rapid antigen tests are accepted provided that the tests meet the requirements laid out by the German government. The PCR test must have been taken less than 72 hours prior to entry to Germany, while a rapid antigen test must have been taken less than 48 hours prior to entry.

Does Germany require a proof of Coronavirus vaccine for American travelers? 

Not necessarily. A negative COVID test or proof of recovery from COVID-19 can also be used to enter Germany.

Am I required to provide a negative COVID-19 test or to quarantine if I have been vaccinated?  

No. Fully vaccinated Americans are not required to provide a negative COVID test or undergo quarantine (unless they stayed in a risk area in the last 10 days prior to arrival in Germany).

What are my COVID-19 testing options for returning to the U.S.? 

If you’re a US citizen, while you’re in Germany you can get a PCR test or Rapid antigen test by booking an appointment here or by calling local health authorities at 116 117. You may be charged for the test. Results are typically available within 72 hours.

What healthcare options are available to travelers in Germany who get the virus?  

Hospitals and clinics are open in Germany. Persons with health concerns can contact the local health authorities at 116 117 or go to this website.

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What service businesses and restaurants are open in Germany?  

Shops are now open in Germany. Bars and restaurants have also reopened. The rules and limits on indoor/outdoor dining are set by individual states and may differ in various parts of Germany.

Are face masks required in Germany? 

Yes. Individual states in Germany have the authority to implement their own rules regarding face masks so be sure to check local rules and regulations (try asking about this when booking accomodations).

Are buses running in Germany?  

Yes, public transportation is operating in Germany. You’ll need to wear a medical grade mask (e.g., a surgical mask, or one that meets the N95, KN95 or FFP-2 standard) on all public transportation. You will not be allowed to sit in the front seat of taxis.

Other important information:

  • When entering from virus variant areas, there is a ban on passenger transport by train, bus, ship, and flights from these countries.
  • Americans who spent time in a risk area in the 10 days prior to arrival in Germany are required to submit a Digital Registration on Entry. Starting on June 13, 2021, the US is no longer considered a risk area.
  • In most states, you can end quarantine by providing a PCR COVID-19 test at 5 days after arrival. However, travelers entering Germany from a virus-variant area will not be able to end quarantine early by testing negative. Antibody tests are currently NOT accepted by German authorities as evidence you are negative for COVID-19.  
  • If you violate quarantine you may could be prosecuted. Violations could be punishable with a fine of up to 25,000 Euros. 

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