Dec 24th, 2021
6 mins

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions for entry into Germany from many countries apply. Persons entering must complete a digital entry registration. They also have to provide a negative test result or proof of immunity, and comply with quarantine regulations depending on the place of departure.

The digital entry registration is only available on the website and is free of charge. Only confirmations issued through this website will be accepted.

As of 23 December 2021: New regulations! Every person over the age of six is obliged to carry proof of their COVID‑19 status when entering Germany.

As of 23 December 2021, every person over the age of six is obliged to carry proof of their COVID‑19 status when entering Germany. Persons over the age of six must therefore have a negative test result or proof of recovery or vaccination when entering Germany. As a rule, COVID‑19 test results (antigen or PCR tests) must not be more than 48 hours old at the time of the (planned) entry. However, if entering Germany with a carrier (e.g. an airline), PCR tests may be taken a maximum of 48 hours before the (scheduled) start of the journey (e.g. departure time). But antigen tests must not be taken more than 48 hours before the (scheduled) time of arrival in Germany even if travellers are being transported by a carrier.

Travellers who are only transferring at an airport in Germany are also required to present proof of their COVID‑19 status. This applies both to non-Schengen transit from or to third countries outside the EU and to transit from or to Schengen states.

The negative test result, proof of recovery or proof of vaccination must be shown to the carrier for examination prior to departure. Only in the case of cross-border rail travel or cross-border short sea transport may the relevant documentation be presented during transit. Proof must also be shown to the German border authorities upon entry if requested.

Travellers entering Germany from areas of variant of concern must present a negative PCR test result: in this case a rapid antigen test or proof of recovery or vaccination is not sufficient. If using a carrier to enter Germany, the PCR test result must be less than 48 hours old at the time of the (scheduled) start of the journey. Furthermore, the German authorities may require travellers to take additional PCR tests after entering the Federal Republic of Germany, in particular at their point of arrival (e.g. at the airport).

Testing and quarantine for travel to Germany

As updated on the 20th of December 2021:

HGV and coach drivers entering Germany from the UK need to present a negative COVID-19 test result.

HGV and coach drivers do not need to quarantine on arrival in Germany if they either:

  • have spent less than 72 hours in the UK
  • will spend less than 72 hours in Germany

See FCDO travel advice for more information about testing and quarantine requirements for Germany.​

COVID-19 testing for hauliers after entering England

Hauliers arriving in England from abroad must take a COVID-19 test if they are staying for more than 2 days.

You will need to take a further test every 3 days after that if you are still in England, unless you qualify as fully vaccinated under the rules for travel to England.

Check if you qualify as fully vaccinated.

If you are travelling internationally every day, you must take a test at least once every 3 days.

This applies to drivers and crews of HGVs and drivers of vans and other light goods vehicles. It applies to both UK-based and non-UK hauliers.


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