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Germany: Digital registration on entry – Current Covid-19 regulations and punishments

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Von: Klaudia Kendi-Prill

Before entering Germany, you must carry out a digital registration on entry.
Before entering Germany, you must carry out a digital registration on entry. © Fotomontage HEIDELBERG24

Digital registration on entry to Germany: Here you can find out to what you should pay attention, which regulations apply and what persons entering the country from a risk area need to know:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions for entry into Germany from many countries apply. Persons entering must complete a digital entry registration. Depending on the place departure, they also have to provide a negative test result or proof of immunity, and comply with quarantine regulations. To enter Germany all travelers need to observe the obligation to furnish proof: Persons from the age of 12 must be in possession of proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 or a test certificate (antigen test: taken max. 48 hours, PCR test: taken max. 72 hours before entry) when crossing the border.

Any person who spent time in an area classified as an area of variants of concern, within the 10 days prior to entering Germany, must be in possession of a test certificate (antigen test: taken max. 24 hour, PCR test: taken max. 72 hours before entry). The certificate must be submitted for inspection by the carrier, or upon entry when requested by the Federal Police or the competent authority.

Germany: Who is considered fully vaccinated?

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 (Comirnaty is known in the U.S. as Pfizer). 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. 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.

Digital registration on entry to Germany: Rules and punishment

Violations of the following rules may be punished as an administrative offence with a fine of up to 25,000 euros:

In Germany the USA are classified as a COVID high-risk area

From Sunday, August 15th, the USA are classified as a so-called COVID high-risk area. This classification as a risk area is the result of a joint analysis and decision-making process by the Federal Ministry of Health, the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior. Travelers who have spent time in the U.S. within 10 days prior to entering the Federal Republic of Germany will have to be a) fully vaccinated or b) need to demonstrate an important reason for entering Germany. More information on this new regulation can be found here. Please check your airline´s applicable condition of carriage. The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border officials. (kp)

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