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Travel safely — despite corona

We want you to be able to fly safely and trouble-free On this page, we have put together everything you need to know about mandatory testing and documentation, border transit rules for entering the country, and quarantine regulations.


What do I have to take care of before I travel?

Please find out the coronavirus regulations at your destination.

The most imporant points to consider:

  • What are the formal requirements for arriving/entering the country? Do you need to fill in forms or install an app?
  • What sort of coronavirus test do you need to enter the country, and how recent must it be?
  • What are the quarantine rules?
  • If you have already been vaccinated or have recovered from coronavirus, what documentation do you require to prove this?

Up-to-date information is available from the Federal Foreign Office:

Returning to Germany

Registration of entry:

Before returning to Germany from a risk, high incidence or virus variant area, you must register online at Digital Entry Registration. You will need to have the confirmation of reigstration in electronic form (PDF) or on paper when you enter the country.

Mandatory test requirements for arrivals:

Any person wishing to travel to Germany by plane must present either a negative coronavirus test result or proof of vaccination or recovery to the airline before departure. The Entry Regulations, applicable throughout the country, stipulate that persons who have recovered from, or been vaccinated against, Covid-19 are to be treated equivalently to those who have a negative test result. Persons with proof of recovery or vaccination are therefore not required to present a negative test result. Exception: Persons who have spent time in a virus variant risk area are still required to present a negative test result.

Overview of quarantine regulations:

Persons arriving from risk areas, high incidence areas, and virus variant areas must enter home-based self-quarantine for up to 14 days immediately after entering the country. The quarantine period may be reduced, subject to specific requirements:

  • After spending time in a risk area: Persons with a negative test result, persons who have been vaccinated, and persons who have recovered from the disease, are exempted from the quarantine requirement once appropriate documentary proof has been provided to the responsible authority.
  • Persons who have spent time in a high incidence area are subject to quarantine for 10 days. This may be reduced on the basis of a negative result to a test conducted five days after entering the country.
  • Persons who have spent time in a virus variant area are subject to quarantine for 14 days. There are no provisions for early release from quarantine. Exception: In the case of vaccinated persons, the 14-day quarantine only applies if the active substance is not sufficiently effective against the variant.

Before entry, all passengers should ensure they are fully aware of any exemptions from quarantine requirements that may apply to them. An overview of all risk, high incidence, and virus variant areas, along with current quarantine regulations and exemptions, may be found at:

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

An overview of the current situation in the travel countries as well as current recommendations for travelers can be found on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.

Information on the current entry requirements to Germany can be found on the following websites:

Place any items you are carrying in your outer clothing in the screening tray beforehand. If necessary, the aviation security assistants will carry out a manual personal check by scanning you sideways or from behind. Please bring only one piece of carry-on baggage for screening and remove larger electronic items (such as laptops, tablets, medical devices) and the 1-liter bag of liquids from your carry-on bag beforehand.  Find out about the current regulations for aviation security screening from the Federal Police.

An overview of the current situation in the travel countries as well as current recommendations for travelers can be found on the homepage of the Federal Foreign Office: German Federal Foreign Office - Federal Foreign Office (auswaertiges-amt.de)

Practical checklist for download

We want you to feel comfortable and safe during your travels. We have compiled a practical checklist for you, with the most important tips and measures to make your travel from Hamburg safe, covering everything from planning your flight to taking off.

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