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General testing obligation for all air travellers from abroad

From 30.03.2021, all air travellers from abroad must in principle present a test or convalescent or vaccination certificate at check-in at the point of departure (regardless of whether the country is a risk area or not). Accepted are PCR and rapid antigen tests. Self-tests are not accepted.
Tests can be done at approved centres abroad. The negative result must be available before departure in order to present it to the airline. The swab for the test must have been taken no more than 48 hours before entry.
If the Corona test is positive, you have to go into quarantine at your own responsibility according to the local regulations - and you usually have to bear the costs for this yourself. Regulations on protection against infection depend on the regulations in the holiday country.
Before entering the country, the digital form at www.einreiseanmeldung.de must be completed.     

Exemptions for vaccinated or recovered persons

Fully vaccinated and recovered persons are exempt from the quarantine and testing requirement on entry, unless they are entering from a virus variant area (where testing and quarantine remain mandatory). There must be no Covid 19 disease symptoms.

Who is fully vaccinated? Complete vaccination is considered to have taken place if at least 14 days have passed since the last vaccination with a vaccine approved in the European Union (Moderna, BioNTech, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria, Johnson & Johnson) and this has been documented. However, as long as one does not show any corona symptoms and no current infection has been proven.
Who is considered recovered? People are considered to have recovered if they have proof on paper or digitally, in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish, that a positive test with PCR test was at least 28 days and at most 6 months ago. People who have been infected with Corona for more than half a year are therefore recommended to be vaccinated. 
Citizens should send the proof of vaccination to einreiseoffenbachde before returning to Germany so that the health department can check whether the conditions are met. They should find out whether the exemption is still current before entering the country.

Rules and quarantine after entry from risk areas

Please note the separate obligation for air travellers and exceptions for vaccinated and convalescent persons above!

  • Travellers who do not enter Germany by air must be able to prove a negative coronary test or proof of convalescence or vaccination no later than 48 hours after entry. If the test is done in the country of travel, the test must be done 48 hours before entry at the earliest.
  • Before entering the country from risk areas, it is mandatory to complete the digital form at www.einreiseanmeldung.de (free of charge).
  • If there are difficulties or technical problems, the entry can be reported via the questionnaire at www.offenbach.de/return. The Corona test result can be found there. The Corona test result can also be uploaded there (form questions can be read in different languages). The questionnaire only applies to people entering the city of Offenbach!
  • People who have been in a risk area in the last ten days before entering Germany must be quarantined at home for 10 days.
  • Anyone who has recovered, been vaccinated or tested negative must present appropriate proof to the competent authority at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de. Then the quarantine is waived.
  • Those who do not get tested remain in quarantine for the full 10 days and are not allowed to receive visitors.
  • There are exceptions, for example, for people who transport goods or people across borders or who are urgently needed to maintain health services and have been there for less than 72 hours.

Rules and quarantine on high incidence areas and virus variant areas

  • Travellers from high-incidence areas must have themselves tested before departure and present the negative test result to the carrier, e.g. the airline, at check-in at the point of departure. Proof may also be requested at the entry control in Germany by the Federal Police. The test must not be older than 48 hours at the time of entry. PCR and antigen rapid tests are accepted. Self-tests are not accepted. Fully vaccinated or recovered persons may present their vaccination or recovery certificate instead of the test result.
  • Before entering the country, it is mandatory to complete the digital form at www.einreiseanmeldung.de (free of charge).
  • If there are difficulties or technical problems, the entry can be reported via the questionnaire at www.offenbach.de/return. The Corona test result can be found there. The Corona test result can also be uploaded there (form questions can be read in different languages). The questionnaire only applies to people entering the city of Offenbach!
  • People returning from high-incidence areas must be quarantined at home for 10 days - even if the test is negative. Recovered or vaccinated persons are exempt from quarantine. For all others, the quarantine can be lifted at the earliest by a negative test result after the fifth day (the day of entry does not count). This must be submitted to the health office.
  • Those who do not get tested remain in quarantine for the full 10 days and are not allowed to receive visitors.
  • There are few exceptions regarding registration, testing, quarantine and verification requirements.

Virus-variant areas

  • The Federal Government has imposed a transport ban - subject to very limited exceptions - for people entering the country from virus-variant areas.
  • Travellers from virus-variant areas must be tested before departure and present the negative test result to the carrier, e.g. the airline, at check-in at the point of departure. PCR tests and rapid antigen tests are recognised. The test must be no more than 48 hours old at the time of entry. Proof of convalescence or vaccination is not sufficient.
  • Before entry, the digital form at www.einreiseanmeldung.de must be completed (free of charge).
  • If there are difficulties or technical problems, the entry can be reported via the questionnaire at www.offenbach.de/return. The Corona test result can be found there. The Corona test result can also be uploaded there (form questions can be read in different languages). The questionnaire is only valid for people entering the city of Offenbach.
  • All people entering the city from areas where the virus is present - even those who have recovered or been vaccinated - must observe a strict 14-day quarantine period. There is no possibility of "free testing" here due to the particular danger of the virus variants.

Rules in Offenbach: what is allowed, what is forbidden

You find the rules how to behave, where to wear masks, what is open, with how many people you are allowed to meet etc. on this page (please use the translating tool)

Information from the Robert Koch Institute for travelers in various languages

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