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High risk area or virus variant area

According to the new coronavirus entry regulation, which comes into force on 1 August, a distinction is only made between high-risk areas and virus variant areas. High-risk areas are areas where there is a particularly high incidence in relation to the spread of the
SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Virus variant areas are countries or regions in which a specific variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which is not yet widespread in the Federal Republic of Germany, occurs.

Travellers decide in any case on their own responsibility whether to travel and should inform themselves before departure about the status of the destination country and the corresponding rules for entry. The authorities of the respective country also decide what measures will be taken in the event of an infection. As in Germany, the authorities can order quarantine measures. These also apply to travellers and must be followed. Travellers should follow the travel and safety advice and also keep themselves informed daily about the situation in their home and holiday destination during their stay abroad. This is because a destination country can, for example, be upgraded from a high risk area to a virus variant area during the stay. In that case, a 14-day quarantine would be mandatory for everyone.

Before returning to Germany, certain registration, testing or quarantine regulations must also be observed. Digital entry registration before returning to Germany is particularly important. Travel warnings can affect the validity of travel health insurance, continued payment of wages during quarantine and much more. Travellers should clarify this before starting their journey.

Country information: High risk area or virus variant area

General obligation to provide proof for all persons entering the country from abroad

From 1 August 2021 onwards, persons aged 12 and over must always have a test certificate (rapid antigen test or PCR test), proof of vaccination or proof of recovery at the time of entry or before transport - irrespective of where they are entering the country from and by which means of transport. The proof can be requested by the Federal Police or by the competent authority when checking cross-border traffic into Germany. A test certificate (rapid antigen test or PCR test) is always required for entry from virus variant areas! Proof of recovery or vaccination is not sufficient.

A digital entry declaration must be completed before entry if you have stayed in a high-risk area or virus variant area within the ten days prior to entry. 

Info: Fill in the entry form

Before entering the country, it is mandatory to complete the digital form at www.einreiseanmeldung.de (free of charge). A confirmation of the registration should be carried along when travelling. The test, convalescent or vaccination certificate can and should also be uploaded there.
The confirmation of the successfully completed digital entry registration must be carried when entering from a high-risk area or virus variant area by means of a carrier (for example: aeroplane). 

In case of difficulties or technical malfunctions, a substitute notification must be filled in completely instead. The instructions in the replacement notification indicate where to hand it in (e.g. on request to the carrier or to the Federal Police). If there is no request to hand in the replacement notification, you are obliged either to make up the digital entry notification after entry or to send the completed replacement notification by post to the following address: Deutsche Post E-POST Solutions GmbH, Aussteigekarte, 69990 Mannheim.

Rules and quarantine after entry from high risk areas

Obligation to provide proof high risk area (persons 12 years and older):

On entry or before transport to Germany: test certificate (rapid antigen test/PCR test), proof of vaccination or proof of recovery is obligatory. In the case of the PCR test, the swab must not have been taken more than 72 hours before entry. In the case of the rapid antigen test, the swab must have been taken no more than 48 hours before entry. Self-tests are not accepted! 
Before entering the country, it is mandatory to fill out the digital form at www.einreiseanmeldung.de (free of charge). A confirmation of the registration should be carried along on the journey. The test, convalescent or vaccination certificate can and should also be uploaded there. Confirmation of registration must be carried when entering the country from high-risk areas.


Quarantine high risk area:

Those returning (including children) from high-risk areas must be quarantined at home for 10 days. For fully vaccinated/recovered: Quarantine ends for vaccinated and recovered as soon as proof is uploaded at www.einreiseanmeldung.de.  
For non-vaccinated and recovered: Shortening possible after 5 days at the earliest by a negative test proof.
For children under 12 years of age, quarantine ends automatically after the fifth day of entry after prior stay in a high-risk area.

Rules and quarantine on virus variant areas

Obligation to provide evidence of virus variant areas (persons 12 years and older):

On entry or before transport to Germany: test certificate (antigen rapid test/PCR test) is obligatory for all. Proof of vaccination or convalescence is not sufficient! For the PCR test, the swab must have been taken no more than 72 hours before entry. For the rapid antigen test, the swab must have been taken no more than 24 hours before entry. Self-tests are not accepted!
Before entering the country, it is mandatory to fill out the digital form at www.einreiseanmeldung.de (free of charge). A confirmation of the registration should be carried along on the journey. The test, convalescent or vaccination certificate can and should also be uploaded there. Confirmation of registration must be carried when entering from virus variant areas.

Quarantine virus variant areas:

Those returning (including children) from virus-variant areas must be placed in domestic quarantine for 14 days.
There is no possibility of shortening the quarantine period for those entering (including children) from virus variant areas.
If the affected virus variant area is classified as a high-risk area after entry into the Federal Republic of Germany and before the 14 days have expired, the regulations for high-risk areas apply to the termination of isolation.

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

This information is currently available in German and English. Other language versions will follow shortly.