Germany is home to some of the most bewitching and charming mountainscapes, enigmatic forests, and majestic castles, alongside post-modern cities and metropoles. From world-class museums & funky neighbourhoods in Berlin, and the Royal Palace and cobbled streets in Munich to jubilant street festivals like Oktoberfest and the mysterious, pine tree Black Forest, Germany is a backpacker’s haven with surprises at every corner.
Can I travel to Germany?
Who can enter?
Nationals of the European Union, Schengen area, United Kingdom, Australia, Georgia, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay
Rules for travelers
Quarantine of 10 days required for some countries.
- Mandatory temperature check and thermal screening as per protocols
- Mandatory to present a negative PCR test certificate carried out less than 72 hours before departure
Recommended to download CoronaWarn App
Is it safe traveling to Germany?
Germany was one of the first European countries to reopen domestic travel within the country. The rate of infection has been increasing, ranging from about 18,000 - 21,000 cases everyday. The rapid growth in the ongoing pandemic has brought the country to a standstill and may ease restrictions in December, depending on the reduction in the number of infections per day.
Do I have to quarantine on arrival?
If you are arriving from one of the high risk countries, you will have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Visitors can exempt from quarantine upon arrival, if they submit a negative COVID-19 test certificate.
Will there be a health screening on arrival at Airports and Ports?
Yes, all visitors entering Germany will go through a health screening that includes temperature check and a visual examination of the individual's well being. The airports have also introduced COVID-19 test for free for all visitors who show symptoms or want to get themselves checked upon arrival.
Do I have to undergo COVID-19 test on arrival?
No, it is not mandatory for visitors arriving from outside of the high risk country list. However, the airport is providing free tests at the airport for all arrivals if the individual is showing symptoms of the virus.
What happens if I show symptoms of Covid 19 on arrival?
If you show symptoms upon arrival, you will undergo a full body check up and a PCR test will be conducted for the virus. You will be subjected to quarantine restrictions for 14 days if the results come back positive.
Do I have to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate on arrival?
It is not mandatory for visitors arriving from outside of the high risk country list to submit a negative PCR test certificate. All visitors arriving from outside of the approved list of countries can submit a negative PCR test certificate to be exempted from quarantine restrictions.
Is it mandatory to obtain travel insurance before traveling to Germany?
No, it is not mandatory to have travel health insurance to visit Germany. However, it is recommended to have insurance that covers COVID-19.
Do I have to provide any other medical certificate on arrival?
No, there are no additional medical certificates required.
Are there any other essential documents required on arrival?
After the outbreak of the coronavirus, most countries have issued strict rules for international travel. However, Germany has not announced a universal form that needs to be submitted by visitors.
Are there any exemptions from travel restrictions in Germany?
- Students who study in one of the EU/Schengen member states and possess the appropriate visa and medical insurance who are traveling within the course of their academic studies or 15 days prior.
- Highly qualified workers including participants in high-level sporting events that take place in Germany.
- People traveling for duly accredited family reasons.
- People traveling for humanitarian reasons
- Health professionals coming to Germany for work
- Goods and transport personnel
- Diplomats, consular, international officials, military personnel, civil protection and members of humanitarian organizations.
Do I have to download any mobile apps on arrival?
Yes, you may download the CoronaWarn App. Users of this app get an alert when they are in close proximity to a COVID-19 positive user.
Are there any other rules and restrictions for international travelers
All visitors must abide by the following rules:
Face masks: Since late April, all federal states have required everyone to cover nose and mouth with an ordinary mask when using public transport and in all indoor spaces.
Social distancing: Try keeping a distance of 1 metre in public. Avoid greeting people with a handshake or a hug.
Physical hygiene: Wash hands frequently for 20 seconds. Always carry an alcohol based sanitizer in case soap and water is not available.
Are there domestic travel restrictions in Germany?
There are a few restrictions within the country. Large events and parties are not permitted until further notice. Massive events such as Munich's Oktoberfest, have been canceled. 90% of the attractions, museums and amusement parks have reopened and they all have strict hygiene rules with social distancing measures.
Are hotels open in Germany?
Most hotels have reopened in Germany with 60% capacity. Extensive hygiene measures are in place to protect the employees and the guests. Hotels in Germany are denying entry to all visitors showing symptoms.
Are restaurants, cafes and bars in Germany open?
Restaurants and bars are open for delivery/takeout only.
Are flights operating?
Yes, domestic flights have resumed at limited capacity. International flights are still limited to essential travellers, government officials, repatriated citizens, nationals of EU Member States, the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Australia, Georgia, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Strict measures have been employed at the airports as well as on board the flights to ensure the safety of passengers and the crew.
Are trains operating?
Yes, train services have resumed at full capacity. Strict hygiene measures continue to be employed at the train stations as well as on board to ensure the safety of passengers and the crew. Time tables and track routes may have been updated. Please refer to the official timetable for updated timings.
What is the status of local transportation?
Metro: Metro services across cities are running at limited capacity. Strict hygiene measures have been employed at metro stations as well as on board to ensure the safety of passengers
Buses: Buses running between cities have resumed operations in limited frequency/capacity. Intercity buses and all forms of road transport have also resumed. Travelers are expected to maintain strict hygiene and social distancing practices.
Taxis: Taxi services have been resumed across all cities at limited capacity. Local city operators as well as app-based taxi services have resumed operations. Taxis are limited to 1/2 passengers per ride and strict hygiene and social distancing
Where to go in Germany
Nothing speaks of art and creativity than Berlin’s streets; museums and galleries dedicated to art, graffitis, live music, and great bars line up every junction, fusing history and tradition into a unique blend of urban chic. Travel to Munich and take part in the 5-day Oktoberfest filled with beer steins and explore several sophisticated opera houses and the National Theatre.
Things to do in Germany
Germany is a true pandora’s box of Europe’s most exquisite experiences and warrants a place in your top cities to visit. Experience the opulence of the Frauenkirche cathedral in Dresden, soak in the jaw-dropping architecture of the historic churches and royal palaces, or sing alongside some of the best street performers in the business in Berlin; the opportunities are countless.
New Rules and Reopening of Tourist Attractions in Germany
Experience the unique amalgamation of tradition and urban style on the streets of Berlin as you drink a mug of Europe’s finest beer and listen to some of the best street performers you’ll ever see. Travel back in time while visiting the Neuschwanstein Castle, checkmark all the historic structures at Heidelberg, or witness Baltic seaports at Lubeck.
Away from the Crowd
The road to recovery for Germany after the COVID 19 pandemic is a rather steep one, but the country is ready to climb back to normalcy. Many local attractions are likely to open by May 29, 2020. If you’re looking for something more exclusive in Germany, trek to the 19th-century bridge at Gablenz, Saxony, admire the magnificent architecture of the Wiblingen Abbey in Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, drift on a small boat on the emerald-colored Lake Königssee in Berchtesgadener Land, Bavaria or channel your inner daredevil and walk on the Bastei Bridge in Elbe River, Saxon Switzerland.
Post COVID Travel Essentials for Germany
You must be wondering about what measures and safety guidelines to follow before and during your trip. This section takes you through everything you need to know to plan a safe trip, including visa and passport essentials, travel insurance, what to pack, etc.
N-95 masks N95 mask is a global-standard respirator mask that is made from polypropylene and can filter out at least 95% of very small (0.3 micron) particles. N95 masks are also capable of filtering out all types of pathogens, including bacteria and viruses. With mandatory use of masks across airports and all forms of social interactions, it's mandatory that you carry at least 2 masks with yourself.
Gloves Non-sterile patient examination gloves, which are routinely used in healthcare settings, are appropriate for keeping your hands from getting contaminated. Remember to carry a bunch due to their disposable nature.
Hand sanitizer Hand sanitizers sold in pharmacies typically have an alcohol concentration of around 60%. It has been observed that hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol concentration work effectively and can inactive the novel coronavirus. Though most attractions are reopening with sanitisation stations, it's only beneficial to carry your own in case you run into an emergency.
Portable charger We all understand the value of staying connected in these times. As travel in the post COVID world moves towards a more contact-free and digital experience, it’s important that you always carry a portable charger when you travel.
Digital thermometer & first-aid kit You can prevent unnecessary trips to the hospital if you carry a first-aid kit with yourself. Take a digital thermometer along as they’re durable and you can keep a regular check on your body temperature.
Extra clothes Carry an extra pair of clothes with you that you wear only at the airports or other places with heavy footfall while traveling. While catching the air-borne virus can be prevented by wearing masks and social distancing, carrying an extra pair of clothes just minimises the risk that much further.
Ziplock bags Use zip lock bags to isolate pieces of clothing or items that you will not be using again. This will prevent any possibility of cross-contamination.
Wash your hands frequently Wash your hands with soap regularly and thoroughly to remove pathogens. You can also use alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol to kill bacteria and viruses.
Maintain distance and avoid close contact (6 feet or 2 arms length) Maintain at least 6feet distance between yourself and others. When someone coughs or sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus.
Always wear a mask in public Since COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and is air-borne, wear a mask, coupled with social distancing to prevent getting infected and/or spreading it to others.
Clean and disinfect surfaces Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant. Cleaning with soap and water reduces the number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
Travel insurance is now going to become even more important than it was. Whether it’s regarding flight cancellations or medical emergencies, insurance while traveling is going to play a major part in our travel planning and expenses. There are 5 major types of insurances available for you to consider:
Trip Cancellation These insurances cover you if you were to cancel your trip due to unforeseen events such as illness, injury, or death suffered by the insured or a member of the insured’s immediate family. Some policies however exclude trip cancellation in the event of war or civil disturbance.
Flight Delay/Cancellation Flight delay/cancellation insurance pays for new travel arrangements/flight tickets and in some cases, accommodations and meals. This depends on your provider so read your policy carefully.
Medical Insurance Medical insurance covers the cost of transportation in case of emergency medical evacuation, due to injury or sickness. Some medical insurances also cover COVID-19 infections should you get infected after the effective policy date.
You may sometimes end up having to pay up front for your medical services, which will then be reimbursed by your insurance company. In other cases, the insurance company will provide “proof of direct payment” to the healthcare provider.
Baggage Loss Baggage loss insures you in case your luggage is lost, delayed, or stolen. It sometimes includes a cash payment if your bags are delayed for more than 12/24 hours after you arrive at your destination.
Travel Document Protection Travel document protection insurance covers you so that you can replace a lost passport or other travel documents.
Seek medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- Troubled breathing
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
If you think you have been exposed to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) or have any of the symptoms mentioned above, seek medical attention immediately.
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Post COVID International Travel
The word is reopening again. Pockets of movement and travel bubbles have begun to pop up. While the cautious may stick to their own shores and travel domestically, international travel looks to be slowly recovering. In our extensive report linked below, you can learn about each country’s international travel policies, their current status with regards to COVID-19 numbers and the travel regulations in place.
The report also looks at 500+ major tourist attractions around the world and regularly updates their opening dates and rules of visiting in real-time. We also take a close look at how COVID-19 will impact the way we make our travel plans - picking destinations, choosing the right time to visit, packing essentials and more. Click on a link to read more.