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Germany remains open for tourism with new travel restrictions

December 9. Germany is open for tourism to the EU, Schengen and some third-party countries. Different entry restrictions apply to red-listed countries.

Travelers arriving in Germany who have spent time in a risk area within 10 days prior to entry are subjected to a mandatory COVID-19 test and might need to quarantine.

Countries, areas and territories that have made it to the red list since last November

Updated: December 9

  • Bulgaria (since 1 Nov)
  • Canada (since 15 Nov)
  • Croatia (since 1 Nov)
  • Cyprus – Cyprus (since 1 Nov)
  • Denmark – the complete country with exception of the Faroe Islands and Greenland. (Since 8 Nov)
  • Estonia
  • Botswana (since 22 Nov)
  • Hungary (since 1 Nov)
  • Ireland – South-East (since 6 Dec)
  • Italy (since 8 Nov)
  • Vatican City State (since 1 Nov)
  • Latvia (since 22. Nov)
  • Lithuania (since 22. Nov)
  • Monaco (since 1 Nov)
  • Portugal – Azores is considered as additional risk area since 29 Nov
  • Qatar (since 15 June)
  • Moldova (since 15 June)
  • Congo (since 15 June)
  • Romania (since 7 October)
  • Russia (since 15 June)
  • San Marino (since 1 Nov)
  • Slovenia (since 1 Nov)
  • Sweden (since 15 Nov)
  • UK (since 15 Nov)

Check the full list of high risk countries here.

Who can travel to Germany?

  • EU countries
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein 
  • Norway
  • Switzerland
  • UK

Non-European countries 

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Georgia
  • New Zealand
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay

* China, Japan, and South Korea will be admitted as soon as they allow German visitors in their territories.

What are the restrictions in Germany if you are visiting from a risk area?

If you come from a risk area – even if it is in an unrestricted country – or you have been to one in the 14 days prior to arrival, these regulations apply to you.

  • You can submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the 48 hours prior to arrival to avoid quarantine.
  • If your test does not meet the standards you will have to take a new test either at the airport or in your residence (at no cost to you as long as you take it within the next 72 hours). In this case, you will need to quarantine immediately while you await for the results and notify the Health Office about your quarantine status by phone or email.

Current COVID-19 situation in Germany

Although Germany has had 1,197,709 confirmed positive cases and 19,342 deaths since the pandemic struck, the country has been widely praised by its initial outbreak response being considered today as an example to be followed by neighboring nations.

Its rapid containment efforts, massive testing, and extensive public communication and transparency has allowed Germany to keep a consistent low death toll since the end of May.

With 83,149,300 million inhabitants, the country is reporting an average of 300 deaths per day.

What activities are allowed in Germany during the pandemic?

Tourist and social activities 

  • Bars, pubs, and shisha bars
  • Cinemas 
  • Dance studios
  • Casinos 
  • Parlors 
  • All shops in Berlin (There could be restrictions in other areas). 
  • Museums and libraries 
  • Dry saunas (where no water is poured over heated rocks) 
  • Government-approved beaches and outdoor pools

Sport activities 

  • Contactless indoors sports halls 
  • Fitness studios 
  • Martial arts (Maximum 4 people including the coach)


  • Restaurants and cafes with no limitations on opening hours in Berlin. (There could be restrictions in other areas). 

Take into account that all the places above are working at a limited capacity. Booking in advance is advisable. 

Gathering restrictions 

  • Public or private gatherings of more than 50 people must provide contact information in case someone tests positive for COVID-19 
  • Participants at demonstrations with more than 100 people must wear masks.
  • Religious gatherings held outdoors or indoors have no attendance limitations as long as the place can provide a minimum of 1.5-meter (5-feet) distance. 

What activities are still forbidden in Germany? 

  • Clubs, theaters, concert halls and opera houses remain closed until further notice.

Since the list of countries allowed entry to Germany is ever-changing, we strongly recommend travelers to check out the latest updates to avoid last-minute inconveniences.

For further information click here.

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