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Germany Travel Restrictions and Entry Requirements – [Updated]

Germany entry restrictions to keep changing, and exit warnings to be replaced with country-specific advice

Heiko Maas, The Minister of Foreign Affairs has reportedly announced the end of travel warnings to third-countries. Starting on October 1, these restrictions will be replaced by “country-specific warnings”. This new strategy will allow Germans to travel to places they have been strongly discouraged to visit as of today. Meanwhile, the restrictions to enter the German territory will keep changing depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries.

Keep reading to see if your country is in the list of the lucky ones and what restrictions may apply to you.

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What countries can enter Germany during COVID?

Updated on new risk-areas, October 17th:

  • Croatia: the counties Grad (city) Zagreb und Međimurska
  • Finland: the region Ostrobothnia
  • France: the complete Mainland France and the French Overseas Territory Martinique
  • Hungary: the county Veszprém
  • Ireland: the regions Mid-West, South-West, Mid-East, West and Midlands
  • Italy: the regions Campania and Liguria
  • Malta: the complete country
  • Netherlands: the complete country (incl. constituent countries)
  • Poland: the regions Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Małopolskie, Podlaski, Pomorskie and
  • Świętokrzyskie
  • Portugal: the region Norte
  • Slovakia: the complete country
  • Slovenia: the regions Jugovzhodna Slovenija, Pomurska and Podravska
  • Sweden: the provinces Jämtland, Örebro, Uppsala, Stockholm
  • Switzerland: the cantons Fribourg, Jura, Neuchâtel, Nidwalden, Schwyz, Uri, Zurich und Zug
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: England: the regions East Midlands
  • and West Midlands
  • Namibia is no longer considered a risk area.

Check out: English archives of latest travel restrictions here.

If you have a passport from one of the following countries you can travel to Germany without any problems.

  • EU countries
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein 
  • Norway
  • Switzerland
  • The United Kingdom

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 coming from 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.

What is the COVID-19 pandemic like in Germany?

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

Although Germany has had 272,337confirmed positive cases and 9,386 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.

As of September 17, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn, has announced a new response strategy after The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 2,194 new infections within 24 hours last week. This new strategy will include better quality rapid tests, and new hospital restrictions to avoid people infecting each other in the waiting room. 

With 83,149,300 million inhabitants, the country is reporting a relatively positive rate of only 0-12 deaths per day over the last couple of weeks. 

What activities can you do in Germany during 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. 

Gatherings 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.

Our suggestion

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 information in English click here.