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Travel to Germany

If you are travelling to Germany, you may be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test before departure or on arrival depending on your departure country.

Entry regulations for the United Kingdom

Effective 21 December, flights from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland are prohibited to land in Germany. This restriction includes transfers in Germany with the United Kingdom as final destination.

Exemptions to the restrictions are:

  • Flights for the purpose of repositioning of aircrafts including crew
  • Cargo, postal or ferry flights
  • Flights with medical personnel in the interest of public health

Entry restrictions to the State of Bavaria

Effective 23 December 2020, entry restrictions to the State of Bavaria are applicable. Anyone from a corona risk area must either provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test or immediately perform the test upon arrival in Bavaria. The test should be carried out not more than 48 hours before entering Bavaria.

The negative test result has to be presented to local health authorities within 72 hours of arrival in Bavaria.

The test centres at the airports or the municipal centres are available for this purpose. Notices are displayed on highways leading to Bavaria to inform people of applicable entry restrictions

For further information, as well as information on high risk countries, please click here.

Entry regulations for flights from South Africa

Effective 23 December 2020, direct flights from South Africa to Germany are prohibited.

COVID-19 testing requirements

All passengers entering Dusseldorf who have been to a risk area other than South Africa and the United Kingdom at any given time within the last 10 days are required to hold a COVID-19 PCR test no older than 48 hours - or will have to be tested immediately after arrival. More information can be found here.

Effective 11 January 2021, all passengers travelling to Germany are required to complete a COVID-19 PCR test no longer than 48 hours prior to arrival in Germany. Passengers who have not completed the COVID-19 PCR test will be tested immediately upon arrival in Germany.

Required forms

All passengers inbound to Germany are mandated to register onto to complete a Digital Entry Declaration ("DEA"). At the time of check-in, passengers are to ensure they have a confirmation form of the registration, either saved or printed.

If you are not able to complete the form online, please download the form and complete it before arrival in Germany.

Passengers who do not complete the Digital Entry Declaration ("DEA") will not be accepted for travel.


Effective 8 November, The Federal German States have implemented a change in the quarantine procedures upon arrival in Germany:

  • A 10 day quarantine is mandatory for all passengers arriving, who stayed within the last 10 days in a high-risk country. Visit the following link for an overview of the high risk countries.
  • The quarantine requirement can be shorted by doing a PCR test from the fifth day onwards. Once the test results are received and negative the quarantine is cancelled.
  • The rule to avoid a quarantine by presenting a negative PCR on arrival becomes obsolete with that date.
  • The test for return travellers from risk countries is currently free of charge.
  • Exemptions for the quarantine regulations do exist and can be checked on the following link

Other information

Please read through the rules for incoming passengers to Germany before you travel.

Find more information about German government restrictions from the Federal Foreign Office and the Robert Koch Institute

You can also check these FAQs.

For more information refer to FAQs in English or German.

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