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Questions and answers about digital entry registration, the obligation to provide evidence and entry quarantine

There are exceptions to the obligation to register, test and provide evidence as well as the obligation to quarantine. A full overview of the applicable exemptions can be found in the regulation text.

What does the coronavirus entry regulation regulate?

The new Coronavirus Entry Ordinance of May 12, 2021 brings together the provisions of the original Coronavirus Entry Ordinance, the Coronavirus Protection Ordinance and the Model Quarantine Ordinance. It thus regulates the registration, quarantine and proof requirements as well as the ban on transport from virus variant areas nationwide.

The ordinance includes a general obligation to provide evidence for those arriving by air. In principle, these people - regardless of whether they were in a risk area - must present a negative test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery to the carrier before departure. In addition, when entering the Federal Republic of Germany after a stay in a foreign risk area (simple risk area, high incidence or virus variant area), special documentation requirements and a quarantine obligation must be observed. When entering from so-called virus variant areas - subject to very narrowly limited exceptions - there is a ban on transport by train, bus, ship and flight from these areas.

What applies to those who have been vaccinated and who have recovered?

Evidence of vaccination and recovery are equivalent to negative test evidence within the scope of the obligation to provide evidence. You can also be exempt from entry quarantine. This does not apply to a previous stay in a virus variant area, here travelers are always obliged to present a negative test result on entry; the evidence then does not release you from the entry quarantine.

Are the new regulations limited in time?

The ordinance ceases to be in force when the German Bundestag repeals the epidemic situation of national scope. The quarantine regulations apply until June 30, 2021.

What is a risk area?

A risk area is an area outside the Federal Republic of Germany for which the Federal Ministry of Health, in agreement with the Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Building and Home Affairs have an increased risk of infection with a certain threatening communicable disease, for example an infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 was found. The Robert Koch Institute publishes a continuously updated list of risk areas on the Internet at www.rki.de/risikogebiete.

What is a high incidence area?

High incidence areas are risk areas with special characteristics. These can be areas with a particularly high number of cases, for example several times the mean 7-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants in Germany, an indication is regularly a 7-day incidence of more than 200 or - based on the qualitative assessment, such as a low one Test rate with a high positivity rate at the same time - the incidence to be assumed is correspondingly high.

What is a virus variant area?

Virus variant areas are risk areas with special characteristics. These can be areas in which a virus variant (mutation) of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has occurred widespread, which is not widespread in Germany at the same time and which can be assumed to pose a particular risk. Such special risks can arise, among other things, from the fact that the virus variant

  • presumably or demonstrably more easily transferred,
  • accelerates the spread of infection due to another property,
  • the severity of the disease increases
  • or against whom the effect of immunity achieved by vaccination or surviving COVID infection is weakened.

What is a simple risk area?

For risk areas that are not high incidence areas or virus variant areas, the designation as "simple risk areas“In use.

How do I know if I come from a risk area (simple risk, high incidence or virus variant area)?

Which areas are currently are classified as a simple risk area, high incidence and virus variant area, you can use the list on the following website: www.rki.de/risikogebiete.

Where do immigrants have to register?

The digital entry registration be made if you have been in a risk area within the ten days prior to entry. On the entry portal https://einreiseanmeldung.de you enter the information about your stays of the last ten days. After you have given all the necessary information in full, you will receive a PDF file as confirmation. As a rule, your carrier will check whether you can present a confirmation prior to the carriage. Otherwise, they cannot be transported.

What do I do if I do not have access to a computer or smartphone or if the entry portal for the digital entry registration is not available?

If the digital entry registration is not possible due to a lack of technical equipment or technical malfunctions, a replacement notification in paper form (PDF file - not barrier-free, 227 KB) (PDF file not barrier-free) must alternatively be filled out.

If there is no request to submit the replacement notification (by your carrier or by the competent authority in the context of border police duties), you are obliged to either make up for the digital entry registration at the latest 24 hours after entry or to send the completed replacement notification by post to the following address:

Deutsche Post E-POST Solutions GmbH, 69990 Mannheim

Who does the obligation to provide evidence apply to?

All persons who travel to Germany by plane, have to before departure provide the carrier with a negative test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery. This obligation to provide evidence applies regardless of whether you have stayed in a risk area. In addition, upon entry into the Federal Republic of Germany, after a Stay in a foreign risk area special obligations to provide evidence must be observed.

When does the proof have to be presented?

Travelers in air traffic (regardless of whether they were in a risk area before entering the country) and travelers who have previously stayed in a high-incidence or virus variant area must, as a matter of principle, already have a negative test certificate with them upon arrival and, if a carrier is used, proof of this present for the purpose of transport. If you arrive by air and if you have previously stayed in a high-incidence area, you can also present a certificate of vaccination or convalescence. A carriage without proof is excluded.

If you enter after previous stay in a risk area that is not a high incidence or virus variant area, you must be able to present a negative test result, vaccination or recovery certificate no later than 48 hours after entry.

How old can the test be?

The test evidence must refer to a test that was performed a maximum of 48 hours (for antigen tests) or 72 hours (PCR) ago. The time of entry is decisive for the calculation of these periods. In virus variant areas, the antigen test time is reduced to 24 hours.

At what time does the entry into Germany take place?

In principle, when crossing the border of the Federal Republic of Germany, entry takes place by land, water or air from abroad. If the entry is made by a carrier, the planned first arrival with the option of getting off in the Federal Republic of Germany is based on.

Switching in the international transit area of ​​an airport in order to travel on from a third country to another third country does not count as entry.

Do air travelers who only change trains in the Federal Republic of Germany have to meet the provisions of the Coronavirus Entry Ordinance? Does this also apply to air travelers who are in the international transit zones of German airports?

Air passengers who only change trains in the Federal Republic of Germany have to comply with the provisions of the Coronavirus Entry Ordinance. However, this does not apply to the change in the international transit area of ​​an airport in order to travel on from a third country to another third country.

Which tests are recognized?

Basically, methods of nucleic acid amplification technology are used (PCR, LAMP, TMA) and Antigen tests recognized for the direct detection of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

Antibody tests become Not accepted.

Rapid antigen tests are recognized if they meet the minimum criteria recommended by the WHO. These include tests that, compared to PCR tests, achieve a ≥80% sensitivity and ≥97% specificity. The performance parameters of rapid antigen tests are always related to the performance parameters of a PCR and vary from manufacturer to manufacturer (see package insert for the rapid antigen test).

The testing must be carried out or monitored in the Federal Republic of Germany or abroad by a service provider in accordance with Section 6 (1) of the Coronavirus Test Ordinance or as part of a company test in the sense of occupational safety by personnel who have the necessary training or knowledge and experience be carried out or monitored abroad by a body authorized under the law of the respective state. The third party must also check and confirm the identity of the person tested using an official photo ID. The date of the test and the type of test that was used must be noted on the evidence.

Evidence can be provided in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish in embodied or digital form. You can find detailed information on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.

What if the test is positive? Can I then not go back to Germany?

Transport by the transport company is only permitted with a negative test certificate. Insulation according to local regulations is to be carried out at your own risk.

Entry quarantine requirement

Who does a quarantine apply to after entry?

If you have stayed in a risk area, you have to go home immediately after arrival - or to some other accommodation at the destination - and isolate yourself for ten days (domestic quarantine). In the case of a previous stay in a virus variant area, the separation period is fourteen days.

Does the quarantine obligation also apply to those who have recovered and who have been vaccinated?

The domestic quarantine can be ended prematurely if proof of recovery or a proof of vaccination is transmitted via the entry portal of the Federal Republic of Germany at https://einreiseanmeldung.de. This applies to all travelers who have previously stayed in a high-incidence area or a simple risk area. The quarantine can then be ended from the time of transmission.

No quarantine is required if the proof is submitted prior to entry.

After stay in virus variant areas People with a recovery or vaccination certificate are also obliged to a fourteen-day quarantine. This cannot be ended prematurely either.

Who can test themselves free?

After a previous stay in a simple risk area, the domestic quarantine can be ended prematurely if a negative test certificate is transmitted via the entry portal of the Federal Republic of Germany at https://einreiseanmeldung.de. The quarantine can then be ended from the time of transmission. No quarantine is required if the proof is submitted prior to entry.

After previous stay in High incidence areas can a Testing no earlier than five days after entry be made. After staying in Virus variant areas the quarantine lasts 14 days and an early termination of the quarantine is not possible.

What counts as proof of recovery?

Proof of the presence of a previous infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish in embodied or digital form, if the underlying testing has been carried out by laboratory diagnostics using nucleic acid detection (PCR, PoC-PCR or other methods of nucleic acid amplification technology) and at least 28 days and a maximum of six months ago.

What counts as proof of vaccination?

Proof of the presence of a complete vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish in the form of a vaccination pass, written evidence or in digital form, if the underlying vaccination with one or more from Paul Ehrlich Institute on the Internet at the address https://www.pei.de/impfstoffe/covid-19 mentioned vaccines and

  • Either consists of a number of vaccine doses published by the Paul Ehrlich Institute on the Internet at the address https://www.pei.de/impfstoffe/covid-19, which is required for a complete vaccination, and at least since the last required individual vaccination 14 days have passed, or
  • consists of a given dose of vaccine in a recovered person.