Germany Eases Entry Requirements for Tourists
Just like dominoes, one by one it seems that countries around the world are beginning to ease their entry requirements, doing so with one eye cast firmly on a long-overdue summer of travel.
Here’s everything you need to know about Germany’s updated requirements, plus a look at which travellers may be able to enter the country this summer.
Germany Relaxes Entry Rules
Like much of the rest of the continent, the earlier months of the pandemic saw Germany move to enact an almost total shutdown of its borders, allowing access to only citizens, residents and those travelling for essential reasons.
The announcement that the country is set to ease its restrictions is set to be a welcome change and a sign of how far they have come in their fight against the pandemic.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved a series of changes that will allow certain travelers to enter without the need to quarantine. The key changes included:
- Travellers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, or recovered from an infection, will no longer need to test on arrival or quarantine, unless coming from an area where variants of concern are prevalent
- Unvaccinated travellers may end their quarantine early if they test negative
These new rules are bound to make Germany more attractive for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers with quarantine off the cards completely for many.
Countries Currently Allowed Entry into Germany
Access to Germany is still restricted at present, as is the case for many EU countries. In principle, entering Germany is possible for travellers from the following:
- EU member states / Schengen Member States (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein)
- New Zealand
- South Korea
Whilst the list may be shorter than many would have liked, it looks as though it is set to increase soon. A press release by the European Commission states:
The Commission proposes to allow entry to the EU for non-essential reasons not only for all persons coming from countries with a good epidemiological situation but also all people who have received the last recommended dose of an EU-authorised vaccine.
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