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Overview

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, Germany has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to Germany, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at: 22 July 2021

Last Updated at: 22 July 2021

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Overview

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, Germany has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to Germany, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at: 22 July 2021

Last Updated at: 22 July 2021

THINKING OF MOVING AND LIVING IN GERMANY?

Start your relocation journey with our Relo Buddies today!

Latest Update

Germany Permits Entry for Travellers Jabbed With 5 COVID-19 Vaccines, Including Covishield

To be able to enter Germany, in line with the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations for vaccinated travellers, everyone is required to be immunised with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

As such, according to the Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biometrics, Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, Germany currently recognises these vaccines:

  • BioNTech/Pfizer Manufacturing GmbH, Comirnaty (including BNT162b2/COMIRNATY, Tozinameran)
  • Janssen-Cilag International NV
  • Moderna Biotech Spain, S.L., Spikevax (including mRNA-1273)
  • AstraZeneca AB, Schweden, Vaxzevria (including AZD 1222)

“It must prove a full course of vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was completed:The vaccination on which it is based must be comprised of one or more of the vaccines listed by the Paul Ehrlich Institute,” Germany’s Federal Ministry of Health statement reads.

Besides the vaccines mentioned above, the Ministry revealed that since Covishield by the Serum Institute of India was listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization in February, the country will also recognise this type of vaccine. Similar to Germany, several other countries also recognise the Covishield vaccine.

In addition, to be permitted entry to Germany as a vaccinated person, one must prove that at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of a two-shot vaccine has been administered. As for the recovered persons, they are obliged to prove that they had the disease before departure.

According to the Federal Ministry of Health, for the vaccination certificate to be valid, it must include the following information on the holder:

  • Name, surname, and date of birth
  • Date of vaccination
  • Number of vaccine doses administered
  • Name of the disease vaccinated against
  • The person or institution responsible for issuing the vaccination certificate

The vaccination certificate is accepted as long as it is provided in German, English, French, Italian, or Spanish, which can be provided in paper or digital format.

 

Belgium Imposes New Rules for Travellers From COVID-19 High-Risk Countries.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated and plan to return to Belgium from countries considered highly affected by the Coronavirus will be obliged to take a PCR test on the first and seventh day after arrival, authorities in Belgium have confirmed.

According to Belgium’s government, persons who test positive will be required to follow the ten-day mandatory quarantine rule, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

The day-one test can be avoided if travellers present a negative result of the PCR test, not older than 72 hours, upon their arrival in the Western European country.

In addition, checks will be stricter at airports and train stations to ensure that citizens

accurately complete Passenger Locator Forms (PLF).

 

 

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Entering Germany Borders

  • All air travellers who are six years and older must show that they are fully vaccinated or fully recovered from COVID-19 or negative COVID-19 test results before entering Germany.
  • Travellers are only considered to be fully vaccinated if they have received doses that are cited on Paul Ehrlich Institute.
  • The dose must be administered 14 days prior to entering Germany.
  • Upon arrival, travellers must show written proof of vaccination (CDC card) or digital form. Travellers must also show no symptoms of COVID-19.
  • For travellers to be considered fully recovered from COVID-19, they must show proof that they were previously infected through a positive PCR test result, taken at least 28 days, but no more than six months. These travellers must also show no symptoms of the virus.
  • For travellers who are not fully vaccinated or fully recovered, they must present negative COVID-19 (PCR or rapid antigen) test results before departure to Germany.
  • The PCR test should be taken within 72 hours, and the antigen test should be taken within 48 hours.
  • For the list of approved rapid antigen test, please click here.

For more information and the latest update on entry to Germany, please click herehere.

 

Transiting Through Germany (Within, From, Or To Schengen)

The information above were all taken from the Federal Foreign Office.

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Latest Update On Schools In Germany

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Changes to Visa Related Services During COVID-19

  • Germany resumes Visa Application Centres in Muscat (Oman) & Manama (Brahim), accepting applications for a short-stay visa.
  • The Germany Visa Application Centres in Abu Dhabi and Dubai have resumed consular and passport services.
  • Germany resumes Visa Application Centre in Thimpu (Bhutan), accepting application for student, employment, urgent family visit and business visa.
  • Germany resumes Visa Application Centre in Algiers (Alegria), accepting application for limited category long term visa and legalisation requests.

For more information on the availability of German Visa Centres in your country, please click here. 

For more information on special regulations on German entry and residence visa, please visit The Federal Government.

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  • Services are currently available in Germany.
  • A safe distancing of 1.5m apart is mandatory, and shaking hands should be refrain.

 

Short Term Accommodation

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Moving Pets Into Germany

  • Individuals who are moving to Germany and outside of the EU are allowed to import a maximum for five animals. However, these animals should be family pets, not meant for trade or to be sold.
  • For those who are moving to Germany and from the EU, quarantine are not necessary for their animals if they can provide proof of vaccinations.
  • Those who wish to bring cats or dogs into Germany from a country outside of the EU must ensure that their pet is vaccinated for rabies for at least 30 days and not longer than a year before entering Germany. The proof of vaccination (EU Veterinary Certificate in German/English) can be downloaded here and must be completed by a vet.

For more information on importing pets into Germany, please visit howtogermany.com.

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Latest Update

Germany Permits Entry for Travellers Jabbed With 5 COVID-19 Vaccines, Including Covishield

To be able to enter Germany, in line with the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations for vaccinated travellers, everyone is required to be immunised with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

As such, according to the Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biometrics, Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, Germany currently recognises these vaccines:

  • BioNTech/Pfizer Manufacturing GmbH, Comirnaty (including BNT162b2/COMIRNATY, Tozinameran)
  • Janssen-Cilag International NV
  • Moderna Biotech Spain, S.L., Spikevax (including mRNA-1273)
  • AstraZeneca AB, Schweden, Vaxzevria (including AZD 1222)

“It must prove a full course of vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was completed:The vaccination on which it is based must be comprised of one or more of the vaccines listed by the Paul Ehrlich Institute,” Germany’s Federal Ministry of Health statement reads.

Besides the vaccines mentioned above, the Ministry revealed that since Covishield by the Serum Institute of India was listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization in February, the country will also recognise this type of vaccine. Similar to Germany, several other countries also recognise the Covishield vaccine.

In addition, to be permitted entry to Germany as a vaccinated person, one must prove that at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of a two-shot vaccine has been administered. As for the recovered persons, they are obliged to prove that they had the disease before departure.

According to the Federal Ministry of Health, for the vaccination certificate to be valid, it must include the following information on the holder:

  • Name, surname, and date of birth
  • Date of vaccination
  • Number of vaccine doses administered
  • Name of the disease vaccinated against
  • The person or institution responsible for issuing the vaccination certificate

The vaccination certificate is accepted as long as it is provided in German, English, French, Italian, or Spanish, which can be provided in paper or digital format.

Belgium Imposes New Rules for Travellers From COVID-19 High-Risk Countries.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated and plan to return to Belgium from countries considered highly affected by the Coronavirus will be obliged to take a PCR test on the first and seventh day after arrival, authorities in Belgium have confirmed.

According to Belgium’s government, persons who test positive will be required to follow the ten-day mandatory quarantine rule, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

The day-one test can be avoided if travellers present a negative result of the PCR test, not older than 72 hours, upon their arrival in the Western European country.

In addition, checks will be stricter at airports and train stations to ensure that citizens

accurately complete Passenger Locator Forms (PLF).

Entering Germany Borders

  • All air travellers who are six years and older must show that they are fully vaccinated or fully recovered from COVID-19 or negative COVID-19 test results before entering Germany.
  • Travellers are only considered to be fully vaccinated if they have received doses that are cited on Paul Ehrlich Institute.
  • The dose must be administered 14 days prior to entering Germany.
  • Upon arrival, travellers must show written proof of vaccination (CDC card) or digital form. Travellers must also show no symptoms of COVID-19.
  • For travellers to be considered fully recovered from COVID-19, they must show proof that they were previously infected through a positive PCR test result, taken at least 28 days, but no more than six months. These travellers must also show no symptoms of the virus.
  • For travellers who are not fully vaccinated or fully recovered, they must present negative COVID-19 (PCR or rapid antigen) test results before departure to Germany.
  • The PCR test should be taken within 72 hours, and the antigen test should be taken within 48 hours.
  • For the list of approved rapid antigen test, please click here.

For more information and the latest update on entry to Germany, please click herehere.

 

Transiting Through Germany (Within, From, Or To Schengen)

The information above were all taken from the Federal Foreign Office.

Latest Update On Schools In Germany

Changes to Visa Related Services During COVID-19

  • Germany resumes Visa Application Centres in Muscat (Oman) & Manama (Brahim), accepting applications for a short-stay visa.
  • The Germany Visa Application Centres in Abu Dhabi and Dubai have resumed consular and passport services.
  • Germany resumes Visa Application Centre in Thimpu (Bhutan), accepting application for student, employment, urgent family visit and business visa.
  • Germany resumes Visa Application Centre in Algiers (Alegria), accepting application for limited category long term visa and legalisation requests.

For more information on the availability of German Visa Centres in your country, please click here. 

For more information on special regulations on German entry and residence visa, please visit The Federal Government.

Home Search

  • Services are currently available in Germany.
  • A safe distancing of 1.5m apart is mandatory, and shaking hands should be refrain.

 

Short Term Accommodation

Moving Pets Into Germany

  • Individuals who are moving to Germany and outside of the EU are allowed to import a maximum for five animals. However, these animals should be family pets, not meant for trade or to be sold.
  • For those who are moving to Germany and from the EU, quarantine are not necessary for their animals if they can provide proof of vaccinations.
  • Those who wish to bring cats or dogs into Germany from a country outside of the EU must ensure that their pet is vaccinated for rabies for at least 30 days and not longer than a year before entering Germany. The proof of vaccination (EU Veterinary Certificate in German/English) can be downloaded here and must be completed by a vet.

For more information on importing pets into Germany, please visit howtogermany.com.

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