Germany: COVID-19 Travel Bans & Travel RestrictionsUpdated on 12 may 2021, 09:54 UTC+8
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Entry into GermanyEntry prohibited
From May 8, 2021, foreign nationals are prohibited from entering Germany. This policy does not apply to citizens from countries or regions in the European Union, countries or regions associated with the Schengen Area, Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, or Thailand, provided such persons are not traveling from an area identified by the Robert-Koch-Institut as having widespread occurrence of a SARS-CoV-2 virus variant of concern. Further exemptions exist for lawful residents, transit passengers who do not leave the transit zone of an international airport, persons with a recognized urgent need, and a "few other special cases."
All persons (including German nationals) traveling to Germany by air must, regardless of origin, present proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 issued no more than 48 hours prior to departure using a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) performed by a testing provider recognized by the Robert-Koch-Institut. All persons authorized to enter Germany who are traveling by other modes of transportation and who, within 10 days of their scheduled departure, have visited a "high incidence area" or a "virus variant area" must present proof of a negative NAAT result issued no more than 48 hours prior to departure. All persons who, within 10 days of their scheduled departure, have visited a "risk area" must carry a negative NAAT result or obtain one within 48 hours of their arrival in Germany. Additionally, travelers must submit an online health registration form prior to departure.
All persons (including German nationals) who, within 10 days of their scheduled departure, have visited a "risk area," a "high incidence area," or "a virus variant area" must submit an online health registration form prior to departure and undergo a 10-day self-isolation or quarantine upon arrival. Health registration forms are available at the following URL: https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de/
Be advised, many state-level authorities in Germany have implemented additional policies and restrictions for persons arriving into their jurisdictions. A current list of risk locations is available from the following URL: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html
Returning to United StatesEntry prohibited
From May 4, 2021, foreign nationals who have visited any of the following countries or regions within 14 days of their arrival in the United States are prohibited from entering: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mainland China, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City, and the United Kingdom. This policy provides limited exemptions for persons providing vital support for critical infrastructure, journalists, students, and certain academics covered by exchange visitor programs.
All persons traveling to the United States (including US nationals) must present proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 3 days to departure using a nucleic acid or antigen test. Alternatively, persons who, at any point within 90 days of their scheduled departure for the United States, tested positive for COVID-19 may present "documentation of recovery" for travel to the United States. This must include proof of the positive test result along with a certificate from a recognized healthcare provider attesting that the traveler is not currently exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 is and cleared for travel. All travelers must additionally sign a form attesting that the information provided to airline staff is truthful and accurate to the best of the traveler's knowledge. Persons lacking such proof are prohibited from boarding flights bound for the United States. More information including post-travel recommendations is available via the following URL: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
The United States government has mostly suspended the issuing of new visas and all US land border checkpoints with Canada and Mexico are closed to non-essential traffic. Additional restrictions are in place for persons holding special category visas including H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 visas. All travelers are encouraged to contact their local US embassy or consulate prior to finalizing travel arrangements. When arriving into or traveling within the United States, all persons must wear masks covering their mouth and nose while aboard any conveyance or at any transportation hub. Be advised, various state and local authorities in the United States have implemented additional policies and restrictions for persons arriving into their jurisdictions.