The following information is applicable to people who are fully vaccinated and traveling from the United States to Germany.View restrictions for unvaccinated travelers
Governments are changing their policies rapidly in response to the Omicron variant. We recommend checking in regularly and verifying requirements with the linked sources before making travel plans.
Travel is allowed with restrictions for vaccinated travelers
Fully vaccinated travelers from selected countries are allowed to enter Germany.
Transit is allowed with restrictions
Travelers are allowed to transit through Germany to a non-Schengen area country as long as they stay in the international zone of the airport and have the necessary documentation for their final destination.
Travelers in transit are required to provide one of the following:
- A negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test results from a test taken a maximum of 48 hours before arrival;
- Proof of recovery from COVID-19;
- Proof of vaccination.
Please see the source for more details.
Travelers are allowed to transit through Germany to a Schengen area country as long as they have the necessary proof required to enter their destination country. If the traveler must provide proof of reason to travel to the country of destination, travelers are recommended to present a document issued by the responsible authorities of the country of destination certifying that entry restrictions have been waived or that approval of entry has been granted.
No visa is required when traveling to Germany on a passport issued by the United States
No visa required
To visit Germany for Business or Tourism, you do not require a visa. To check permitted length of stay and other entry requirements, visit the government site.
Before You Leave
No proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results for vaccinated travelers
Fully vaccinated travelers are not required to have negative COVID-19 test results before traveling to Germany.
Children under the age of 12 do not need to be vaccinated if they are traveling with a parent who is fully vaccinated.
For more details, please see the source.
Mandatory proof of vaccination
Fully vaccinated travelers must have a vaccination certificate in paper or digital form. Proof of vaccination must be in German, English, French, Italian, or Spanish. Travelers must have received their last vaccine dose required no less than 14 days before the travel date. Vaccines accepted include Pfizer/Comirnaty, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, Moderna, Nuvaxovid, and AstraZeneca.
Travelers that have received a combination of two different vaccines may still be considered fully vaccinated. Please check the link for more information on accepted vaccines and vaccine combinations.
Travelers who recovered from COVID-19 will be considered fully vaccinated after receiving a single dose of the above-accepted vaccines. Travelers must show proof that they were infected with COVID-19 prior to being vaccinated.
Travelers with access to the EU Digital Certificate may use it to present proof.
Travelers unable to present a valid certificate may be required to comply with rules for unvaccinated travelers.
This requirement does not apply to:
- Travelers under the age of 12.
Travelers coming from risk areas must upload their negative test results, proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery a maximum of 48 hours before arrival via the Digital Registration on Entry travel portal.
Mandatory pre-registration form
Travelers from selected countries must fill out a digital entry registration form a maximum of 3 days before arrival and carry their confirmation during travel.
Travelers are recommended to submit their proof of vaccination/testing/recovery via the online portal before arrival to avoid quarantine.
This requirement does not apply to:
- Travelers who transited through a risk area without a stopover, or who are only passing through Germany;
- Travelers who spent less than 24 hours in a risk area, or who are only entering Germany for up to 24 hours, for the purpose of border traffic;
- Travelers who are being brought to Germany to be treated from COVID-19 infection in a hospital;
- Travelers who are staying for less than 72 hours in Germany or in a risk area (travelers who are entering the country to visit first-degree relatives, a spouse or life partner who does not form part of the same household, or on account of shared custody or a right of access);
- Cross-border commuters or border crossers and their work is urgently required;
- Transport personnel (if staying in an area of variants of concern in the last 10 days before arrival, this exemption does not apply to stays of longer than 72 hours);
- Member of an official delegation, who are returning to Germany via the government terminal at Berlin Brandenburg Airport or Cologne/Bonn Airport and have spent less than 72 hours in a risk area;
- Police or customs officers returning from an operation abroad;
- Member of the Bundeswehr (German Federal Armed Forces) or foreign armed forces.
No proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results for transit
Fully vaccinated travelers are not required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to make a transit connection in Germany.
Travelers may need to present proof indicating they are allowed to enter their destination country.
Quarantine may be required for vaccinated travelers
Vaccinated travelers and recovered travelers with valid proof arriving from selected countries can be exempted from quarantine unless they have spent time in a designated area of variants of concern in the past 10 days before travel. They must submit their proof of vaccination or recovery to the authorities to be exempted from quarantine.
The list of designated areas of variants of concern is regularly updated and can be found in the source.
For more details regarding traveling with children, depending on age and vaccination status, please check the source.
Health pass may be required for indoor activities
Travelers may be required to provide proof of vaccination, immunization, or negative COVID-19 test when visiting hospitals, nursing and care homes, and assisted living facilities for the disabled, as well as for access to indoor cafés and restaurants and at indoor events and celebrations, for personal care services, indoor sports and overnight accommodation.
These documents are required in districts with COVID-19 incidence rates of 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants during the past 7 days.
While You're There
Masks are mandatory in public
Travelers must wear masks on public transport, airports and in shops. Distancing rules must be respected and travelers must cover their faces using a surgical mask or FFP2 (or similar) mask.
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