Exemptions from the requirement to quarantine apply to persons who:
- have merely passed through a high-risk area (not an area of variant of concern) without a stopover,
- are only passing through Germany and leaving the country via the fastest route available,
in the case of border traffic from high-risk areas (but not areas of variant of concern): persons who have spent less than 24 hours in a risk area or are only entering Germany for a period of up to 24 hours,
- are cross-border commuters and border crossers as specified on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health from a high-risk area, or
- are cross-border commuters and border crossers as specified on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health from an area of variant of concern with the proviso that the work they carry out is urgently required and critical to maintaining operational procedures.
In addition, for high-risk areas (but not areas of variant of concern) the following applies:
The quarantine period may be ended on the basis of a negative test carried out no earlier than five days after entry. For persons who have been vaccinated or recovered from an infection and arrive from a high-risk area, mandatory quarantine ends immediately after submitting proof of vaccination or proof of recovery.