Traveling to Germany? Here are the newest test and quarantine requirements


Nose swab sample for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test from the Swiss multinational healthcare company Roche are pictured at the coronavirus testing facility of Unisante during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Monday, November 9, 2020. (KEYSTONE/Laurent Gillieron), © KEYSTONE

30.03.2021 - Article

Before boarding, any airline passenger entering Germany on or after March 30th, 2021 will have to provide proof of a negative Covid test taken a maximum of 48 hours before entry. This requirement applies to all air travel to Germany, including travel from Canada and countries that have been classified as low-risk areas. The testing requirement will remain in place until midnight on May 12th, 2021.

Passengers entering Germany before midnight on March 29th do not need a pre-departure test, but will be required to obtain a test within 48 hours of arrival.
Airlines will be prohibited from transporting passengers who do not provide a negative test result.

If passengers are unable to provide a negative test result, airlines may provide a test before departure.

According to the German Robert-Koch-Institute, Canada is currently listed as a country with a high Corona risk. Depending on the regulation of the competent federal state in Germany persons entering Germany from Canada must enter quarantine for 10 days. After five days of entry, it is possible to shorten the quarantine with a second negative Corona test result. You may only be released from the obligation to self-isolate at home – no earlier than 5 days after entering Germany – if you provide proof of a 2nd negative test result.

Important note: Presenting a negative COVID-19 test result does not exempt you from the obligation to self-quarantine.
Possible exemptions to the quarantine can be found on the websites of the individual federal states. A list of their websites can be found on the website of the Federal Government.

Please consult the website of the German federal state to which you are traveling / in which you have your residence or intend to stay for more details, as rules may vary from federal state to state (Bundesland). It is strongly advised to check the regulations currently in place for travelers regarding testing obligations and quarantine periods. Information on quarantine regulations can be found here:

Rules for incoming passengers to Germany
Quarantine regulations of the federal states
Coronavirus: Frequently Asked Questions (provided by the Ministry of Interior, in English language)
Testing requirements (provided by the Robert-Koch-Institute)

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