The German government announced on May 12 a new set of regulations regarding quarantine requirements and testing protocols when entering the country by air.

Key Points:

  • Proof of vaccination or previous recovery from COVID-19 can exempt travelers from the mandatory quarantine.
    • Vaccinated travelers must present proof of complete vaccination such as their yellow vaccination certificate. The complete vaccination (one or two doses depending on the vaccine) must have been completed 14 days prior to arriving in Germany and travelers must show no COVID-19 related symptoms.
    • Recovered individuals need proof of a positive PCR test (or other nucleic acid test) conducted 28 days prior to arrival but no more than six months of arrival as well as show no COVID-19 related symptoms.
    • Travelers are generally not exempt from the mandatory quarantine if they are arriving from a virus variant area or high incidence area. Quarantines can be shortened to five days for travelers from high incidence areas.
  • Individuals intending to travel to Germany by air must present a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding the plane; proof of vaccination or previous recovery can exempt travelers from this requirement.
  • Individuals can reduce their quarantine if they present a negative test certificate to appropriate authorities after arrival unless they are traveling from a high incidence area or virus variant area.
    • Travelers coming from high-incidence areas must have testing conducted after five days of entering the country.
    • Travelers coming from virus variant areas will still undergo a mandatory quarantine.

Analysis & Comments: The updated policies are intended to ease the burden of travel to Germany for many foreign nationals around the world for the upcoming months. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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