Why do business people travel

In many European countries - including Germany - the measures also include the restricted opening of restaurants and hotels depending on the 7-day incidence of a region. More information here.

List of current risk areas of the RKI

Before traveling: Information on entering Germany as a travel destination

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The Robert Koch Institute is continuously assessing the current situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus and, based on this assessment, the federal government classifies countries with a high number of cases as risk areas.

  • If you enter Germany from a high-incidence or virus variant area, you must go home immediately after arrival - or to some other accommodation at the destination - and isolate yourself for ten days (quarantine at home). This is a regulation of the federal and state governments. Since the quarantine regulations are implemented by means of statutory ordinances of the federal states, the law of the federal state into which you are entering or in which you are staying is binding. You must also be able to prove that you are not infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus no later than 48 hours after entry. The competent authority can request the submission of proof in the form of a PCR or antigen test result or a medical certificate from you up to ten days after entry.
  • The quarantine at home can usually be ended after five days at the earliest, even with a negative test result. The exact quarantine regulations are based on the regulations in the individual federal states. The quarantine obligation initially applies until June 30, 2021.
  • There is no quarantine requirement for travelers from a non-risk or high-risk area, but they must be able to prove that they are not infected with the coronavirus no later than 48 hours after entry. Evidence of vaccination and recovery can replace a negative test report.
  • Since November 8th, you have to register via a digital entry registration if you have been in a risk area up to ten days beforehand
    • On the homepage www.einreiseanmeldung.de you can provide the information about your stay over the last ten days
    • After you have given all the necessary information in full, you will receive a PDF file as confirmation
    • Before the transport, your carrier will check whether you can present a confirmation - otherwise the transport cannot take place
  • Since February 14th, controls have been carried out at the borders with the Czech Republic and France. There are stricter entry restrictions for people from these areas.
  • You can find out whether your country is one of the risk areas in the RKI's list of current risk areas
  • Even when traveling with Deutsche Bahn, passengers who have been in a risk area within the past 10 days must register using the digital entry registration. More information here
  • If you are arriving by plane, please contact your airline in advance to find out about the regulations that apply there. People entering Germany by plane must be able to prove that they are not infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus with a negative PCR or antigen test result before entering Germany. The test must not be older than 48 hours before your planned arrival in Germany. Evidence of vaccination and recovery can also replace negative test evidence when entering from a non-risk or high-risk area.
  • Since March 1st, 2021, all travelers have received an SMS from the federal government as soon as their mobile phone logs into a German mobile network. The SMS message provides information in German and English about the entry and infection protection regulations applicable in the Federal Republic of Germany. More information here.

Current information on entering Germany as a travel destination
Current information from the European Union on entry restrictions

During your stay: instructions on how to behave in public

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In order to contain the spread of the coronavirus in Germany, comprehensive distance and hygiene regulations must be observed. If possible, a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people should be maintained in public.

Meetings of a maximum of five people from two households are permitted in public and private spaces. In areas with a 7-day incidence over 100, gatherings of a maximum of one household with one other person are allowed.

Mouth and nose protection is mandatory in closed rooms that are accessible to the public. Everyone in local public transport and in shops is obliged to wear a medical mask. These include so-called surgical masks or masks of the KN95 or FFP2 standards.

In counties with low incidences, individual federal states can relax individual measures at the local and regional level. The loosening takes place gradually, depending on the incidence value, at an interval of 14 days.

Current information on restrictions in public space can be found here.