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19. January 2021

German Foreign Office Circular Note: The New Corona Entry Regulation

The Foreign Office is honoured to inform the Diplomatic Missions and International Organisations in the Federal Republic of Germany as follows:

The new corona entry regulation, applicable as from 14.01.2021, aims to minimise the entry of infections with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 from areas with a particularly high risk of infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

Apart from the category of high-risk areas, the regulation also introduces the categories of high-incidence areas (areas with particularly high incidence for the spreading of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2) and virus variant areas (areas, in which certain variants of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 appeared).

For persons entering the country, who have in the last ten days before entry sojourned in a high-incidence area or a virus-variant area, the regulation already stipulates that a test has to be taken and proof provided.

Persons entering the country who have in the last ten day before entry sojourned in a high-risk area in line with the current categories, likewise have to produce a test result at the latest 48 hours after entry.

Regardless of the regulation, the basic quarantine obligation for persons entering from high-risk areas in line with the respective applicable quarantine regulations of the federal states in charge remains in place.

The wording of the coronavirus entry regulation is to be found on the website of the Federal Health Ministry: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/presse/pressemitteilungen/2021/1-quartal/einreise-vo.html

The main rules of the new coronavirus entry regulation comprise the following:

    • Persons who have sojourned in a high-risk area and enter the Federal Republic of Germany, are subject to both an obligation to register and an obligation to take a test and to provide evidence.
    • Persons entering after having sojourned in a high-risk area are in principle required – as in the past - to register digitally (www.einreiseanmeldung.de) prior to entry. After having sojourned in a high-risk area in the last ten days before entry, travellers must have proof that they are not infected with the virus no later than 48 hours after their entry and present it to the competent authority upon request. Proof can be provided in the form of a medical certificate or a negative test result regarding an infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The test must have been taken no more than 48 hours before entry (i.e. the test must not have been taken earlier).
    • Persons entering from areas with a particularly high risk of viral infection shall present the relevant proof to their carrier prior to departure and, irrespective of the use of a carrier, to the competent authority or the Federal Police upon entry if the latter requests the proof for the purpose of random checks within the framework of border police duties.

  • If a carrier is not presented with the confirmation of successful digital entry registration or a required proof by the passenger, transport is normally prohibited. If such proof of testing cannot be obtained in the risk area, the carrier may, by way of exception, carry out (have carried out) appropriate testing prior to departure and, in the event of a negative test, transport the person. In the case of virus variant areas, the smear test for this purpose may be carried out no more than twelve hours before departure.


A list of the high-risk areas, high-incidence areas and virus variant areas will be published on the internet site of the Robert Koch Institute. A first update has already taken place.

Exceptions

Exceptions from the obligation to register are mainly handled as before.

Exceptions from the obligation to take a test and provide proof for persons entering from high-risk areas are mainly handled as before.

Exemptions from for persons entering from high-incidence areas exist, but are more limited than for entry from risk areas. Here, for example, an exception applies for stays of less than 72 hours for persons who transport people, goods or merchandise across borders for professional reasons. Exceptions for border commuters are possible in high-incidence areas in justified individual cases. The respective state health authorities are responsible.

There are no exemptions from the obligation to take a test and provide proof for persons entering from virus variant areas (except for children under six years of age).

Quarantine

The entry regulations do not regulate the quarantine obligation after entry from a risk area. However, the quarantine obligations applicable under the respective quarantine ordinances of the competent federal states continue to apply.

The Foreign Office avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Diplomatic Missions and International Organisations in the Federal Republic of Germany the assurance of its highest consideration.

Berlin, 15 January 2021

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