It’s now a lot easier to visit Germany—whether you’re vaccinated or not.
According to a report from the Associated Press, people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recovered from a previous COVID-19 infection can now enter Germany without being subject to quarantine and testing—provided they aren’t arriving from a country where a dangerous variant is prevalent.
This news was confirmed by the German government’s official website, which explains the changes in clear language:
“All air travelers six years and older who are entering the Federal Republic of Germany must be tested prior to departure,” an official release explains. “The test is waived for fully vaccinated or recovered air travelers. These persons no longer have to present a negative test prior to departure.
“As a rule, you must, on arrival, go straight home or to another accommodation at your destination and self-isolate for 10 days (home quarantine). The home quarantine can end early if proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, or a negative test result is transmitted via the entry portal of the Federal Republic of Germany.”
The website clarifies that, in order to be considered fully vaccinated, travelers must have received all required doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, with the final dose being administered no less than 14 days before travel. In order to be considered recovered, meanwhile, travelers must prove they were previously infected using a PCR test taken at least 28 days but no more than six months before travel.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn also added that the country plans to implement a digital immunity certificate by July. The German certificate is intended to be compatible with the European Union’s vaccine certification system.
“If we manage to do this for the EU in the coming weeks, then we’ll likely set a global benchmark,” Sphan said, noting that other countries are still struggling to implement vaccine certification at a national level.
Are you interested in visiting Germany once the country reduces its restrictions for vaccinated and recovered travelers?