Latest Information on Coronavirus Regulations
Travelling to Germany
Before travelling to Germany, please inform the authorities about your plan to enter the country here: Einreiseanmeldung Your registration will be confirmed. Please make sure you have the confirmation document with you when entering the country. You can only enter the country if you are vaccinated against, have recovered from, or tested negative for SARS-CoV-2. For further details, please check Important Information.
Please check beforehand whether you will enter Germany from a designated area of variant of concern or a high incidence area. The relevant information can be found on the following website: Robert-Koch-Institut
When informing the authorities about your travel plans, you need to add information on whether you are vaccinated against, have recovered from, and/or whether you have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2. You need to have proof for the provided information in one of the following languages: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish
- Proof of vaccination: Only vaccines listed here and in the listed dose are accepted. You must have been vaccinated for at least 14 days. Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 only need to prove that they have been vaccinated once (one dose).
- Proof of recovery: Proof needs to be based on a PCR test which must have been conducted between 28 days and six months ago.
- Negative test result: The antigen test must have been conducted by professionals (no self-applied rapid tests!). The test result may not be older than 48 hours, for travellers from areas of variants of concern not older than 24 hours. PCR tests generally can be conducted up to 72 hours before entering the country.
For further information, please visit the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.
Travellers from areas of variants of concern
International students and researchers from areas of variants of concern can enter the country only on the following conditions:
- Students and PhD students need a letter of admission, researchers need a hosting agreement or a contract of the same tenor providing details on the research project.
- valid visa
- vaccination with one of the vaccines listed here
- negative test result (antigen tests conducted up to 24 hours ago, PCR tests up to 72 hours ago)
When informing the authorities about you travel plans on Einreiseanmeldung, please upload the respective documents of proof.
After arrival, travellers from areas of variants of concern need to go into a 14-day-quarantine. During this period, you may not leave your appartment and may not receive any visitors from households other than your own. It is not allowed to leave quarantine before the end of this period.
Travellers from high incidence areas
You need to present proof that you are vaccinated, have recovered, or that you have tested negative. The respective document has to be presented before leaving your country no matter which means of transport you want to use.
Individuals who have been vaccinated or have recovered and who provided proof for that when informing the authorities about their travel plans do not need to quarantine.
Others need to go into a 10-day-quarantine. During this period, you may not leave your appartment and may not receive any visitors from households other than your own. You may leave quarantine earlier if you test negative on the fifth day of quarantine or later.
If you develop symptoms after your arrival, please follow the steps described here.
For further information, please visit the following websites:
General regulations in Germany
If you want, please download and activate the Coronavirus warning app. For more information, visit Information on the Coronavirus warning App.
These are the current regulations in Germany (as of 11/10/2021):
- Keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters from other people.
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly for at least 20–30 seconds.
- When coughing or sneezing, hold the crook of your arm in front of your mouth and nose.
Medical and fabric masks
In most public settings, you need to wear a face covering (a fabric mask) or even a medical mask, e.g. on public transport, in shops, and in all public buildings.
- Avoid close contact with others. Unnecessary private visits, private travels, day trips, and parties are to be cancelled.
- If you need to meet somebody, please do so outside and not indoors.
- If you need to meet inside, keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters and air the room by opening the window.
Regulations on state level
Currently, there are several additional statutory regulations in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (as of 11/10/2021). If you violate these regulations, you need to pay a fine between EUR 50 and EUR 10 000. Please note: the regulations mentioned below are only the most relevant ones.
Please avoid close contact with others and respect the general hygiene practices.
Private parties without social distancing and without contact tracing are generally allowed. Please note: Individuals who have neither been vaccinated against nor recovered from COVID-19 can only go to private parties including dancing without a mask, if they provide a negative PCR test result. If the incidence rate is 35 or higher, they have to provide a PCR test result in any case.
Medical and fabric masks
In shops, on markets, in all public buildings, on public transport, at the doctor’s, and in hospitals, you need to wear a medical mask. Medical masks are surgical masks and FFP2 or KN95/N95 masks. You are not obliged to wear a mask outside. However, wearing a mask is strongly recommended if maintaining a distance of 1.5 meters is impossible.
Public institutions, such as hospitals, universities, religious communities, restaurants, museums, zoos, etc., currently need to implement additional regulations. Please respect these regulations and follow the instructions of the staff. Sometimes, you will need to provide your personal contact information. Should you provide false information, you will need to pay a fine of EUR 250.
If the incidence rate is 35 or higher, the so-called "3G rule" applies (geimpft = vaccinated, genesen = recovered, getestet = tested). Vaccinated and recovered individuals are able to participate in public life without any additional restrictions. Everyone who has not been fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 needs to provide a negative antigen test result or a negative PCR test result which may not be older than 48 hours.
This applies to the following areas:
- indoor events
- indoor sports
- indoor restaurants and cafés
- services where social distancing is impossible
- tourist accommodation
- major outdoor events (more than 2,500 individuals)
Stricter testing regulations apply to specific areas (i. e. hospitals, clubs, dancing events, etc.). Mandatory PCR tests for individuals who are neither vaccinated nor have recovered can be substituted by antigen rapid tests (if conducted up to six hours before). For further details, please visit the following websites of the NRW Ministry of Health:
What to do if you have symptoms
If you have symptoms such as a high temperature, a cough, or a loss of your sense of smell or taste, please stay in your apartment and avoid contact with others. Besides, please call a general physician or the Corona helpline of the city where you live. If you cannot get hold of them, please call KVNO.
One of your contacts tested positive for COVID-19? In these cases, please inform your local health authority (Gesundheitsamt).
Please check these links for information on how to get tested in
For international students who were vaccinated with a vaccine which is not accepted here in the EU, coronavirus tests will remain free of charge until 31/12/2021. At test centres, you will need to present a proof of identity (e. g. your passport), your student identity card, and a document that certifies your vaccination including information on the vaccine you received.
For unvaccinated international students, coronavirus tests now cost a fee.
Please check these links for information on how to get vaccinated in
You can also get an appointment at your doctor's office (general practitioners or specialists).
Attention: Everyone who is insured by a statutory or private health insurance provider in Germany has a right to be vaccinated. The same holds true for everyone who permanently resides or has their habitual residence in Germany.
Corona helpline: +49 201 88 88999
Local Health Authority: +49 201 123 8888
Corona helpline: +49 203 94 0049
Local Health Authority: +49 203 940049