Germany Travel Restrictions and Resourecs
31 Aug 2021
Germany is again open to American travelers from the US and we are operating all our trips as normal, with many travelers returning now to enjoy top trails and adventures like The King Ludwig Way. We have prepared this information to help you plan your trip, but you should always check the official websites and your airline requirements well in advance of travel.
Travelers can enter Germany with proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test, depending on origin. From 15th August, the USA is on Germany's high risk list, which means that only fully vaccinated travelers can arrive without quarantine restrictions.
Learn more about what you need, and specific rules, at the US Embassy in Germany website here.
State Dept Advisory for Germany: Level 3: Reconsider travel to Germany. Read more >
Proof of Vaccination required (Read more): On entry, travelers must have proof of vaccination in written (e.g. CDC card) or digital form (a cellphone photo is not sufficient). Vaccinated travelers must additionally complete the registration form (uploading their proof of vaccination, and show no relevant symptoms.
What can I expect when I arrive in Germany?
Life in Germany is returning to normal. Many shops, hotels and restaurants are open. Proof of vaccination, recovery from Covid-19, or a negative test is required to enter many establishments including catering establishments, but these conditions can vary regionally so you should check your intended destination region. General restrictions apply, these include facemasks in enclosed public places, public transport and taxis. Please note these should be medical masks (surgical masks, KN95, or FFP2 masks). Fully vaccinated individuals are exempt from testing requirements and there are still occupancy and mask observations in different parts of the country. Physical distancing of 1.5 meters should be kept. Full up to date information is available here.
What’s it like to travel to Germany?
As with many other places, you can expect extra hygiene measures, and will be required to follow signage and distancing protocols in airports, and wear masks in designated areas. Check with your airline on their individual measures.
Where can I get Covid tested in Germany?
Antigen and PCR tests are widely available in Germany, with many health organizations offering tests (approx. €90 - €120). There are numerous testing locations as well as airport testing in Frankfurt and Munich and your best option is to check with your airline for their recommendations. We would suggest booking your test in advance to ensure you have time before departure to get the results in the designated time period (no more than 3 days before you travel by air into the US).
Returning from Germany to the USA:
You will need to get tested (PCR or Antigen) no more than 3 days before you travel by air into the United States (US) and show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight, or be prepared to show documentation of recovery (proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel). Read more >
Useful information resources:
Re-Open EU – Information on various measures in place across the EU.
Covid testing to return home:
We suggest you research via your airline / airport of departure of departure.