Vaccinated or recovered: Anyone who has received a booster shot also has relief in everyday life. Below is a look at what applies in 2022 and what proof you need for 2G, 2G-Plus, and 3G.
2G, 2G-Plus, and 3G: when we want to go to a concert, the theater, or just a restaurant, we often come across shortcuts. They stand for access restrictions during the corona pandemic. We explain what the abbreviations mean and what you have to show during the inspection.
- 2G, 2G-Plus, and 3G – what do the Corona rules mean for you in 2022?
- When am I considered fully vaccinated and recovered?
- When am I considered fully vaccinated (with a booster shot)?
- Relaxed corona rules for the vaccinated and recovered in Germany
- Contact restrictions tightened again
- When do I have to be tested at 2G-Plus?
- When do I have to be in quarantine?
- What do I have to consider when I return from a trip as a vaccinated person?
- How can I prove that I am fully vaccinated or have recovered?
- How long is the digital vaccination card valid?
- 2G, 2G-Plus, and 3G: Quick reference guide
2G, 2G-Plus, and 3G – what do the Corona rules mean for you in 2022?
- The 2G rule is: only those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered have access to indoor public spaces. With the 2G-Plus rule, those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered must also present negative test evidence. The 3G rule allows access to unvaccinated individuals with negative test evidence.
- Those who have recovered and those who have been vaccinated can record the acquired immunity digitally on their cell phones. You can get the certificate for this in the pharmacy.
- Important: Mask, distance and hygiene rules still apply to those who have been fully vaccinated and those who have recovered.
When am I considered fully vaccinated and recovered?
1. Fully vaccinated
Check this table to see which case applies to you.
|1st event||2nd event||Fully vaccinated|
|Vaccination with Biontech, Moderna, AstraZeneca||Vaccination with Biontech, Moderna, AstraZeneca||Yes, after 14 days|
|Vaccination with Johnson & Johnson||Vaccination mRNA vaccine (Biontech or Moderna) or vector vaccine (Johnson & Johnson)||Yes, after 14 days|
|Corona infection (confirmed with a PCR test)||vaccination||From the day of the administered vaccination dose|
|vaccination||PCR-confirmed infection ≥ 4 weeks after the first dose of vaccine||From the 29th day after taking the positive smear|
|Positive test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies||vaccination||From the day of the administered vaccine dose|
|1 vaccine dose||Corona infection after 4 weeks and more to the last vaccination||No more basic immunization|
A vaccination dose with Johnson and Johnson is no longer sufficient. Here, too, a second vaccination dose with an mRNA or vector-based vaccine is necessary for the basic immunization. A booster vaccination can be given from three 3 months after the second vaccination.
|Infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus|
(detection by PCR, PoC-PCR or other methods of nucleic acid amplification technology)
|The date the positive swab was taken was at least 28 days and no more than 90 days ago.|
Recover status duration reduced from 6 months to 3 months. Research suggests that unvaccinated individuals are not as well protected after infection with the omicron variant as after infection with the delta variant.
When am I considered fully vaccinated (with a booster shot)?
The so-called 2G-Plus rule applies in many federal states . At 2G-Plus, only those who have been vaccinated and who have recovered have access who can show a current negative test (rapid or PCR test) in addition to their valid vaccination or recovery certificate.
However, the “plus” can also be fulfilled by the booster vaccination, but also under certain circumstances in connection with a corona infection.
Fully vaccinated (with a booster shot) people are exempt from the test obligation. In areas where 2G-Plus applies, you do not need a daily test. When you are considered fully vaccinated with a booster shot may vary from state to state. Therefore, please observe the respective regulations in your federal state.
Exceptions apply to people who cannot be vaccinated and to people for whom there is no general vaccination recommendation. In addition, exceptions are possible for children and young people up to the age of 18.
This applies to booster vaccinations:
- You will receive a booster shot with the mRNA vaccines from Biontech and Moderna.
- The STIKO advises all people who have been vaccinated twice to have boosters after just 3 months.
- Children and adolescents from the age of 12 should also receive a booster vaccination.
- Persons under the age of 30 should only receive the vaccine from Biontech for the booster vaccination.
Visit this website for more information on booster vaccinations.
Relaxed corona rules for the vaccinated and recovered in Germany
On January 7, 2022, the German federal and state governments decided on the quarantine exceptions if a vaccinated or recovered person comes in contact with corona-infected people. The exceptions are intended to provide an incentive to get booster vaccinations to slow down the spread of the omicron variant and prevent serious progression of the disease.
Contact restrictions tightened again
Since December 2021, contact restrictions have also been tightened again for vaccinated people: A maximum of 10 people can then meet privately. Children under the age of 14 are still not counted. Major national events should take place completely without spectators.
When do I have to be tested at 2G-Plus?
Anyone who has received a booster vaccination and people of equal status does not need any additional proof of testing, for example in restaurants and bars. It is worth noting that those who have received a booster shot can be regulated differently in the individual federal states.
Exceptions apply to medical facilities such as hospitals or nursing homes. Here, even those who have been vaccinated three times or their equivalent must take a test.
When do I have to be in quarantine?
Unlike in the past, contact persons who show full vaccination protection through the booster vaccination should be exempt from the quarantine in the future . This also applies to newly vaccinated and recovered.
What do I have to consider when I return from a trip as a vaccinated person?
There are different quarantine regulations depending on whether you are coming from a high-risk or a virus variant area. Since December 2021, all persons aged 6 and over must prove upon entry whether they have been vaccinated, have recovered or have been tested.
Fully vaccinated or recovered travelers who were in a high-incidence region can end the 10-day domestic quarantine early. To do this, you must submit proof of vaccination or proof of recovery via the entry portal.
Tip: To bypass the quarantine easily, submit proof before you enter the country.
Are you vaccinated? Then you can test yourself from the 5th day. Children under the age of 6 do not have to take the free test.
▶ You cannot take the free test if: you were in a virus variant area in the last ten days before entering the country. Those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered must then also be in quarantine for 14 days.
How can I prove that I am fully vaccinated or have recovered?
1. This applies to fully vaccinated people
According to the Coronavirus Vaccination Ordinance, people who have been vaccinated must be able to prove this with paper proof of vaccination, e.g. the yellow vaccination card. If you do not want to carry the ID card with you in paper form, you can have a digital vaccination certificate created.
In some federal states such as Baden-Württemberg or Brandenburg, the yellow vaccination certificate is no longer sufficient as proof. In any case, you need a digital vaccination certificate, i.e. a QR code. You can also print out the certificate. The digital proof is available in German, English, French, Italian, or Spanish.
You can get the vaccination certificates with the QR codes from some medical practices when you get vaccinated. Pharmacies also issue digital proof. You can find out which pharmacies are participating in your area on this website. To scan the QR codes, you must load the “CovPass” or “Corona-Warn” apps onto your smartphone.
2. This applies to those who have recovered
Those who have recovered need proof of a positive PCR test (or another nucleic acid test) from at least 28 days and no more than 3 months ago, either in paper form or in digital form.
▶ Once you have been vaccinated after your recovery: you can have a digital vaccination certificate created in pharmacies. You need proof of the PCR test, the one-time vaccination, and your identity card. You can then read the QR code in the Corona-Warn-App or the CovPass-App.
Those who have recovered also receive a digital certificate from the pharmacy that they have survived the illness. You need proof of the positive PCR test at the time. The test must not be older than 90 days. You must also bring your ID with you.
Important: Mask, distance, and hygiene rules still apply to those who have been fully vaccinated, recovered, and got a booster shot.
How long is the digital vaccination card valid?
The digital vaccination certificate – also known as the digital vaccination card – will only be valid for 9 months from February 1, 2022, instead of the previous 12 months if you have not received a booster shot. It is valid for 6 months for those who have recovered. Germany has not yet implemented this EU regulation.
2G, 2G-Plus, and 3G: Quick reference guide
What does 3G or the 3G rule mean?
• Stands for vaccinated or recovered or tested
• Valid proof of full vaccination or recovery or negative result of a corona test required (rapid antigen test, maximum 24 hours old or PCR test, maximum 48 hours old)
What does 2G or the 2G rule mean?
• Stands for vaccinated or recovered
• Valid proof of full vaccination or recovery required
• A negative result of a corona test alone is not enough
What does 3G plus or 3G+ mean?
• Stands for vaccinated or recovered or PCR tested
• Valid proof of full vaccination or recovery or negative result of a corona test required (PCR test, maximum 48 hours old)
What does 2G plus or 2G+ mean?
• Stands for vaccinated or recovered and additionally tested
• Valid proof of full vaccination or recovery and additionally negative result of a corona test required (rapid antigen test, maximum 24 hours old or PCR test, maximum 48 hours old)
• Attention: Some federal states such as Rhineland-Palatinate are expanding the 2G+ rule. Here, people who have received a booster vaccination are exempt from the additional test requirements
What does 1G or the 1G rule mean?
• Stands for tested
• Negative result of a corona test required (rapid antigen test, no more than 24 hours old or PCR test, no more than 48 hours old)
• Attention: The 1G rule is also sometimes understood to mean that only fully vaccinated people are allowed. Those who have recovered and those who have been tested are then excluded. In the course of the discussion about the new Omikron variant, virologists even understand 1G as “only for those who have received the booster shot”.