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What to expect on the German borders [Corona restrictions in the neighboring countries]

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The 4th wave of COVID-19 will furthermore lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life. At the moment the German borders remain open

Despite the ongoing corona pandemic, the German borders are open. But there are certain peculiarities. You should know this if you are driving to or returning from one of the neighboring countries.

Rules for returning travelers

All return travelers must be able to present one of the following proofs upon entry to Germany: a current corona test , proof of a complete vaccination or proof of recovery . Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the test . The entry rules apply to all countries regardless of whether you are entering from a non-risk area, a high-risk area or a virus variant area. When entering from a high-risk or virus variant area, the digital entry registration is also required.

  • Update: Austria and the Czech Republic high-risk areas
  • Random checks at all borders on the return journey
  • This must be taken into account when returning from neighboring countries

German Borders: Regulations for entry and return

🟢 Border crossing possible with condition (see below) 🟠 Border crossing is possible without any conditions

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German border with Belgium

  • Corona high risk area: NO
  • All border crossings open: YES
  • Border controls upon entry into Belgium: spot checks
  • Have to expect waiting times when entering Belgium: partially
  • Border controls on the return journey to Germany: spot checks
  • Have to expect waiting times on the return journey: partially

Depending on the infection situation, Belgium classifies European countries and regions into green, orange and red zones. You can find out which areas in Europe these are from the Belgian authorities.

▶ Germany is currently considered a “red zone“. Anyone entering Belgium from a “red region” needs a complete proof of vaccination (digital EU certificate), proof of recovery (positive PCR test within the last 180 days) or a negative PCR test result (not older than 72 hours). Those who have been tested have to carry out another test on the 7th day after entry if the stay is long enough.

This does not apply to children under the age of 12 and people who come to Belgium by car from a red zone and spend less than 48 hours in the country.

All travelers  must also fill out an  entry form (Passenger Locator Form) no later than 48 hours before entry. You will then receive an SMS confirmation from the Belgian authorities, which must be shown during controls.

German border with Denmark

  • Corona high risk area: NO
  • All border crossings open: YES
  • Border controls when entering Denmark: YES
  • Have to expect waiting times when entering Denmark: partially
  • Border controls on the return journey to Germany: spot checks
  • Have to expect waiting times on the return journey: partially

When entering Denmark, a negative corona test or proof of vaccination or recovery must be presented. Unvaccinated people (exception: residents of Schleswig-Holstein) have to be tested a second time in Denmark.

German border with France

  • Corona high risk area: NO
  • All border crossings open: YES
  • Border controls upon entry into France: spot checks
  • Have to expect waiting times when entering France: partially
  • Border controls on the return journey to Germany: spot checks
  • Have to expect waiting times on the return journey: partially

Anyone traveling to France needs a negative Covid-19 test (PCR or rapid test, not older than 72 hours) or proof of vaccination or recovery. Special rules sometimes apply to commuters.

German border with Luxembourg

  • Corona high risk area : NO
  • All border crossings open: YES
  • Border controls when entering Luxembourg: NO
  • Are waiting times to be expected when entering Luxembourg: NO
  • Border controls on the return journey to Germany: spot checks
  • Have to expect waiting times on the return journey: partially

When entering Luxembourg, there are no test or quarantine requirements to be observed.

German border with the Netherlands / Holland

  • Corona high risk area: NO
  • All border crossings open: YES
  • Border controls upon entry into the Netherlands: NO
  • Are waiting times to be expected when entering the Netherlands: NO
  • Border controls on the return journey to Germany: spot checks
  • Have to expect waiting times on the return journey: partially

Entry into the Netherlands is only possible with proof of vaccination or recovery or a negative test (except for stays of less than twelve hours). Children under the age of 12 are generally exempt.

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German border with Austria

  • Corona high-risk area YES (from November 14th )
  • All border crossings open: YES
  • Border controls upon entry into Austria: spot checks
  • Are waiting times to be expected when entering Austria: YES
  • Border controls on the return journey to Germany: spot checks
  • Have to expect waiting times on the return journey: partially

People traveling to Austria need a negative corona test or proof of vaccination or recovery. Special rules apply to commuters and transit travelers.

German border with Poland

  • Corona high risk area: NO
  • All border crossings open: YES
  • Border controls when entering Poland: YES
  • You can expect waiting times when entering Poland: partially
  • Border controls on the return journey to Germany: spot checks
  • Have to expect waiting times on the return journey: partially

To enter Poland you need a negative corona test or proof of vaccination or recovery. Special rules sometimes apply to commuters.

When you return to Germany, there may currently be an increasing number of random checks.

German border with Switzerland

  • Corona high risk area NO
  • All border crossings open: YES
  • Border controls upon entry into Switzerland: spot checks
  • Have to expect waiting times when entering Switzerland: partially
  • Border controls on the return journey to Germany: spot checks
  • Have to expect waiting times on the return journey: partially

For those traveling by car to Switzerland up, requires since September 20 to register online. Entering the contact details in an electronic immigration form* now applies regardless of the means of transport – thus also for drivers. Only cross-border commuters and travelers who travel through Switzerland without stopping are exempt from the registration requirement. In addition, people who have not been vaccinated or have recovered must show a negative PCR (max. 72 hours old) or antigen test (max. 48 hours old) when entering Switzerland – regardless of the means of transport they use.

There is no compulsory test for cross-border commuters, transit travelers (without stopping!) And people under the age of 16.

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