From June 1st, the requirement for 3G proof will no longer apply when entering Germany: travelers will then no longer have to prove that they have been vaccinated, have recovered, or have been tested.
NO 3G proof from June 1st: Up until now, Corona checks were expected when entering Germany. So what are the current rules for returnees and entry to Germany?
The current entry to Germany rules until May 31st require 3G proof
Easier rules apply to those returning from travel. What to consider when entering Germany and when a corona test is necessary.
- Update: From June 1st, 3G will no longer be mandatory when entering Germany
- The following applies until May 31: Those entering the country require proof of a test, vaccination or proof of recovery
- If you are returning by plane, you need proof at check-in
All travelers must be able to present one of the following proofs when entering Germany: a current corona test (PCR or antigen) or proof of a full vaccination or proof of convalescence.
Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the test requirement or proving their 3G status. These rules apply to entries from all countries.
There is no longer a country in the world that is considered a high-risk corona area. This means that there is no longer any need for digital entry registration for those returning to Germany, and quarantine is no longer necessary for those who have not been vaccinated.
For entry into Germany, the full vaccination is currently valid for 270 days. Persons who have been boosted can currently enter the country indefinitely.
Who is considered vaccinated or recovered within Germany?
A person is currently considered to be fully vaccinated with either two doses of vaccine or one dose plus a recovered infection. A medical certificate on paper or digitally (e.g. CoV – Pass – App for the smartphone) in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish is recognized as proof of a complete vaccination. An overview of which vaccines are approved in Germany and abroad is available from the Paul Ehrlich Institute.
After what period of time the full vaccination applies:
– after two doses of vaccine: after 14 days
– after infection and then one dose: immediately
– after one dose and subsequent infection: from the 29th day
Attention: Anyone who has been vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) now needs a second vaccination to be considered fully vaccinated.
All unvaccinated people whose infection was at least 28 days and no more than three months ago have recovered status . A medical test certificate (e.g. a PCR laboratory test) on paper or digitally (e.g. CoV – Pass – App for the smartphone) in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish is accepted as proof of recovery.
Day trippers and border traffic
Day trippers who have been abroad for less than 24 hours do not need a corona test or proof of vaccination or recovery when returning to Germany. This exemption does not apply to air travel.
3G proof when entering the EU will no longer apply from June 1st, 2022
According to an announcement from the Federal Ministry of Health, the Coronavirus Entry Ordinance (CoronaEinreiseV) will be extended beyond May 31, 2022, but further relaxed. The 3G requirement for entry will be suspended over the summer.
The ordinance regulates the general pandemic-related restrictions on entry into Germany and special measures in the event of entry from risk areas. The consolidated text of the regulation can be found linked here. (Note: The consolidated version valid from June 1, 2022 can only be found there shortly after it was issued).
No more general entry restrictions
Unlike before, from June 1st, 2022, people entering Germany no longer have to meet the 3G requirement and carry corresponding proof with them. For arrivals from outside the European Union (EU), see the note below.
Restrictions on entry from virus variant areas
When entering from virus variant areas, special restrictions would apply, in particular an obligation to register digitally before entry and subsequent quarantine. However, since March 2022, only those risk areas have been identified as risk areas in which a variant that is “more pathogenic” (more disease-causing) than the omicron variant is rampant. For virus variant areas, such a more dangerous new variant would have to emerge. According to the current state of knowledge, this is nowhere the case.
Accordingly, as of the end of May 2022, no virus variant areas have been identified. Therefore, the registration and isolation obligations of the CoronaEinreiseV are currently not applicable.
Note on entry to Germany from non-EU countries
► Irrespective of the CoronaEinreiseV, additional restrictions apply to entry from non-EU countries, which are ultimately based on recommendations of the Council of the European Union. Among other things, there is a general obligation to vaccinate when entering from such countries. The German Foreign Office and the European Union’s “Re-open EU” website provide details.