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Status: May 17, 2021

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The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland remains affected by COVID-19. Local outbreaks are currently returning, including cases of more contagious variants. The United Kingdom is therefore again classified as a risk area from May 16, 2021.

A new coronavirus entry regulation has been in effect in Germany since May 13th, bringing uniform entry and quarantine regulations for the whole of Germany for the first time. The Robert Koch Institute has classified the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland since May 16. as a risk area.

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The Legal and Consular Department of the Embassy in London and the Consulate General in Edinburgh are again offering appointments in all consular areas.

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Entry into Germany

  • Before you enter, you must complete a digital entry registration!
  • Since March 30th, 2021, all persons traveling to Germany by plane have to present a negative Covid-19 test to the carrier before departure. The test may have been carried out a maximum of 48 hours (PCR test 72 hours) before entering Germany. Since 16.05. Submit a negative test certificate no later than 2 days after entry. Until then, travelers must remain in quarantine at home after entering the country.
  • According to the Coronavirus Entry Ordinance, people who have not completed the sixth year, those who have been completely vaccinated and those who have recovered, are exempt from the test. Regardless of this, the provisions for third countries still apply. For more details, see: “What are the actual options for traveling to Germany?” And “Do I have to provide evidence of a negative COVID test when entering Germany from the UK? Do I have to go into quarantine after entering the country? What applies to those who have been completely vaccinated or recovered? "

Leaving the UK

  • You can only leave England and Scotland until May 16 for a valid reason. All departures must explain this reason in an electronic form. Further information and the form can be found here.This completed form must be presented either in paper form or in electronic form when leaving the country. Violations will result in a £ 5,000 fine. In addition to the fine imposed, exit controls can lead to rejections. Visiting trips to Germany, e.g. to the parents living in Germany, are not allowed.
  • From May 17th, England and Scotland will again allow tourist trips abroad. The English and Scottish governments divide countries into 3 colors. Each color has different entry restrictions after returning from abroad. Germany is currently classified in "Amber".

Entry into the United Kingdom:

  • From May 17th, different entry restrictions will apply to entry into England. Countries are divided into different colored categories. From “green” to “amber” (currently Germany) to “red”!
  • "Green": online registration, test before entry, 1 further test before / on day 2, no quarantine
  • "Amber": online registration, test before entry, 2 further tests before / on day 2 and on / after day 8 after entry, quarantine at home for 10 days with the option of free testing on day 5 after entry
  • "Red": online registration, test before entry, 2 further tests before / on day 2 and on / after day 8 after entry, quarantine at home for 10 days
  • Complete vaccination protection does not release you from the aforementioned obligations.
  • Similar entry restrictions will also apply in Scotland from May 17th.
  • Similar entry restrictions have been in place in Wales since April 1st and Northern Ireland since April 16th.
  • Since April 6th, compulsory Covid-19 test after entry for all incoming truck drivers if they stay longer than 48 hours. Up to 2 additional tests every 72 hours.
  • From February 15, 2021 to May 16, visitors to Scotland from all countries outside the Common Travel Area are subject to a ten-day quarantine in a hotel. The quarantine in a hotel also expressly applies to all travelers from Germany. Hotel quarantine must be booked in advance and costs £ 1,750. More information can be found here.
  • Since February 15, 2021, travelers to England (also applies to travelers traveling to Wales via England) who have been in a Travel-Ban country (from May 17, “red” list in the last 10 days prior to entry ) have stayed (currently not in Germany), in addition to the COVID-19 test, complete 10 days of quarantine in a hotel in Great Britain before entering the country.
  • For all other travelers, including those from Germany, there is also a mandatory 10-day quarantine obligation (domestic isolation) and the obligation to register electronically.
  • Since February 15, 2021, travelers to England (also applies to travelers traveling to Wales via England) and Scotland from all countries have to book two additional tests in advance in addition to the COVID-19 test prior to entry. The booking must be proven before / upon entry and is subject to a fee. The airlines / carriers are not permitted to travel to the UK without proof of booking additional post-entry tests. Information on post-immigration testing can be found on the UK government website.
  • A negative COVID-19 test must be presented for all entries to England from all countries, which must not be older than 3 days prior to entry, i.e. e.g. Entry on Friday, test possible on Thursday, Wednesday and Tuesday. The negative test certificate in English, French, Spanish must be presented before the start of the journey (before boarding the plane, ferry and train). More information can be found here.
  • Proof of a Covid-19 vaccination does not exempt from the aforementioned obligation to test before entry.
  • Similar entry restrictions apply to entries into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Please follow the information here and on our Twitter feed (@GermanEmbassy). As soon as we have new findings, we will publish them here.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland continues to be affected by COVID-19, including cases of more contagious variants. The UK is therefore starting May 16, 2021 again as Risk area classified.

This leads to restrictions throughout the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and to restrictions in travel to protect against further spread of the pandemic.

Unnecessary tourist trips to the whole of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are not recommended.

The situation is constantly changing. Please expect short-term changes in the location and new and / or tightened restrictions.

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Please note our travel and safety information.

The four parts of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have their own different pandemic rules with different and differently graded regional warning levels (lockdown or "tiers" or "protection levels", or "alert levels").

These warning levels entail different restrictions on public life. You can find detailed information here: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Alderney, Jersey and the Isle of Man.

For England and Scotland a "lockdown" has been in effect since January 5th, 2020, which is now gradually being relaxed. In both parts of the country, trips abroad are only permitted up to May 16 if there are valid exceptions. Before traveling abroad, please find out whether these are permitted under the British Corona restrictions, in which restrictions apply to you and any places on your travel route. Please refer to the UK Government website for detailed information.

Some hotels, but mostly self-catering in the UK, are open to travelers. National long-distance train and local public transport are in operation.

There are currently entry restrictions (electronic registration, Covid-19 test, quarantine) for the United Kingdom. Please expect short-term changes in the location and new and / or tightened restrictions. More information is available here.

All travelers must fill out an electronic registration ("Passenger Locator Form") online no earlier than 48 hours before entry. The registration must be proven upon entry. For more information and access to the online form, please visit the UK Government website.

  • From May 17th, different entry restrictions will apply to entry into England. Countries are divided into different colored categories. From “green” to “amber” (currently Germany) to “red”!
  • "Green": online registration, test before entry, 1 further test before / on day 2, no quarantine
  • "Amber": online registration, test before entry, 2 further tests before / on day 2 and on / after day 8 after entry, quarantine at home for 10 days with the option of free testing on day 5 after entry
  • "Red": online registration, test before entry, 2 further tests before / on day 2 and on / after day 8 after entry, quarantine at home for 10 days
  • Complete vaccination protection does not release you from the aforementioned obligations.
  • Similar entry restrictions will also apply in Scotland from May 17th.
  • Similar entry restrictions have been in place in Wales since April 1st and Northern Ireland since April 16th.
  • Since April 6th, compulsory Covid-19 test after entry for all incoming truck drivers if they stay longer than 48 hours. Up to 2 additional tests every 72 hours.
  • Since February 15, 2021, the following applies to travelers to Scotland a ten-day quarantine obligation from all countries outside the Common Travel Area.
  • Since February 15, 2021, travelers have to register England (also applies to travelers traveling to Wales via England) who have stayed in a Travel-Ban country ("red" list from May 17th) in the last 10 days prior to entry (currently Not Germany) in addition to the COVID-19 test before entering a 10-day hotel quarantine. During the hotel stay, further tests will take place on the second and eighth day after entry. The hotel must be pre-booked through a UK government website. Accommodation, meals and testing during the quarantine cost £ 1750. Violations of the quarantine obligation in a hotel and also false information regarding the stay in a Travel-Ban country in the 10 days before entry will be punished with a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
  • For all other travelers, including those from Germany, there is also a mandatory 10-day domestic quarantine obligation and the obligation to register electronically
  • Since February 15, 2021, travelers to England (also applies to travelers traveling to Wales via England) and to Scotland from all countries have to take the COVID-19 test before entering the country in addition to two additional tests for the second and eighth days Book entry. The booking must be proven before / upon entry and is subject to a fee. The airlines / carriers are not allowed to travel to the United Kingdom without proof of booking further tests after entry. Information on post-immigration testing can be found on the UK government website.
  • A negative COVID-19 test must be presented for all entries to England from all countries with the exception of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey. Entry on Friday, test possible on Thursday, Wednesday and Tuesday. PCR tests, RT lamp tests and antigen tests (lateral flow test) are recognized. The negative test certificate in English, French, Spanish must be presented before the start of the journey (before boarding the plane, ferry and train). More information can be found here.
  • Proof of a Covid-19 vaccination does not exempt from the aforementioned obligation to test before entry.

Similar entry restrictions apply to entries into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Travelers in quarantine at home in England have the opportunity to voluntarily undergo a chargeable Covid-19 test (test to release) at a licensed laboratory five full calendar days after entry (e.g. entry on Sunday, test on Friday at the earliest) to end the quarantine at home early if the test result is negative. This regulation only applies to England and if you have not entered from a "Travel-Ban country or from a country on the" red "list as of May 17th. The test on the eighth day after entry must still be taken.

Violations of the registration and quarantine obligations can be punished with sensitive, regionally different fines.

Travelers from the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are generally exempt from all registration and quarantine obligations.

Please understand that the German representations cannot answer individual questions about the British registration and quarantine regulations.

If you have any questions, please call the UK Government on 0044 800 678 1767 (from Germany) or 0800 678 1767 (from the UK) Monday through Friday.

Transit through the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and onward travel from Northern Ireland to Ireland is only permitted in a few exceptional cases, but not for tourist purposes. All transit travelers, including those in transit at the airport who only stay in the transit area, must fill out the electronic registration ("Passenger Locator Form") online and submit a negative Covid-19 test before entering the country.

You can only leave England until May 16 for a valid reason. All departures must explain this reason in an electronic form. Further information and the form can be found here. This completed form must be presented either in paper form or in electronic form when leaving the country. Violations will result in a £ 5,000 fine. In addition to a fine, exit controls can lead to rejections. Visiting trips to Germany, e.g. to the parents living in Germany, are not allowed.

From May 17th, England and Scotland will allow people to leave the country without a valid reason, i.e. tourist trips abroad are also allowed again. However, be aware of different entry restrictions when returning to the UK.

The other sub-nations have introduced a similar regulation.

The Robert Koch Institute classifies the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland with effect from May 16. as a risk area.

Regardless of this, the provisions for third countries continue to apply.

This means: travelers are only allowed to enter Germany if they return to their place of residence, if they perform an important function or if their trip is absolutely necessary:

Entries are allowed regardless of the reason for travel:

  1. Germans and nationals of another EU or Schengen state and their members of the nuclear family (spouse, unmarried underage children, parents of underage children)
  2. Third-country nationals who have a place of residence * and a long-term right of residence in one of these countries and their members of the nuclear family, provided that the passport and visa regulations are met.

Danger:

  • Since March 30th, 2021, in principle all People entering Germany by plane must present a negative Covid-19 test to the carrier before departure. A maximum of 48 hours (PCR test 72 hours) must have elapsed between taking the test and entering the country. Both PCR / LAMP and TMA tests as well as antigen tests are recognized. Antigen tests have to meet certain quality requirements, further details can be found here link. Transport companies have been requested by the federal government to only transport people who present proof of test and registration at the start of the journey. This also applies to transit travelers. Since 16.05. Submit a negative test certificate no later than 2 days after entry. Until then, travelers must remain in quarantine after entering the country.
  • People who have not completed the sixth year, those who have been fully vaccinated and those who have recovered, are exempt from the test.
  • According to § 2 No. 5 to 10 CoronaEinreiseV are "tested“, „recovered" and "vaccinatedpeople Persons who are in possession of the respective proof, i.e. one Test evidence, Proof of recovery or Proof of vaccination according to § 2 No. 6/8/10 CoronaEinreiseV. The evidence in paper or digital form must be submitted in German, English and French; Photographed evidence does not count as digital evidence.Digital evidence should have been issued digitally in digital form by the authorized exhibitor and digitally transmitted to the authorized party.
  • It has not yet been finally clarified whether proof via the NHS app is sufficient. Problems can therefore arise during controls at the airport or at the border. The embassy therefore recommends submitting a negative test certificate to be on the safe side.

  • Vaccination certificate, vaccine: The vaccination must have been carried out with one or more of the vaccines named by the Paul Ehrlich Institute ("PEI") on the Internet and (1) either from a number of vaccine doses published by the PEI that is required for a complete protective vaccination , exist and at least 14 days have passed since the last required single vaccination or (2) consist of a given dose of vaccine for a recovered person.

* The decision as to which documents are recognized as sufficient to substantiate a place of residence is a decision of the Federal Police. Airlines, too, often check this carefully at check-in. The following documents can be used to substantiate a place of residence in Germany:

Registration certificates, confirmations of registration with a foreigners authority, in particular in connection with the UK's exit from the EU, rental agreements, pay slips from a German employer, tax bills, bank statements, credit card statements, electricity bills, telephone / internet bills, registration certificates Part I (vehicle registration documents) and comparable documents. As a rule, a single document is not enough. The more documents support the fact to be proven, the better. The embassy expressly draws attention to the fact that this list is not exhaustive.

In principle, third-country nationals should enter the country of destination directly.

The entry of third-country nationals into Germany (as a transit country) to transit to another EU member state or Schengen state as a destination country is allowed under the following conditions

The entry of third-country nationals to Germany (as a transit country) for transit in one Third country is allowed under the following conditions.

When passing through by car, an overnight stay in order to continue the journey on the next day is tolerated as an exception.

In the case of transit by plane, an overnight stay for third-country nationals is only possible in the transit area of ​​the airport. At the airport in Frankfurt am Main there is a hotel in the transit area.

The decision as to who is allowed to enter Germany is made exclusively by the Federal Police. If you have any questions about your entry, you can contact the Federal Police at your German destination airport. If possible, please use the email address provided for your request. Despite the very high volume of inquiries, the Federal Police tries to answer all inquiries within twelve hours. You should have the answer from the Federal Police with you, either printed out or ready for retrieval on your mobile device.

Federal Police Inspection Hamburg Airport
Telephone: 040 50027-0
Email: [email protected]

Bremen Airport Federal Police Station
Phone: 0421 53616-6
Email: [email protected]

Federal Police Inspection for Hanover Airport
Phone: +49 511 7281-1111
Email: [email protected]

Federal Police Inspection Berlin Brandenburg Airport
Phone: +49 30 856211-0
Email: [email protected]

Federal Police Inspectorate at Düsseldorf Airport
Phone: +49 211 9518-0
Email: [email protected]

Federal Police Inspection for Cologne / Bonn Airport
Phone: +49 2203 9522-0
Email: [email protected]

Federal Police Station at Erfurt-Weimar Airport
Phone: +49 361 22008-0
Email [email protected]

Federal police station at Leipzig / Halle Airport
Phone: +49 34204 736-0
Email: [email protected]

Federal Police Station Dresden Airport
Phone: +49 351 881-1600
Email: [email protected]

Federal Police Directorate at Frankfurt Airport
Phone: +49 69 3400-4999
Email: [email protected]

Federal Police Station Saarbrücken Airport
Phone: +49 6893 9493-0
Email: [email protected]

Federal Police Inspectorate at Stuttgart Airport
Phone: +49 711 78781-0
Email: [email protected]

Federal Police at Munich Airport
Phone: +49 89 97307-0
Email: [email protected]

Entry from the United Kingdom to France has been possible again without compelling reason since March 12th, 2021, but a PCR test submitted a maximum of 72 hours in advance, the result of which is negative, is still required. For truck drivers, antigen tests (VUI-2020-12-01) from the following providers will continue to be accepted. Transit travel by car through France when leaving the UK is not allowed by the strict interpretation of French regulations. However, the embassy has not yet become aware of any cases that French authorities have denied transit. Please note that when entering France you must have a certificate (“attestation de déplacement vers la France depuis le Royaume-Uni”) with you stating the purpose and destination of the trip. You can find detailed information on the French regulations here.

The travel ban on air and ferry travel from the United Kingdom to the Netherlands has been lifted. More details can be found here.

It is possible to travel through Belgium to other EU and Schengen countries. Please also note the travel and safety information for Belgium and the information from the Belgian embassy in London. All travelers must submit an online entry registration. If the transit does not exceed 48 hours, neither an entry registration nor proof of a negative Covid test is required.

See below "What are the actual options for traveling to Germany?

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Tourist trips to or through Germany are not permitted until further notice. Hotels and other accommodations are not allowed to accept tourist guests until further notice.

Before you travel, you must register via a digital entry platform if you have stayed in a risk area, high incidence area or virus variant area specified by the Robert Koch Institute in the previous ten days (even for a short time).

The RKI has classified the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as a risk area with effect from April 16, 2021. A complete list of all risk areas can be found at the Robert Koch Institute.

This is how the digital entry registration works:

On the homepage www.einreiseanmeldung.de you give the information about your stays of the last ten days. After you have given all the necessary information in full, you will receive a PDF file as confirmation. Your airline, train or ferry company will check before you travel to see if you can present a confirmation. Otherwise, they cannot be transported. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to submit a digital entry registration, you will have to fill out a replacement notification in paper form instead.

The following groups of people have been exempt from the obligation to register since March 21:

  • People who have only traveled through a risk area and did not have a stopover there,
  • Persons who only enter the Federal Republic of Germany for transit purposes,
  • People who have stayed in a risk area for less than 24 hours or who are traveling to the Federal Republic of Germany for up to 24 hours as part of border traffic with neighboring countries,
  • People who travel to the Federal Republic of Germany for professional reasons in order to transport people, goods or goods across borders by road, rail, ship or plane.

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Those passing through are obliged to leave Germany (or the respective federal state) as quickly as possible, i.e. without delay. Short stays or overnight stays are not allowed. If this is not possible in individual cases, for example because the connecting flight does not take place until the next day, you are obliged to report immediately to the local health department responsible for your whereabouts. You can find the responsible health department here.

  • Since March 30th, 2021, all persons traveling to Germany by plane have to present a negative Covid-19 test to the carrier before departure. A maximum of 48 hours (72 hours for a PCR test) must have elapsed between taking the test and entering the country. Both PCR / LAMP and TMA tests as well as antigen tests are recognized. Antigen tests have to meet certain quality requirements, further details can be found here link. Transport companies have been requested by the federal government to only transport people who present proof of test and registration at the start of the journey. This also applies to transit travelers.
  • Since 16.05. Submit a negative test certificate no later than 2 days after entry. Until then, travelers must remain in quarantine after entering the country.

  • According to the Coronavirus Entry Ordinance, people who have not completed the sixth year, those who have been completely vaccinated and those who have recovered, are exempt from the test obligation!

  • According to § 2 No. 5 to 10 CoronaEinreiseV "tested“, „recovered" and "vaccinatedpeople are persons who are in possession of the respective proof, i.e. one Test evidence, Proof of recovery or Proof of vaccination according to § 2 No. 6/8/10 CoronaEinreiseV. The evidence in paper or digital form must be submitted in German, English, French; Photographed evidence does not count as digital evidence. Digital evidence should have been issued digitally in digital form by the authorized exhibitor and digitally transmitted to the authorized party.
  • It has not yet been finally clarified whether proof via the NHS app is sufficient. Problems can therefore arise during controls at the airport or at the border. The embassy therefore recommends submitting a negative test certificate to be on the safe side.

  • Vaccination certificate, vaccine: The vaccination must have been carried out with one or more vaccines named by the Paul Ehrlich Institute (“PEI”) on the Internet and (1) either from a number of vaccine doses published by the PEI that is required for a complete protective vaccination , exist and at least 14 days have passed since the last required single vaccination or (2) consist of a given dose of vaccine for a recovered person.

A possible entry quarantine has been uniformly regulated by the new coronavirus entry regulation that came into force on May 13th.

If you have stayed in a risk area such as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland currently, you must go home - or other accommodation at your destination - immediately after arrival and isolate yourself for 10 days. If you previously stayed in a virus variant area, the separation period is 14 days.

The quarantine at home can be ended prematurely if proof of recovery, proof of vaccination or negative test proof has been submitted via the entry portal of the Federal Republic of Germany.

You can find more information about the obligation to segregate and exceptions to it here

A complete list of all risk areas (including high incidence and virus variant areas can be found at the Robert Koch Institute.

During the quarantine, it is not allowed to leave the house or apartment and receive visitors. Do not forget: This measure is to protect your family, neighbors and everyone else around you. Violations of the quarantine rules can be punished with fines!

Please direct questions about quarantine to the responsible authorities (e.g. health department) at your destination. Information from the federal states can be found under the following links:

Baden-Wuerttemberg

Bavaria

Berlin

Brandenburg

Bremen

Hamburg

Hesse

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Lower Saxony

North Rhine-Westphalia

Rhineland-Palatinate

Saarland

Saxony

Saxony-Anhalt

Schleswig-Holstein

Thuringia

A general overview can be found here:

Public life in Germany is subject to considerable, constantly changing restrictions. You can find the latest regulations here.

Please expect short-term changes in the location and new and / or tightened restrictions.

The so-called EU Air Passenger Rights Regulation applies in the European Union. It stipulates that airlines provide compensation or care services (e.g. meals and hotel accommodation) in the event of significant delays or cancellations. The EU Commission has published so-called interpretation guidelines in order to simplify the reading of the regulation.

In order to be able to assert claims, the European Consumer Center (EVZ) recommends the following steps:

  • Inform the airline: Contact the airline to assert your claims.
  • Document expenses: keep receipts for hotel, taxi, or meal expenses incurred due to flight delays, cancellations, or denied boarding.
  • Obtaining confirmation: Have the flight cancellation, delay or denied boarding confirmed in writing by the ground staff of the responsible airline, if possible stating the specific circumstances. If an employee refuses to draw up a corresponding document, have the situation confirmed in writing by other fellow travelers.
  • Screenshot for online complaints: If you fill out an online complaint form from the airline, you should take a screenshot to be on the safe side.
  • Out-of-court settlement of disputes: If the airline refuses to meet the (legitimate) claims within 2 months, we first recommend the out-of-court settlement of disputes.

The Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) also offers information on this topic.

There are no additional restrictions on pets due to the pandemic.

General information on bringing pets can be found here.

Please note the instructions from the NHS:

  • If you suffer from a cough and / or fever and / or loss of taste and smell and / or other symptoms, you and all other household members must be quarantined at home for ten days.
  • If you need advice on your health and / or medical treatment, please contact the NHS 111 Online Coronavirus Service or call the NHS hotline 111. The hotline is very popular. Please expect delays. The free hotline is available to all patients, including tourists and other visitors.
  • If you suspect coronavirus / Covid-19, please do not visit a doctor, pharmacy or other facility without prior notice by telephone.