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03.06.2021 - Article

Travel and entry into Germany

The new Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations („CoronaEinreiseV“) came into effect as of 13/05/2021 and has been extended until 28 July 2021.

It regulates the registration, quarantine and testing requirements as well as the transport ban from areas of virus variant of concern for Germany as a whole.

India was designated as a country with significantly elevated risk of infection (virus variant area) by the Federal Republic of Germany with effect from April 26, 2021.

Therefore, transport as well as first entries to Germany, even with a valid visa, are generally banned for passengers who have visited India during the last 10 days.

Exceptions apply to German citizens as well as to third-country nationals with residence permit as well as legal residence in Germany as well as to their spouses, minor children and to unmarried
couples already living together in the same house hold. Further details can be seen from our website.

Decision about extension or withdrawal of the entry ban for travelers from India will be taken de-pending on new evaluation of the situation and information then available.
Please understand, that the German Embassy cannot predict when exactly the entry ban will be lift-ed. We recommend you to keep yourself updated, e.g. via our website, new information will be pub-lished here.

You must register yourself with www.einreiseanmeldung.de.

Failure to do so and / or ignoring quarantine may be sanctioned with a fee of up to 25,000 EUR.

German citizens

Germans can always return to Germany, also their Indian spouses and children having a valid visa for Germany. Even if you are not married, yet, but live together in the same household like a married couple, you could be eligible to travel to Germany. Remember to take the relevant documents e.g. marriage certificate, birth certificate, proof of relationship with you when you are travelling.

For detailed information on travel on entry restrictions, testing and quarantine regulations in Ger-many you should also consult the website of the Federal Foreign Office.
Please also check the information of the airline you are going to travel with.

Please note: Even though you are allowed to travel and enter Germany, testing and quarantine regulations still apply.

Foreigners

Your partner has to prove that you have been in a long-term relationship and are living together. Your competent German Mission will send you a form that your partner and you will have to fill in. Furthermore, you have to prove that you live in the same household, e.g. you can send us your rental contract, bills, etc. where both partners have to be mentioned under the same address. There has to be a compelling reason why you need to travel to Germany as well, such as births, deaths/funerals or special exceptional cases e.g. serious illness of a 1st or 2nd degree relative who therefore requires assistance.

Yes, your spouse can visit you with a valid visa. He/she can submit a Schengen visa application. Please contact your competent German Mission in order to receive an appointment.

Persons with a valid residence permit, Blue Card or permanent residence permit („Aufenthaltser-laubnis“ / „Niederlassungserlaubnis“/Blue Card) and are eligible to travel.
If you are still holding a valid D-Visa and have not yet been issued a residence permit but are already registered in Germany, you must carry your „Meldebescheinigung“ (registration certificate / certifi-cate of residence) in order to prove to the border police that you have a residence in Germany.
Please inform yourself about other formalities or documents necessary before travelling, e.g.  with your airline. Kindly note that travel regulations might change again. Please keep yourself updated about the current regulations of the airline as well as on our website: http://www.new-delhi.diplo.de/ 

As long as you have:
1. valid passport,
2. valid „Fiktionsbescheinigung“ (marked at §81 Abs.4 AufenthG) in combination with the expired residence permit or an expired D-Visa
-of course everything in original-
you should be eligible to travel back to your residence in Germany.

Since you are a first-time traveler and you have no permanent residence in Germany yet, you are not eligible to enter Germany from a virus variant area such as India.

Please ask your competent aliens authority (Ausländerbehörde) to send you a fictional certificate (Fiktionsbescheinigung) marked at §81 Abs.4 AufenthG). You can ask them to send it to your nearest German Mission. The German Embassy or Consulate General will hand it over to you.
Alternatively, you can apply for a visa for re-entry, provided the visa section of the competent Ger-man Mission in India is able to offer this service under the current pandemic situation.


Your residence permit automatically becomes invalid if you stay 6 months outside Germany, in case of a Blue Card after 12 months, even if your permit / card mentions another validity period.

General questions regarding visa

Please refer to the webpages of your competent German Mission to learn about the services that are currently being offered.

Transit

With effect from April 26, 2021, the Federal Republic of Germany designated India as a country with significantly elevated risk of infection (virus variant area). Transiting by air is allowed if the passenger does not leave the international transit area of the airport.

When flying to Schengen countries, you will need to leave the international transit area. Onward travel to another Schengen country is considered „domestic transit“ and not allowed under the current entry and travel regulations. For more details, please contact the competent airport authorities or airline directly.

You might need a transit visa.

a) Indian nationals holding a valid visa or residence permit from a member state of the Schengen area or Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Ireland, Canada, Japan, USA (except for holders of an US „Advanced Parole Document“)
b) Indian nationals holding a valid residence permit for Andorra, Monaco or San Marino
c) Diplomatic passport holders
generally do not require an airport transit visa.

Please also visit this page for more Information.

Please note that you cannot travel to Canada via Germany at the moment because there are no Corona-test facilities in the international transit zone in Frankfurt airport for regular passen-gers. Indian Corona-tests are currently not accepted by the Canadian authorities.

The entry to into the USA is very restrictive.
Please contact your competent US Embassy or Consulate General to find out if you are eligible to travel.

Flights

There are several flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore to Germany per week. Lufthansa and Vistara fly directly to Germany. Furthermore, you can travel with Air France via Paris or KLM via Amsterdam to Germany. The Embassy does not know if there are still flights to Germany with Air India.

Please ask the airline you have in mind directly or ask the Embassy of the country you want to travel to.

Kindly be advised that the German Missions in India have no authority to authorize your eligibility to travel. The competent authority for queries regarding ENTRY to or TRANSIT in Germany, travel restrictions and border control is the Federal Police (Bundespolizei).  Contact details: www.bundespolizei.de,  Federal Police phone hotline: +49 (0) 331 97997 0
In addition, we recommend to check your travel eligibility with your Airline.

If you belong to any of the categories exempted from the travel ban as mentioned on our website you might need certain documents like mar-riage certificate, birth certificate, residence permit or fictional certificate to prove your eligibility. Please have these documents handy while travelling. Before your flight please contact your airline regarding further the requirements. 
It is furthermore recommended to keep yourself posted via our website, the latest regulations of your airline as well as of the competent German authorities, such as the Federal Ministry of the Inte-rior, Germany’s public health institute, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), as well as the information of your local health authority (Gesundheitsamt) at your place of residence.

Covid-19 test result

Travellers from areas of variants of concern such as India shall show proof of a negative Covid-19 test. When arriving from a virus variant area, the test result must not be older than 24 hours (for antigen tests) or 72 hours (for PCR tests) from the time of swabbing to the scheduled arrival time in Germany. Proof of vaccination or of recovery from Covid-19 can replace a negative test certificate and exempt you from quarantine on entry. This does not apply if you have spent time in an area of virus variants of concern such as India prior to entry.
Travellers need to already carry with them a negative test result on entry and, if demanded by the carrier, present the proof for the purpose of carriage. The same applies to the compulsory registration via www.einreiseanmeldung.de. Without proof (and, of course other travel documents necessary), you will not be admitted.

Changing flights without leaving the international transit area of an airport does not constitute an entry into Germany for the purposes of the relevant regulation (CoronaEinreiseV). In these cases the digital entry registration, requirements for mandatory testing or providing proof of vaccination, quarantine regulations and travel bans from countries affected by coronavirus variants do not apply. This only affects travels from a destination outside the Schengen area and with a destination outside Schengen area – for example from Delhi (outside Schengen) via Frankfurt (transit) to Buenos Aires (outside Schengen).

When travelling from or to the Schengen area you will need to leave the international transit area of an airport – for example when travelling from Delhi (outside Schengen) via Frankfurt (transit) to Ma-drid (Schengen area) or the other way. Therefore these travels do constitute an entry to Germany and the requirements detailed above on entry registration, requirements for mandatory testing or providing proof of vaccination, quarantine regulations and travel bans from countries affected by coronavirus variants must be observed.
Please check any additional testing and other requirements imposed by your airline of choice.

Vaccinations / Quarantine

Proof of vaccination or of recovery from Covid-19 can replace a negative test certificate and exempt you from quarantine on entry. This does not apply if you have spent time in an area of virus variants of concern such as India prior to entry.

Proof of full vaccination against Corona virus SARS-CoV-2 is given if you have a German, English, French, Italian or Spanish certificate in writing or digitally, provided that the person has been inocu-lated with the vaccines listed by Paul-Ehrlich-Institute
AND
a)     Has received the number of vaccine doses necessary for a full protection as published by the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute https://pei.de/impfstoffe/covid-19 and 14 days have passed since last dose of vaccination
OR
b)     a person fully recovered has received one shot of vaccination

Although Covishield has not yet been approved to be used for vaccination in Europe, as it is being produced under license in India, it is recognized by Germany as valid proof of covid-19 vaccination if you received your shots abroad.

Please understand that the German Missions in India cannot issue you a certificate confirming full vaccination or attest your vaccination certificate.

In case of further questions, please contact the competent authority of the respective Federal State of your place of residence in Germany.

Further information on new regulations for fully vaccinated as well as recovered persons can be seen from, e.g.
Federal Foreign Office: Information on entry restrictions, testing and quarantine regulations in Germany

Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection: Ordinance regulating the facilitation of protective measures for vaccinated and convalescent people 

Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection: Ordinance for regulating relief and exemptions from protective measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (COVID-19 Protective Measures Exceptions Ordinance - SchAusnahmV)

Proof of full vaccination against Corona virus SARS-CoV-2 is given only given if the person has been inoculated with the vaccines listed by Paul-Ehrlich-Institute.

Please understand that the German Missions in India cannot issue you a certificate confirming full vaccination or attest your vaccination certificate.

In case of further questions, please contact the competent authority of the respective Federal State of your place of residence in Germany.

Further information on new regulations for fully vaccinated as well as recovered persons can be seen from, e.g.

Federal Foreign Office: Information on entry restrictions, testing and quarantine regulations in Germany

Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection: Ordinance regulating the facilitation of protective measures for vaccinated and convalescent people

Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection: Ordinance for regulating relief and exemptions from protective measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (COVID-19 Protective Measures Exceptions Ordinance - SchAusnahmV)

All travelers from virus variant areas like for example India must register themselves with www.einreiseanmeldung.de.

You have to do a quarantine at your residence for 14 days. During this quarantine, travellers may not leave the house or flat or receive guests.

Proof of vaccination or of recovery from Covid-19 can replace a negative test certificate and exempt you from quarantine on entry. This does not apply if you have spent time in an area of virus variants of concern such as India prior to entry.

Violation of registration and quarantine requirements can lead to a fine of up to 25.000 €.

It is furthermore recommended to also consult the websites of the respective German Ministries, such as of the Federal Ministry of Health, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Foreign Office as well as the information of your local health authority (Gesundheitsamt) at your place of residence.

Digital registration on entry, the obligation to furnish proof and quarantine on entry

For further FAQs on digital registration on entry, the obligation to furnish proof and quarantine on entry, please click here.

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