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).
Therefore, entry to Germany, even with a valid visa, is generally banned for passengers who have visited India during the last 10 days. This ban, unfortunately, also applies to holders of student and employment visas .
According to § 10 para. 2 CoronaEinreiseV, there are only the following - narrow - exceptions to the general ban on Transportation:
1. German citizens2. Citizens of the EU-countries and Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Iceland residing in Germany3. Residents of Germany, holding a valid residence permit, issued by the competent authority in Germany. A visa issued by the German Embassy or Consulate in India is NOT sufficientClose family members (spouse and children) can join with a valid family reunion visa.4. Members of the nuclear family or partners in an existing relationship sharing the same household* of the a.m. persons under 1-3.The nuclear family comprises spouses, legal partners, minor children and parents of minor children.5. Transit passengers in international transit only. The exception does not apply for passengers who have an onward domestic connection within the Schengen area, as this would require entry into Germany.6. Cargo transport staff and other staff needed for the transport of goods (including mail, freight and empty carriers, as well as returning aircraft, ships and crews)7. Medical staff (physicians, nurses and caregivers including persons undergoing measures regarding the recognition of corresponding foreign professional qualifications ) and escort staff needed for air ambulance and organ transplant flights8. Persons traveling on urgent humanitarian reasonsUrgent humanitarian reasons include the following:a) death of an immediate relative in Germany (spouse, registered domestic partner, own child or parent);b) birth of own child;c) two close relatives in the absence of any other adult entitled to care and custody of a minor child;d) persons in need of medical treatment if serious harm to their health would otherwise result (confirmed by medical certificate) and one escort;*no 4: sharing the same household and proof of existing relationship:Please provide proof of a joint household in India by appropriate documents: lease or proof of house/apartment ownership in both names, utility bills (electricity, cell phone provider etc.) or bank statements for at least three consecutive months for both partners showing the same address.
All travellers from Covid-19 risk areas or virus variant areas, such as India, must register on www.einreiseanmeldung.de before entering Germany. As of Tuesday, 30 March 2021, any person entering Germany by plane is to carry a negative corona test and present it to the airline prior to Boarding.
Travellers from India have to go directly to their final place of residence and immediately undergo a mandatory home quarantine for 14 days. For questions on quarantine regulations please contact your local Health Authority (Gesundheitsamt).
The test is to be taken not earlier than 72 hours prior to the scheduled arrival time in Germany. Exempted are children below 6 years. Details about testing can be seen from the Website of Robert Koch-Institut. The test result is to be kept for at least 10 days after entry.
Violation of registration and quarantine requirements can lead to a fine of up to 25.000 €.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to aggravated pandemic situation that also affects German Embassy New Delhi, the visa section will be closed until further notice. Applicants whose appointments have to be cancelled will be contacted directly by the Embassy or VFS Global. Therefore, please refrain from any individual requests by phone or e-mail. For information on also currently limited services by the German Consulates in India, please check their respective websites. With effect from 17.05.2021 passports for “visa stamping” (only family reunion) can be handed in again through VFS Global.
The Embassy will however continue to provide emergency services for German citizens.