Welcome

FAQs for Travel Ban: Virus-affected Areas

18.05.2021 - FAQ

We have tried to answer some FAQs for visa applicants and those wanting to travel to Germany. With the imposition of the travel ban, there are many restrictions in place.

FAQ

Please understand that the German Consulate cannot predict when the entry ban will be lifted. Kindly keep yourself updated via the websites mentioned.

With effect from April 26, 2021, the Federal Republic of Germany designated India as a country with significantly elevated risk of infection (). Therefore, entry to Germany, even with a valid visa, is generally banned for passengers who have visited India during the last 10 days.

Exceptions to the travel ban and restrictions on entry apply only to the following persons and in the following cases:
-    German citizens
-    citizens of the EU-countries and Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Iceland who have their permanent residence in Germany
-    third-country nationals with permanent and lawful residence in Germany (persons with a valid residence permit, a visa is not sufficient if you have not travelled to Germany on this visa yet)
-    immediate family members (immediate family members are spouses, registered civil partners, minor children and parents of minor children) of German citizens/foreigners with a permanent and lawful residence in Germany and partners with whom the German citizens/foreigners with a permanent and lawful residence in Germany shares a household
-    transit passengers who are only transferring from one flight to another and remain in the airport transit area without entering Germany (in international transit only, not within the Schengen Area)
-    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)
-    medical staff (physicians, nurses and caregivers including persons undergoing measures regarding the recognition of corresponding) and other escort staff needed for air ambulance and organ transplant flights
-    persons travelling to Germany for urgent humanitarian reasons, including the following:
-    death of an immediate relative (spouse, registered civil partner, own child or parent)
-    birth of the own child
-    two close relatives in the absence of any other adult entitled to care and custody of a minor child
-    persons in need of medical treatment, if otherwise would result in serious harm to their health (confirmed by a medical certificate) and one escort
-    individuals admitted for humanitarian reasons in case of threat to life or limb
-    persons travelling by order of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the EURATOM safeguards, the United Nations (UN) or a UN organisation
Please do also check the information provided by the airline you are going to travel with.

As of May 12, 2021 entry regulations from virus variant areas, registration and quarantine requirements are regulated by the new Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry regulations which you can find here: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/service/gesetze-und-verordnungen/guv-19-lp/coronaeinreisev/coronaeinreisev-en.html.

For further details on travel restrictions, quarantine and test requirements for passegers coming from virus variant areas you can also consult the following websites:
-    Federal Ministry of Interior (Travel to Germany/II, Restrictions on entry from Areas of Virus variants of concern')
-    Federal Ministry of Health: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus/current-information-for-travellers.html

Please note that only persons holding a residence permit fall under the exemptions (See: Exemption List). A visa is generally not sufficient to enter Germany if you have not travelled on this visa yet. Once the travel ban has been lifted, we will inform you accordingly via our website.

Please note that persons holding only a family reunion visa to join their German immediate family member (definition above) or foreign immediate family member with a permanent and lawful residence in Germany are allowed to travel to Germany as of May 13, 2021. Please understand that this exemption only applies if your foreign immediate family member already lives in Germany, not if the family member only has a visa her-/himself.

Please check the exhaustive list of exemptions to the travel ban. If you do not fall under the exceptions you are not eligible to travel to Germany under the current travel ban.

Please note that immediate family members* holding a Schengen visa to visit their German immediate family member (definition above) or foreign immediate family member with a permanent and lawful residence in Germany are allowed to travel to Germany as of May 13, 2021.

Please note that short-term family visits on the occasion of birth of the grandchild/nephew/niece, even in which the new parents are in need of support because of complications during birth/health problems/work duties, do not fall under the current exemptions from the travel ban.

(*immediate family members are spouses, registered civil partners, minor children and parents of minor children) of German citizens/foreigners with a permanent and lawful residence in Germany and partners with whom the German citizens/foreigners with a permanent and lawful residence in Germany shares a Household)

If you have already travelled on your existing visa and can prove your permanent residency in Germany, you are eligible to travel to Germany under the current travel ban. Please note, however, that you will have to prove your permanent residency in Germany at the border Control.

If you have a Fiktionsbescheinigung stating “der Aufenthaltstitel als fortbestehend (§81 Abs. 4 AufenthG)” you are eligible to travel back to Germany. Please make sure to carry your previous reseidence permit (or a copy) with you at all times.

Due to the travel ban, the visa stamping of all visas not falling under the exemptions (listed here) has been suspended until further notice. Kindly keep yourself updated via our website. As soon as the travel ban has been lifted we will inform you about the exact procedure and conditions of issuing the visa.

Please understand that the German Consulate cannot predict when the travel ban will be lifted. We request you to please refrain from further enquiries until then.

Entry to Germany, even with a valid visa, is generally banned for passengers who have visited India during the last 10 days. Please check the exhaustive list of exemptions here.
Persons who have already received a visa and do not belong to the above-mentioned groups may only enter Germany once the entry ban has been lifted.
As soon as the travel ban has been lifted, we will inform you about the exact procedure of re-issuing the visa which has expired during the travel ban period.

Please understand that the German Consulate cannot predict when the travel ban will be lifted. Please refrain from further enquiries until then.

Please note that the entry ban only applies to persons who stayed in a virus variant area within the last ten days before entering Germany. This entry ban was imposed to prevent the spread of the virus variant predominant in India. If entering Germany from a third country, the German Covid-related entry restrictions applicable to that third country have to be complyed with. Please keep in mind that violations of registration and quarantine requirements can lead to a fine of up to 25,000 euros.

Please understand that, due to the travel ban, the visa stamping of all visas not falling under the exemptions listed above has been suspended until further notice.

Please note that all relevant information regarding this question will be published on our website in due time. Please understand that we cannot process individual refund requests at the Moment.

Yes. All appointments at VFS and in the Consulate will take place as scheduled, unless you are told otherwise. Please note that although it is possible to submit a national visa application, the visa will not be issued as long as the travel ban is in place.

Please also note that we do not issue certificates exempting you from the Lockdown imposed by the local authorities. However, until now no applicant carrying an appointment confirmation has faced any difficulties travelling to the place of appointment. However, until now applicants carrying an appointment confirmation have not faced any difficulties travelling to the appointment.

Please check the exhaustive list of exemptions from the travel ban. Both birth and marriage of family members do not fall under the current exemptions, even if the new parents are in need of support because of complications during birth/health problems/work duties. Only the birth of your own child falls under the exemptions from the travel ban.
If you do not fall under the exemptions, please refrain from sending further enquiries regarding a visa application.

Please note that only if no other adult entitled to care and take custody of a minor child is present, two family members may travel to Germany to take care of the child. Please note that absence does not mean work duties, but only cases like death or long-term hospitalisation of both parents/all adults entitled to the child's custody.


This applies to persons who are in a long-term relationship/partnership (not married) with a German citizen/foreigner with a permanent and lawful residence in Germany and who share a household in Germany, India or a third country. The shared household must currently exist, past shared households do not count. Both the long-term relationship and the shared household have to be proven while applying for the visa and/or while entering Germany. The shared household may be proven by a rental agreement, Meldebescheinigung (registration certificate), passport copies, gas and electricity bills or a signed declaration of both partners. If you share a household outside of Germany, you are only allowed to enter Germany together if a urgent family reason (births, weddings, deaths/funerals, serious illness) applies. You will have to prove this urgent family reason while applying for the visa and/or while entering Germany.

Transiting by air is allowed if the passenger does not leave the transit area of the airport.
When flying to Schengen countries, you will need to leave the transit area, therefore such travel is not possible. For more details please contact the competent airport authorities or your airline directly. Please note that the restrictions may be changed, shortly.

Please note that it is not possible to undergo a PCR test in the transit area of Frankfurt Airport. Please, therefore, check in advance with the third country you are travelling to and/or the airline whether you require a PCR test before travel.

Please note that the EU’s recommendations for easing travel restrictions on non-essential travel for fully vaccinated travellers have not entered into force yet. It is now up to the member states themselves to decide on the exact implementation of the discussed relaxations. As of now, Germany has not eased its travel restrictions on non-essential travel for fully vaccinated travellers. In fact, India still counts as a virus variant area for Germany. Once the travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers from India have been lifted, we will inform you accordingly via our Website.

Top of page