Travel to Germany and Visa applications under Covid-19 restrictions

26.08.2021 - Article

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The Federal Republic of Germany has designated India as a high-risk area.

The following applies for travel to Germany from India

When travelling to Germany and applying for visa we distinguish between two categories:
1. Fully vaccinated travelers
2. Not fully vaccinated travelers

Entry for fully vaccinated travellers
Please be informed that as a fully vaccinated Traveller, you are eligible to enter Germany regardless of your travel reason. You might therefore schedule an appointment via VFS for any national or Schengen visa application without prior approval from the Consulate. VFS will accept your application only if you are fully vaccinated.
Please note that you count as fully vaccinated ONLY if you meet all of these criteria:

  • You must have received the second vaccination dose that is necessary for full vaccination at least 14 days before your travel. If you don't have a visa and need to apply for one, you must have received the second vaccination dose at least 14 days before you submit your visa application. 
    In the case of persons who have recovered from Coronavirus, only one vaccine dose is necessary.
  • The vaccine must be among those listed on the website of the Paul Ehrlich institute. Please note that Covishield is listed, Covaxin is not. If you’re vaccinated with Covaxin, you don't meet the criteria.
  • The EU Digital COVID Certificate or comparable proof of vaccination (e.g. the Indian vaccination certificate) in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish must be presented upon entry. Please check the website “What rules apply for fully vaccinated people?” for more infomation on vaccination certificates.
  • If you have taken the Covishield vaccine in India, please note that your vaccination certificate must contain your passport number OR date of birth. Reference to your Aadhar number is not sufficient.

Entry for not fully vaccinated travellers
Please note that if you’re not fully vaccinated, you may enter Germany ONLY if you have an urgent need to travel (please see “What constitutes an urgent need for travel?”). Please note that most of the visa categories (employment, family reunion, students) fall under this category. Please note that not fully vaccinated job-seekers still can‘t apply for a visa due to the ongoing travel restrictions.

More information on how to obtain an appointment and what rules apply:
Schengen Visa
National Visa

The above entry restrictions do not apply to German citizens or members of their immediate family (spouses, children under 18, parents of children under 18).

EU citizens and citizens of Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland and the members of their immediate family (spouses, children under 18, parents of children under 18) are exempted from the entry restrictions.

The same applies to citizens of non-EU countries who have a current long-term residence permit from an EU or Schengen country and their immediate family members, as long as they comply with passport and visa regulations.

First-time entry by citizens of non-EU countries, however, is only permitted if they prove that one of the above-mentioned exceptions to the entry restrictions applies to them, that is, if they are residents of a country who are allowed unrestricted entry into Germany, or if they are fully vaccinated or if there is an urgent need for the entry.

Digital Entry Registration, Testing and Quarantine Requirements

All travellers from Covid-19 risk areas or high incidence areas such as India, must register on www.einreiseanmeldung.de before entering Germany.

General COVID test obligation when entering Germany: 
There is a general obligation to carry a negative COVID test/ proof of vaccination/ proof of recovery when entering Germany.
Persons aged twelve years and older must then have proof of testing OR proof of recovery OR proof of vaccination when entering Germany. A negative test must not be older than 72 hours (PCR test) or 48 hours (rapid antigen test) at the time of entry. Children below the age of twelve do not require any proof.
Proof of testing or proof of recovery or proof of vaccination must be presented to carriers for verification prior to travel when entering from high risk areas or entering by air. India has been categorized as a high-risk area. The proof must also be presented to the German border authorities upon request when entering the country.

Any person entering Germany by plane, regardless of whether they have spent time in a risk or high incidence area, must provide the airline with a negative test result, a vaccination certificate or a recovery certificate.

Note: The requirement to submit proof of a negative test result, recovery or vaccination also applies to passengers who are only transiting through a German airport. You will need to present the responsible authority or border official with the relevant proof when you arrive in Germany. The test is to be taken not earlier than 72 hours (PCR) or 48 hours (Antigen) prior to the scheduled arrival time in Germany. Details about testing are published on the Website of Robert Koch-Institut. The test result is to be kept for at least 10 days after entry and has to be presented to the authorities upon request. 

In principle, the following forms of proof are accepted:
Proof of a negative test result
A negative test result obtained using nucleic acid amplification technology (e.g. PCR, PoC- PCR) in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish. The test must have been carried out no more than 72 hours prior to entry (time of swabbing).

Alternatively, a negative antigen rapid test result in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish. Following a stay in a risk area or high incidence area, the test must have been carried out no more than 48 hours prior to entry. Details on the recognition of tests are provided on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.

Proof of vaccination
Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish in digital or paper form (e.g. WHO vaccination booklet). The vaccine used must be one of those listed on the website of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut. A period of at least 14 days must have elapsed since receiving the last vaccine dose.

Proof of recovery
A positive PCR test result carried out at least 28 days but no more than six months previously.
Further information on proof of immunity is available on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

Transit through Germany

In case of changing flights without leaving the international transit area of an airport, 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 applies 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 Madrid (Schengen area) or the other way round. These travels are considered an entry to Germany and the following applies:

Disclaimer: The information provided above is based on information available currently and has been estimated as trustworthy by the German Embassy in New Delhi. No responsibility is taken for neither the correctness nor completeness as well as a liability cannot be assumed for any possible damages occurring.

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