Corona Update, August 8, 2021 – New Corona Regulations

The constantly changing decisions being made by the German federal and state governments to combat the coronavirus mean that many expats, along with everyone else, are faced with having to keep track of current regulations and then acting in accordance with the rules. That is why PROGEDO – the first friend abroad – regularly informs interested parties and customers about current events in Germany relating to Covid-19.

Since there is now a lot of information on the homepage of the German federal government on the subject of coronavirus, we no longer go into detail about all the information. The homepage with full details can be found here, although unfortunately this page is not available in English:

https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/coronavirus/coronavirus-handeln

New Corona regulation in force in Germany since 1 August

A new regulation to contain the Corona pandemic has been in effect since 1 August. Everyone who wants to enter Germany and is older than 11 years must now provide negative proof of testing. Alternatively, they must have convalescent proof or proof of full vaccination. And this applies regardless of from where and by which route they enter the country.

In future, there will also be only two categories for global areas with higher risks of infection instead of three: High-risk areas and areas where new virus variants of concern are present. “Simple” risk areas no longer exist.

Unfortunately, the criteria according to which a classification as a high-risk area is made are no longer precisely defined. Instead, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of the Interior and the Foreign Office jointly determine whether a region is classified as a high-risk area.

In future, a virus variant area can be designated as such if a certain variant of the coronavirus that is not yet widespread in Germany occurs there and shows characteristics that give cause for concern.

The classification becomes effective after the first day after publication by the Robert Koch Institute; travellers thus have virtually no possibility to plan in the long term or to prepare accordingly. We therefore urgently advise you to always take out travel cancellation insurance where possible or to prioritise flexible tickets that can be cancelled or rebooked at short notice. Of course, this also applies to hotel bookings at the point of arrival in Germany.

You can check the current status here:

https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/service/gesetze-und-verordnungen/guv-19-lp/coronaeinreisev/coronaeinreisev-en.html

From now on, people entering the country from a high-risk area or virus variant area must enter their personal data as well as their place of residence for the duration of the necessary entry quarantine on the entry portal of the Federal Government (https://einreiseanmeldung.de). There you can also upload test, recovery and vaccination certificates as soon as they are available. Alternatively, if a digital entry notification is not possible due to a technical malfunction or lack of technical requirements, you can fill out a substitute notification in paper form. You must then carry this with you during the journey. The digital notification must be made up immediately after entry if no check was carried out on entry, or the document must be sent by post to the following address: Deutsche Post E-POST Solutions GmbH, 69990 Mannheim, Germany.

When entering the country from a designated virus variant area, proof of testing is always required, even for vaccinated persons; proof of vaccination or recovery is no longer sufficient!

In addition, anyone who has stayed in an area classified as a high-risk area or virus variant area in the ten days prior to entry is obliged to go into quarantine for 10 days immediately after entry at their own expense.

Anyone presenting proof of recovery, proof of vaccination or negative test evidence may terminate quarantine prematurely on or after entry from a high-risk area. If the proof is already submitted via the entry portal prior to entry, no quarantine is required.

In case of a previous stay in a virus-variant area, a strict 14-day isolation obligation applies. This does not apply to persons who have travelled through a high-risk area or virus variant area without a stopover.

Proof must be carried on entry and presented during “random” checks by the authorities. However, there are no plans to check all entrants directly at the border. If one travels with a transport company such as an airline, the proofs are to be presented on request before take-off. In cross-border rail transport, this should also be possible during the journey.

Rapid or PCR tests abroad are to be paid for by the traveller. Within Germany, rapid tests will remain free of charge until further notice.

The Federal Ministry of Health publishes up-to-date Corona information for travellers in several languages. You can find the German version here:

https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/service/gesetze-und-verordnungen/guv-19-lp/coronaeinreisev.html

The English version can be found here: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/coronavirus/current-information-for-travellers.html

The Federal Ministry of Health issues up-to-date Corona information for travellers in several languages: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/einreise-sms-sprachen.html

PROGEDO is happy to support you during the pandemic. For example, we offer special quarantine packages for people entering the country. Find out more here: https://www.relocation.de/de/quarantaene-corona-relocation/

PROGEDO will also be happy to inform you about the current situation in each federal state upon request.

Another important notice: We have provided all information to the best of our knowledge and in good conscience. We cannot guarantee completeness, nor are we liable for the content provided here. The facts are simply too complex to make this assurance and there are always adjustments and changes being made. In case of any doubt, please contact us directly or find out more by visiting the homepage of the Federal Ministry of Health in Germany.