Open with restrictions

Germany Travel Restrictions

66,98% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 66,43% last week
Most visitors from South Africa need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine to enter Germany.

Germany entry details and exceptions

All travelers aged 12 or over who are permitted to enter Germany must present a negative test result or proof of vaccination or recovery.

Entry is possible from EU member states, States associated with Schengen and other countries from which entry is possible in light of the epidemiological situation assessment by the EU.

Entry from any other country for any purpose is only possible for fully vaccinated people. For people not yet vaccinated, entry from other countries is only possible in exceptional cases and is conditional on there being an urgent need.

Please check with the BMI prior to your trip to find out what regulations apply specifically with regard to the country from which you plan to enter Germany.


Outgoing travel to GermanyTravelling from South Africa to Germany

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Visitors from South Africa must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 48 hours before departing to Germany.

Details and exceptions

All travelers entering Germany, irrespective of whether or not they spent time in a high-risk area or area of variants of concern, are obligated to present proof of the absence of Covid-19 infection. Proof of vaccination or recovery are accepted in lieu of a test result.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the obligation to furnish proof.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors from South Africa will need to quarantine for 14 days upon entering Germany.

Details and exceptions

If entering Germany following a stay in a high-risk area, traveler needs to self-isolate at home or in their place of accommodation for ten days. If traveler spent time in an area of variants of concern prior to entry, the self-isolation period will be 14 days. See List of Risk Areas.

No quarantine is necessary if a negative test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery is submitted before entry.


Return travelReturning to South Africa from Germany

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Travellers returning from Germany must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure to South Africa.

Details and exceptions

traveler with no proof of a negative COVID-19 test result will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at his or her own cost and if positive for COVID-19, he or she will be required to isolate at their own cost, for a period of 10 days.

Children under the age of 5 are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from Germany are not required to quarantine upon entering South Africa.

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.

Details and exceptions

Travelers who display any COVID-19–related symptoms must be tested on arrival. In the event that the result of the COVID-19 test is positive, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days. The cost of testing and quarantine will be on the travelers' expense.

Documents
Health Declaration Form

Must be completed in 48 hours prior to arrival in South Africa.


Other COVID-19 restrictions for Germany

Masks:Required in enclosed environments and public transportation.
Restaurants:Open with restrictions
Bars:Open with restrictions

FAQs

  • Most visitors from South Africa need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Germany.

  • Fully vaccinated visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter Germany.

  • Unvaccinated visitors from South Africa need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine to enter Germany.

  • Travelers coming from South Africa will need a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 48 hours before departure.

  • Travelers from South Africa are required to isolate for 14 days. Please read the details under the "Quarantine Requirements" section.

  • Mask usage in Germany is required in enclosed environments and public transportation.

  • Restaurants in Germany are open with restrictions. Bars in Germany are open with restrictions.