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Lufthansa: Present Regulations For Transit And Entry To Germany

Lufthansa: Present regulations for transit and entry to Germany

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, regulations have been extended for entering into Germany.

  • All passengers older than six years old when entering Germany on flights from high-risk, high-variant and non-risk areas since 00:00 on Tuesday, March 30, must present a negative Covid-19 test before their departure. The testing obligations also apply to passengers with a connecting flight in Frankfurt or Munich
  • Transit passengers must also present negative test result, even if they do not leave the transit area in Frankfurt or Munich, with no exception to the testing obligation
  • The proof of the negative Covid-19 test must be done up to 48 hours at the time of entry and must be checked by the airlines, for example Lufthansa, before departure.
  • Boarding is forbidden without Covid-19 negative test proof

Classification of virus variant areas

The regulations refer to regions classified by the Robert Koch Institute as risk areas, high-risk areas and virus variant areas. The Robert Koch Institute divides the risk areas into three risk levels, for which different obligations apply.

You can find out about the current classification of all countries and regions at any time here.

Entry regulations according to risk levels

Entry from non-risk areas

All passengers older than six years old when entering Germany on flights from non-risk areas or travel as transit passengers via Germany since 00:00 on Tuesday, 30 March, are obliged to already present a negative Covid 19 test upon departure. There is no exemption from the testing obligations for transit passengers coming from a non-Schengen state and travelling on to a non-Schengen state – even if they do not leave the transit area in Frankfurt or Munich.
The proof of the negative Covid-19 test must not be older than 48 hours at the time of entry and will be checked by the transport companies, for example Lufthansa, before departure.
Without negative proof of testing, carriage is not possible.
Testing capacities at the international airports may be limited. We recommend that you find out in good time about additional testing possibilities at your point of departure and ask you to allow sufficient time for your test. Ιnformation on Covid-19 testing at airports could be found here.

 

Level 1: Entry from risk areas

All travellers from a foreign risk area to Germany must present a negative Covid 19 test upon departure. This regulation also applies to transit travellers travelling via Germany.
The proof of the negative Covid-19 test must be done up to 48 hours before at the time of entry and is checked by the transport companies, for example Lufthansa, before departure.
The ten-day ​quarantine requirement, and the ​Digital Entry Application (DEA) or a replacement application remain mandatory for all entrants from risk areas, high-risk areas and virus variant areas.

Certain groups of persons are exempt from the registration and proof requirement. These include:

  • Travelers entering the Federal Republic of Germany for transit purposes only.
  • Persons who have only stayed in a risk area for 24 hours or who will stay in the Federal Republic of Germany for a maximum of 24 hours.
  • Children aged 6 years od or less are exempt from the obligation to provide proof of testing but not from the obligation to register.

The quarantine regulations are the responsibility of the individual federal states (entry quarantine regulations, e.g. ​Hesse​Bavaria​North Rhine-Westphalia, etc. – German only). Please enquire independently how the quarantine regulations are specifically applied in your federal state.

The entry quarantine regulations of the federal states can be found here (In German Only)

 

Level 2: Entry from high risk areas 

All travellers to Germany from a high-risk area are obliged to present a negative Covid 19 test upon departure. This regulation also applies to transit travellers travelling via Germany.
The proof of the negative Corona/Covid-19 test must not be older than 48 hours at the time of entry and is checked by the transport companies, for example Lufthansa, before departure.

Certain groups of persons are exempt from the obligation to register and provide proof. These include:

  • Travellers entering the Federal Republic of Germany for transit purposes only.
  • Children aged 6 years old or less are exempt from the testing requirement but not from the registration requirement
  • Important note for cross-border commuters and business travellers: For entries from high-risk areas (RKI level 2), the exemption for border commuters and business travellers no longer applies. Since 14 January, they have also been subjected to the obligation to register and provide proof.

The quarantine regulations are the responsibility of the individual federal states (entry quarantine regulations, e.g. ​Hesse​Bavaria​North Rhine-Westphalia, etc. – German only).
Please enquire independently how the quarantine regulations are specifically applied in your federal state.
The entry quarantine regulations of the federal states can be found here (In German Only).
In the absence of a negative test result, all transport companies are subject to an official transport ban.

 

Level 3: Entry from risk areas with occurring virus mutations

Due to the stricter entry and transport regulations that currently apply for travellers from risk areas with occurring virus mutations to Germany, only passengers with German citizenship, a residence in Germany and right of abode in Germany or passengers transferring in a transit area of a commercial airport and do not leave this area may be transported.
All passengers and transit passengers who enter Germany from a level 3 risk area (region with virus mutation) or change planes in Germany must have a negative Covid 19 test upon departure. The proof of the Corona/Covid-19 test must not be older than 48 hours at the time of entry and is checked by the transport companies, for example Lufthansa, before departure.

Children aged 6 six years old or less are exempt from the obligation to provide proof of testing, but not from the obligation to register.

Important note for cross-border commuters and business travellers:

For entries from regions with a virus mutation (RKI level 3), the exemption for border commuters and business travellers no longer applies. Since 14 January, they have also been subject to the obligation to register and provide proof.
The quarantine regulations are the responsibility of the individual federal states (entry quarantine regulations, e.g. e.g. ​Hesse​Bavaria​North Rhine-Westphalia, etc. – German only).
Please enquire independently how the quarantine regulations are specifically applied in your federal state.
The entry quarantine regulations of the federal states can be found here (In German Only).
In the absence of a negative test result, all transport companies are subject to an official transport ban.

 

Information on the quarantine obligation

Travellers entering or returning from a risk area (levels 1 to 3) within the last ten days before entry are obliged to enter a ten-day quarantine immediately after entry.

  • A ten-day quarantine is obligatory, when entering from a risk area of levels 1 and 2. From the fifth day after entry, it is possible to be tested again for COVID-19 and to end the quarantine prematurely if the test result is negative. This also applies if a negative test result was already available at or before entry (two-test strategy)
  • A 14-day quarantine is compulsory, when entering from a level 3 risk area (virus variant areas). The possibility to end the quarantine early explicitly does not apply to return journeys from virus variant areas due to the longer duration of infection by virus variants

 

Important note for travellers

If, despite a negative test result, the typical symptoms of an infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, such as fever, dry cough and loss of the sense of taste or smell, occur within ten days of entry, you are obliged in any case to inform your competent authority.

All information without guarantee. The applicable ordinance of the federal state in which the traveler is domiciled or in which the traveler is staying in Germany is decisive.

 

Complete and valid Covid-19-related entry documents

Be sure when entering Germany you have everything needed:

  • The test result has to be available as a printout or in electronic form.
  • The certificate needs to be personalized (including name, address, date of birth of the person tested).
  • It has to be available in the German, English or French language.
  • The proof must include the test method and the test result.
  • The test result needs to be validated by a physician or a recognised laboratory

Please note: Depending on your destination, the requirements, specifications and contents of the entry documents will vary. Please get informed about the current entry regulations before your trip.

 

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