Germany Travel Alerts and Warnings

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For the latest travel warnings and alerts around the world, read about lockdowns and border restrictions.

How are COVID-19 restrictions affecting travel to Germany? Which third-countries can enter, plus what to expect on arrival.


Quiet streets of Lüneburg, Germany Photo © Getty Images/Ventura Carmona

Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Germany – updated 27 October, 2020

Who can travel to Germany?

Germany's borders are open for travel from the EU, Schengen Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), and the UK.

Entry to Germany is possible from the following third countries, based on the travelers’ location immediately prior to arriving in Germany, not their nationality: Australia, Canada, Georgia, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Travel from China, Japan and South Korea and is only possible if mutual entry is determined.

Travel without restrictions is only allowed if the area is not defined as "high-risk" by the Robert Koch Insitute (RKI).

Anyone who has spent 14 days before their arrival in an identified risk area is obliged to self-isolate in their own home or suitable accommodation for 14 days after arriving. Travelers from an identified risk area must do one of the following:

  • Provide proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 taken within 48 hours prior to entry; OR
  • Be tested on arrival. There are facilities available for testing at airports and major transport hubs; OR
  • Take a test after your return to your place of residence in Germany, where you must report to the local health office.

A negative test may end the 14-day self-isolation period, however some German states require a second negative test before granting an exemption from quarantine. Check the local advice first.

We are doing our best to keep this information up to date. For the latest information check Germany's Federal Police website.

Restrictions in Germany

As well as nationwide regulations, and each of the 16 federal states have the final say on measures, and may implement different policies. 

It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport, and while inside airports.

Wondering how your travel insurance might be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak? Find answers to some of our common questions about COVID-19.

Oktoberfest canceled in 2020 due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Bavaria's state premier announced on 21 April that Oktoberfest festival will not take place this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Berlin Christmas Market Attack - 19th December 2016

A truck plowed into a crowded Christmas market in Breitscheidplatz, in the German capital Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 56 others. The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Force has tweeted that the terror group ISIS was taking credit for the incident.

Munich terror attack - July 22nd 2016

At least nine people are dead and a dozen wounded in what Munich police are describing as a suspected terrorist attack and a "shooting rampage" near the Olympia Shopping Center in the Moosach district.

As of this writing, no suspects are in custody - it's been reported there were possibly three attackers - and a massive manhunt is underway. A state of emergency has been declared and authorities are urging residents to not leave their homes. Train and bus service has been suspended and Munich's mainline railway station has been closed.

This is the second suspected terror attack in the Bavaria region this week. On Monday an axe and knife-wielding teenager injured a number of people on a train. He was eventually shot and killed by police.

Am I covered for a terrorist attack?

If you are injured in a terrorist attack your medical costs and medical evacuation (if required) are covered by your policy.

Access to the benefits of cancellation and trip interruption depends on your country of residence, so check out the information here. If you are a World Nomads policyholder check the wording on your policy. If you are not a World Nomads policyholder the policy wording is accessible after you get a quote (no obligation to purchase), but remember, you will not be covered for this incident if you purchase the policy after it has occurred, but you'll be covered for future unrelated events.

Anyone, policyholder or not, is welcome to call the customer assistance teams and discuss coverage.

In the meantime, World Nomads is urging travelers to retain perspective on terror events, and understand that the chance of being a victim is extremely small. In fact, you are statistically four times more likely to be hit by lightning.

Don't confuse the possibility of a terror attack with the probability of being involved in one.

Remember there are psychological reasons why you may feel uncertain about travel; we're more afraid of events that are gruesome, unpredictable and unfamiliar. We feel less fear about everyday dangers such as heart attack, auto accidents or skin cancer - all of which are much more likely to kill you.

However, there are actions you can take to further lessen the likelihood you will become a victim. These include carefully considering the security around large-scale, easily accessible, public events. If at all possible get yourself inside a secure area at any event. This may mean a ticketed event, or a secure area set up by organizers. Inside such an area, like being behind the security checkpoint at an airport, is the safest option.

Alternatively, if you stay in a publicly accessible area, stay away from the heaviest concentration of crowds, keep to the fringes where the sheer number of people presents less of a target and there is the option of making a quick escape if trouble should occur.

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So we can best assist you, please be ready with the following:

  • Your policy number
  • A contact number for where you are now
  • The nature of your problem
  • If you are ill or injured we will need details of medical consultations you have had

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