COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
• Vaccinated and recovered travelers do not need to carry a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine, unless traveling from ‘areas of variant concern’.
- Recovery can be demonstrated through a positive COVID-19 nucleic acid test (PCR, PoCPCR or other nucleic acid amplification test methods), completed 28-180 days before entry, issued in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish. The test result should contain personal data (name and date of birth, address), and written or electronic confirmation (with electronic signature or seal). Travelers can carry an (EU) Digital COVID Certificate to demonstrate recovery.
- Vaccination certificates should confirm full vaccination, 14 days after the single or final dose of a European Medicines Agency-approved vaccine; should contain personal data (name and date of birth), vaccination date and number, vaccine name, disease name, administering agency (name and address), and written or electronic confirmation (with electronic signature or seal); and should be issued in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish.
• Quarantine and COVID-19 Testing: Negative COVID-19 test result, from a test completed no more than 48 hours before entry for all travelers. If a nucleic acid test is used (PCR, PoC-PCR or other nucleic acid amplification test methods), no more than 72 hours prior to entry.
- The negative test result or corresponding medical certificate must be provided on paper or in an electronic document; in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish. The test must meet the requirements.
- Travelers under the age of 12 are exempt.
- Airlines may require a negative test result even for transiting travelers remaining in the airport transit area.
• 10-day home quarantine for travelers who visited ‘areas of variant concern’, ‘high incidence areas’ or ‘risk areas’ in the 10 days before entry.
- Travelers from ‘areas of variant concern’ can be exempted from quarantine if they are fully vaccinated with a European Medicines Agency-approved vaccine.
- Travelers from other areas can reduce quarantine duration by completing a COVID-19 test after five days of quarantine and can cease quarantine if testing negative. The test results must be kept for 10 days and, upon request, must be provided to German authorities.
• Consular posts are offering limited services.
• Immigration offices are operating with limited services by prior arrangement.
• Town halls are limited to emergency applications by prior appointment. Please check your town hall before visiting.
• TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS: Until further notice, suspension of flights; as well as travel by bus, ship, train and land travel; from ‘areas of variant concern'. Exemptions are:
- German nationals, regardless of their place of residence, and their accompanying family members (spouse, children and registered same-sex partners for countries where same-sex partners cannot get married).
- EU nationals and their family members with permanent residence in Germany;
- Non-EU nationals with permanent residence in Germany, holding a residence permit or long-term visa for Germany.
- Passengers in transit; among limited other exceptions.
• Entry restrictions are lifted for those traveling from other EU/Schengen Area countries, regardless of nationality or purpose of travel.
• Entry from other non-EU/Schengen Area countries is allowed for:
- Fully vaccinated travelers, who received their last dose at least 14 days before entry; provided they are not entering from China (reciprocity reservation) or a ‘virus variant area’. Vaccination certificates should contain personal data (name and date of birth), vaccination date and number, vaccine name, disease name, administering agency (name and address), and written or electronic confirmation (with electronic signature or seal).
- German nationals and residents, and their family members.
- Partners of German residents, carrying a written invitation as well as a copy of their partner’s identity document and a declaration and proof of their relationship.
- EU/Schengen Area/UK nationals and their family members.
- EU long-term residence permit holders and those holding other types of EU or national residence permits (excluding newly approved permits, unless greenlisted as highly qualified).
- Residents of Australia, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Jordan, Macao, Moldova, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uruguay (Mainland China remains pending reciprocity);
- Skilled and highly qualified employees whose activities are economically necessary and cannot be postponed or performed from abroad (including eligible business trips and travelers with newly approved EU Blue Cards, Intra-Company Cards and Specialist Permits).
- Healthcare, transport and seasonal workers; students; family members traveling for family reunification or imperative family reasons; among limited other exceptions.
Home SearchServices currently offered include:
• Lease checks
• Check in/out
• Viewing are at the landlord's discretions due to social distancing regulations the viewings might be limited to the landlord only, without a consultant present.
• Please maintain 1.5m distance during handovers and viewings and refrain from shaking hands.
• Temporary accommodations are open, with restrictions regarding gatherings in dining halls, etc.
• Hotels have reopened as of 29 May, with hygiene regulations in place for shared areas.
• Status update on schools: opening gradually, with mixed schedules and alternating attendance in classes (to avoid infections); summer holidays are about to start.
• Kindergartens are scheduled to reopen further, mid-June.
• PLEASE NOTE: Individual classes may be asked to stay home in case of positive COVID-19 tests within the class; if set threshold of new infections in a city or region is confirmed, school and kindergartens might be closed down at any point.
• Curfew is lifted as of June 20, 2021..
- Reopening of cafes and restaurants (up to six people per table) ; sports halls, exhibitions and fairs for up to 5,000 people subject to health pass, opening of borders to foreign tourists with health pass; gathering of less than 1000 people authorized; teleworking recommended but not mandatory; discos and clubs will reopen their doors July 9th with those that can present a valid health pass that have been vaccinated with two doses and at least one week after the second dose and capacity of occupants will be limited to 75%.
•Face masks are mandatory on public transport.
Household GoodsSurvey (Video/In-person)
• Yes, both
Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
• Air: Normal service at present; some reduced capacity on certain routes; still high rates.
• Sea: Some shortage of capacity to Eastbound; rate increase applying; lack of containers and overbooked sailing entering many times to demurrage at origin.
• Trucking capacity available.
Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?
• No, customer must sign waiver if nominating a representative.