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 orSpanish.
• Digital Health Passport: Travelers can carry an (EU) Digital COVID Certificate to demonstrate full vaccination.
• 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 or French. .
- Travelers under the age of 6 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’ cannot be exempted from quarantine.
- 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 samesex 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 country, 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; 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 Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macao SAR, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, the United States of America, and Qatar (Mainland China remains pending reciprocity).
- Skilled and highly qualified employees whose activities are economically necessary andcannot 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.
• Restrictions may vary between the states and certain affected regions.
• Distance of 1.5m between individuals as well as hygiene regulations remain unchanged.
• Face masks (also homemade "community masks", scarfs etc., that cover mouth, nose and cheeks) are mandatory in shops, pharmacies, at the doctor, at the hairdresser, and for certain leisure activities; these rules apply for people age 6 or older.
• Corona-Alert App is ready for download for both Apple and Android devices.
• Mass gatherings of more than 500 participants are prohibited until 31 August.
• Contact should be with the same limited amount of people if possible; meetings should take place outside where possible
• All shops have reopened with restrictions on the allowed number of customers; face masks are mandatory; restaurants have reopened (indoors and outdoors) with restrictions on the number of guests and distance regulations.
• If possible, refrain from grocery shopping as a family and visit shops alone to avoid overcrowding.
• Individual indoor sports as well as contact sports are possible again; distance regulations still apply.
• Individuals experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms should call their doctor, the on-call doctor service at 116 117, or the health department for guidance and recommendations; if an individual feels unwell, they are asked to stay at home to avoid spreading the infection.
• PLEASE NOTE: When visiting restaurants or any cultural events, etc., individuals may be asked to sign in with contact data, to assist with following infection chains should the case arise.
• PLEASE NOTE: Should infection rates rise above 50 per 100.000 inhabitants within 7 days, regional lock-downs and restrictions will be put back in place.
Public TransportFace 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