With effect from April 26, 2021, the Federal Republic of Germany designated India as a country with significantly elevated risk of infection (virus variant area).

Therefore, entry to Germany, even with a valid visa, is generally banned for passengers who have visited India during the last 10 days.

Exemptions: The Transport and entry ban does not apply to:

1. German Nationals and their accompanying close family members (spouse and children),

2.  Residents of Germany, holding a valid residence permit (a visa is not sufficient),

3.  Cargo or postal or ferry flights,

4.  Repatriation of aircrafts and crews,

5.  Transportation of personnel in the interest of public health,

6.  Ambulance flights and flights transporting transplant organs and necessary accompanying personnel,

7.  Flights for urgent humanitarian reasons (for example for urgent medical treatment),

8.  Flights on behalf of the EURATOM safeguards, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations and its agencies,

9.  Members of a foreign diplomatic mission or consular office in Germany and their accompanying close family members whose appointment and arrival has been notified to the Federal Foreign Office,

10. International transit: only allowed for direct onward connections without leaving the transit area of the airport and thus without entering Germany.


The exception does not apply for passengers who have an onward domestic connection within the Schengen area, as this would require entry into Germany.

All travellers from Covid-19 risk areas or virus variant areas, such as India, must register on www.einreiseanmeldung.de before entering Germany. As of Tuesday, 30 March 2021, any person entering Germany by plane is to carry a negative corona test and present it to the airline prior to Boarding.  This also applies to Transit passengers.

Travellers from India have to go directly to their final place of residence and immediately undergo a mandatory home quarantine for 14 days. For questions on quarantine regulations please contact your local Health Authority (Gesundheitsamt).

The test is to be taken not earlier than 48 hours prior to the scheduled arrival time in Germany. Exempted are children below 6 years. Details about testing can be seen from Robert Koch Institute’s Website: Robert Koch-Instituts. The test result is to be kept for at least 10 days after entry.

Violation of registration and quarantine requirements can lead to a fine of up to 25.000 €.

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