Germany has responded to the EU’s suggestion of opening its borders to 15 approved countries, by only permitting 8 of them unrestricted travel into the country.
On June 30th, The EU officially published the list of countries that will be allowed to travel to the European Union for the purpose of tourism starting on July 1st, 2020.
The press release made by the EU was only a recommendation. Each country will still make their own travel restrictions based on the recommendation.
Germany has decided on allowing 8 of the 15 nations into the country for the purposes of tourism, starting on July 2, 2020
Third-party countries without travel restrictions into Germany
From 2 July 2020, unrestricted travel to Germany is once again possible from the following third countries with low rates of infection:
- New Zealand
This list of countries is to be regularly updated.
Is this based on physical location for the last 14-days, or nationality?
The question of whether travel to Germany is permitted depends on where the person travelling has previously been staying the last 14 days, not on their nationality.
Other countries that were to be included:
According to SchengenVisaInfo, China, Japan, and South Korea were also to be included on the list of allowed third-party nations but came with a reciprocity clause. Since all three nations are currently not accepting Germany tourists, they are not granted access with the rest of the approved list.
Is there testing or quaratines for visitors from the 8 approved third-party countries?
No. They are granted access like the other 31 EU/EFTA nations are at this time with no mandatory testing or quarantine measures.
However, inbound travellers can expect health screenings and temperature screenings. If symptoms are found, testing and quarantine measures may be put into place.
Have Flights Resumed Into Germany?
Many direct flights from the approved 8 third-party nations have already been resumed or re-scheduled
Vancouver on Lufthansa starting July 2
Calgary on EuroWings starting July 1
Toronto on Air Canada starting July 2
Montreal on Air Canada starting July 2
Podgorica on Montenegro Airlines starting July 2
Tunis on Tunisair staring July 4
Bangkok on Lufthansa starting July 2
EU/EFTA Entry Information into Germany
Germany is the 8th most visited country in the world with over 37 million visitors per year.
On June 15th Germany lifted travel restrictions on 31 countries.
Included are the 26 countries of the European Union, the UK (which is its transition period out of the EU) and 4 members who are not in the EU, but are Schengen members; Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
Here's the list:
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
Read more about Germany officially reopening for tourism and everything you need to know before you go.
Disclaimer: Germany’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.