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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.

Germany Opens Borders For Tourists From 8 Third-Party Countries

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:

  • Australia
  • Georgia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay

This list of countries is to be regularly updated.

germany opening for 8 third party nations

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.

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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

From Canada:

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

From Montenegro:

Podgorica on Montenegro Airlines starting July 2

From Tunisia:

Tunis on Tunisair staring July 4

From Thailand:

Bangkok on Lufthansa starting July 2

Germany Reopening To Tourists June 15th

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:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • 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.

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Deepthi

Thursday 5th of November 2020

Is tourist visa open for gemany from India?? Please reply

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 5th of November 2020

No, not at this time

Luis

Friday 23rd of October 2020

Hi Will I be able to enter Germany as an in-transit passenger coming from South Africa

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 23rd of October 2020

If you do not have to go through customs, it should be possible. Contact your airline for more clarification

Tracy

Monday 5th of October 2020

I wanted to travel to move in with my girlfriend in Germany but I stay in Georgia,USA is it possible for me to go for a one round trip.

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 5th of October 2020

If you are a resident of the USA, you are not permitted into Germany at this time for leisure. If you are moving to Germany, you will have to inquire with the consulate.

Scott

Thursday 1st of October 2020

I am a Canadian flying from Toronto to Dresden next week... As far as I can tell, we are still on the "safe list" and don't need to quarantine upon arrival in Germany. As long as Air Canada doesn't mess with my itinerary again, I should be fine... I hope

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 2nd of October 2020

Yes, as of today's rules you are good to go!

Gabriel

Saturday 5th of September 2020

it also says ESSENTIAL Traveler Test Updates: Does that mean a Canadian currently in Albania must have essential / approval and from ho? What do they mean with essential.

Essential/approved travelers from Albania and North Macedonia will also need a 72 hour PCR test to enter Greece as of...

Can a Canadian travel as a tourist into Greece coming from Albania?

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 5th of September 2020

With the information we have, a Canadian can enter Greece from Albania with a 72 hour PCR test. However, you should check yourself with the consulate or border police