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*Important update since publishing on May 26 – Last minute on June 1, Germany decided to change their mind on completely removing entry requirements and continued asking for proof of vaccination from all third-party travelers for entry, until June 11. On June 11, the entry rules were fully removed.

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Germany has become the latest European nation to remove all COVID-19 entry requirements from June 1, 2022. According to the German health minister, the removal of restrictions will be in place until the end of August.

Health Minister, Karl Lauterbach, said: “Until the end of August, we will suspend the 3G rule on entry.”

However, it’s not clear what will happen after August; this likely depends on the COVID-19 situation in Germany over the summer. 

The New Entry Requirements 

Germany is removing all COVID-19 restrictions for the summer months from June 1, 2022. As a result, travelers won’t need to:

  • Undergo mandatory quarantine
  • Have proof of vaccination
  • Test before or after arrival
  • Complete passenger locator forms

With that said, Germany is keeping restrictions on ‘high-risk’ countries with suspicious variants. Currently, there are no nations on Germany’s high-risk list. Therefore, all nations—as of June 1, 2022—will face no restrictions upon entry. Of course, this could change over the summer if the pandemic situation changes. 

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany

Until June 1, 2022, the current travel restrictions will stay in place. These include showing proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, or a negative COVID-19 test before arrival. If travelers have received the booster shot, Germany considers them fully vaccinated. Germany doesn’t have an expiry date on the booster shot. 

If travelers haven’t received the booster shot but received their last vaccine dose under 270 days ago, Germany considers them fully vaccinated. 

Travelers who aren’t fully vaccinated can’t enter Germany unless they are a German citizen, the spouse/partner/child under 18 of a German citizen, or have an urgent need to travel.

These restrictions will end on June 1. 

What Happens After August? 

The biggest many travelers will ask is what happens after the summer? In truth, it remains completely unclear. 

So, travelers looking to visit Germany later in the year should perhaps hold off from booking until rules are clear after September. Although it’s unlikely that Germany will shift the COVID-19 rules significantly, they may reintroduce mandatory proof of vaccination for entry, etc. 

The Current Internal COVID-19 Restrictions In Germany 

Although many nations are dropping their COVID-19 entry requirements, they aren’t dropping their internal restrictions just yet. 

Germany is different; they’ve ended most internal COVID-19 restrictions. However, travelers still need to wear medical-grade masks—usually FFP-2 masks—on public transport and in healthcare settings. 

Different German states can enforce their own COVID-19 rules depending on the situation. If travelers test positive for COVID-19 in Germany, they should self-isolate.

Travelers may only leave their homes and interrupt their self-isolation to complete a PCR test. So—unlike many European nations—Germany still requires people with COVID-19 to self-isolate. However, the mandatory self-isolation period is only 5 days. 

The current 7-day case average in Germany is 35,662; that’s a significant decrease from the 7-day case average of 221,638 on March 30, 2022. Germany has witnessed 26.2 million COVID-19 infections since the pandemic started. 

Other European Nations Who’ve Removed All COVID-19 Restrictions 

If Americans are looking to travel to Europe this summer and don’t want any travel restrictions, they have plenty of options. These nations in Europe have removed all COVID-19 entry requirements:

  • The United Kingdom 
  • Ireland
  • Denmark
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Poland
  • Czechia
  • Switzerland
  • Liechtenstein 
  • Gibraltar
  • Madeira
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Hungary
  • Croatia
  • Serbia
  • Romania
  • Bulgaria
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Kosovo
  • Albania
  • North Macedonia
  • Greece

Internal COVID-19 restrictions may vary in these nations.

Final Thoughts 

Germany removing all travel restrictions this summer is excellent news for Americans, Canadians, and other non-EU travelers. If Americans are looking to book somewhere in Europe after summer, they should refer to the list above of countries that have taken a more permanent stance on ending covid-related restrictions, as Germany’s appear to be more temporary.

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Robert C

Sunday 5th of June 2022

According to United Airlines, travelers from the U.S. still need proof of vaccination or negative test in June to fly from the U.S. to Germany.

Megan

Thursday 9th of June 2022

@Kashlee Kucheran, Do we know if they will go back and lift this soon? I booked my trip for end of June when I saw this was lifted. I am partially vaccinated and can show that I had Covid before 1st dose….airline says this is sufficient proof. Do you think the border security in Germany will also accept? I do not want to get stuck anywhere. Traveling from US to Germany. Do you think they will uplift this before end of the month?

Kashlee Kucheran

Sunday 5th of June 2022

We just spoke with border police today and unfortunately yes, they changed their minds last minute and did NOT remove entry requirements for third-party travelers as they originally said they would. They have also removed the negative antigen test for entry, it is no longer possible to bypass proof of vax. The border police told us today they are now asking for only proof of vaccination to enter from 3rd party, no other options.

Timrivergod

Saturday 4th of June 2022

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Only applies to German residence returning from Holiday!

Effective immediately: Vacationers no longer need 3G proof to return to Germany 01/06/2022, 16:26:18

Effective immediately: Vacationers no longer need 3G proof to return to Germany Created: 06/01/2022Updated: 06/01/2022 17:18 Relief for the summer vacation: When returning to Germany, travellers no longer have to worry about 3G proof - at least for the time being.

Timrivergod

Saturday 4th of June 2022

But why does the German Federal Foreign Office still state 3G restrictions still apply to Third country nationals(UK)?

Ka

Thursday 26th of May 2022

Glad you included "Germany has witnessed 26.2 million COVID-19 infections since the pandemic started."

That is 30% of the population.

Dangerous, deadly virus....

no clot shot thanks

Friday 27th of May 2022

@Christian, Don't ask logical questions, just follow the rules and simply inject yourself with clot shots. After injection start complain about your headache.

Christian

Thursday 26th of May 2022

@Ka, how can it be deadly if the population has grown despite of the fact that it was supposed to decline even without any virus?

Atlas

Thursday 26th of May 2022

Opening up just for the busy tourist season... Not that we needed any more evidence, but doesn't this prove that all the ridiculous covid rules are all about money, power, and control, and have nothing to do with actual public health? The corrupt dictators obviously have dollar signs in their eyes just like in the cartoons.

no clot shot thanks

Friday 27th of May 2022

@Atlas, But this is the democracy :) People love it, because these lovely politicians are still voted IN.