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Germany Reopening To Tourists June 15th From Select Countries

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This is a 2020 article with information about Germany's first reopening in June, 2020. ——> for updated 2021 information please go to “Germany's Covid-19 Entry Requirements Guide”


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Germany announced that it will be officially reopening to tourists on June 15th, allowing 31 countries to cross its borders for the purposes of tourism. Germany is the 8th most visited country in the world with over 37 million visitors per year.

Germany reopens

Even though Germany is opening on June 15th to visitors from 31 countries, the government has clearly stated that countries might be removed from the approved list if their case numbers get too high. 

November Update: Since this news story was published, entry rules, requirements, and countries allowed to visit Germany have continued to change. This ‘reopening' news story will no longer be updated.

All Germany updates will be published on our guide: “Germany's Covid-19 Entry Requirements”

Germany is reopening to tourists June 15

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Which Countries Can Visit Germany?

On June 15th Germany is lifting 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.

On July 2, 2020, Germany will also lift travel restrictions on 8 additional third-party countries, upon recommendation of the EU

Here's the full EU/EFTA list that can currently visit Germany:

  • Austria
  • Belgium* 
  • Bulgaria* (Blagoevgrad region)
  • Croatia* (Šibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia, Zadar, Dubrovnik-Neretva, Pozega-Slavonia, Grad (city) Zagreb und Međimurska regions)
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic* (Prague metro region)
  • Denmark
  • Estonia* (Idu-Viru region)
  • Finland* (Ostrobothnia region)
  • France* 
  • Greece
  • Hungary* (regions Csongrád, Veszprém, Vas and Pest)
  • Iceland*
  • Ireland* (border region, Mid-West, South-West, Mid-East, West and Midlands regions)
  • Italy* (Campania and Liguria regions)
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania* (Šiaulių region)
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta*
  • Netherlands*
  • Norway
  • Poland* (Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Małopolskie, Podlaski, Pomorskie and Świętokrzyskie regions)
  • Portugal* (region Norte)
  • Romania* 
  • Slovakia*
  • Slovenia* (Koroska region, Jugovzhodna Slovenija, Pomurska and Podravska regions)
  • Spain*
  • Sweden* (Jämtland, Örebro, Uppsala, Stockholm provinces)
  • Switzerland* (Geneva and Waadt regions, Fribourg, Jura, Neuchâtel, Nidwalden, Schwyz, Uri, Zurich und Zug areas.)
  • United Kingdom* (Northern Ireland and Whales areas. East midlands and west midlands)

*now considered high risk and must take PCR test on arrival or quarantine for 14 days.

Here is the full third-party, non-EU list:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Thailand
  • Uruguay
Germany Reopening To Tourists June 15th

The Foreign Minister of Affairs, Heiko Mass, made a statement to the press outlining the relaxing of Germany’s borders. He reminded hopeful tourists:  “We must not weigh ourselves in false security. Covid is far from over. Together we must prevent tourism from leading to a second wave. It depends on the personal responsibility of each individual”

Will visitors into Germany be required to isolate?

No. Any visitor entering from the 31 pre-approved EU/EFTA countries and the 8 third-party countries listed above will NOT have to do any self-isolation once they arrive in Germany.

No mandatory tests are required either. 

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However, if case numbers start to climb, they will change these rules. The Ministry of the Interior Government of Germany states:

“Persons travelling from the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland or the UK can be ordered into quarantine if over the last seven days the number of new infections in the respective country amounted to more than 50 per 100,000 inhabitants.”

Germany is reopening for tourism

Can the United States, Canada, Australia and other countries visit Germany?

Canada and Australia have been approved for travel into Germany as of July 2, 2020.  Canada has since been removed effective October 27.

The United States still remains banned for an unknown amount of time.

Is Germany Making Entry Exceptions For Couples Separated By Bans?

Yes, Germany is the latest country to allow un-married couples to reunite, despite the EU travel ban. As of August 10th, partners who have been separated can now be together again on German soil.

This will work well for an American who has a German partner and hasn't been able to reunite to due current travel bans. 

See all the information, how to apply, and all documents needed

What's Open In Germany?

Each city and state of Germany has its own rules to what is officially open/closed, but generally here’s what is open right now in most of the country:

  • Shops, boutiques and stores
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Restaurants, cafes and snack kiosks
  • Churches and places of worship
  • Hotels (Some. Starting May 25 into June and July)
  • Gyms (starting June 3rd, ongoing)
Germany is reopening to 31 countries

What Are The Rules For Germany?

  • Visitors must wear a mask/face covering when taking public transit or inside a shop
  • Visitors must respect social distancing at all times

Tourists will see lots of spread-out dining tables, hand-washing stations, plexiglass barriers and sanitizing protocols throughout their visit.

Germany reopening June 15

The Top 5 Countries that visit Germany the most are: Netherlands at 4.5 million per year, Switzerland at 3.2 million per year, United States at 2.6 million per year, United Kingdom at 2.6 million per year and Austria at 1.8 million per year.

Germany’s new tourism rules will allow 4 out of those 5 top countries to now visit, which will greatly help their battered tourism industry.

Article originally published June 4, 2020


Thursday 12th of November 2020

What about a South African with a lengthy transit in Frankfurt en route to Tirana, can I take a day trip into the city?

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 12th of November 2020

No sorry, it will not be permitted at time


Saturday 10th of October 2020

I am a Canadian citizen living in Asia (Myanmar) for the last two years. I assume I cant get into the EU even though they are allowing Canadians in, is that correct? Thank you so much!

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 10th of October 2020

Yes, most countries that are allowing Canadians have it in their fine print they want the Canadian coming directly from Canada, or another safe EU nation. YOu would have to ask border police on a case-by-case basis, but I assume the answer will be no


Sunday 4th of October 2020

I am a Canadian flying from Toronto to Dresden on Fri Oct 09... growing more and more concerned about the numbers coming out of Ontario. We are not on the Robert-Koch Institute list of high-risk areas yet, but I'm getting nervous.

Kashlee Kucheran

Sunday 4th of October 2020

As of today, Canada is still on the green, but yes anything can happen. Fingers crossed for you!


Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

What about individuals making connecting flights through German airports?

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

Here is everything we know about transits: (Click HERE to read)


Thursday 10th of September 2020

This list needs an update - it is missing Greece. As an EU country, arrivals from Greece are welcome and there is no quarantine requirement. I safely made this journey today with no problems.

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 10th of September 2020

Yes, this actually was a typo that it was not there :)