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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. The list is expected to be updated constantly.

Germany is reopening to tourists June 15

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* (brussels region)
  • Bulgaria* (Blagoevgrad region)
  • Croatia* (Šibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia, Zadar, Dubrovnik-Neretva, Pozega-Slavonia regions)
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic* (Prague metro region)
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France* (Occitanie, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes and Corsica regions)
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania* 
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain*
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland* (Geneva and Waadt regions)
  • United Kingdom

*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
  • Georgia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • 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. 

colonge and berlin are reopening

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. 

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.

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