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Source: Federal Republic of Germany
16 November 2020
1. Keep yourself informed about the status of entry restrictions in Germany
It cannot be ruled out that Germany will reintroduce entry restrictions, or tighten existing restrictions, in the event that the COVID-19 pandemic situation deteriorates. Therefore, kindly note the following:
- The visa issued does not in itself guarantee that entry to Germany will be granted.
- Whether or not entry to Germany is granted is decided upon by the competent German Federal Police (Bundespolizei).
- Therefore, please make sure to carry along documents evidencing the purpose of your travel every time you seek to enter Germany so as to be able to present them at border control.
- As a general rule, it is only upon your arrival at a German airport/border that the Federal Police decides whether you are granted entry to Germany.
- The German diplomatic and consular missions abroad cannot take any responsibility in this regard.
We therefore urgently recommend visiting the website of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (homepage article “Coronavirus: Frequently Asked Questions”, then under “Travel restriction/border control”) in any case prior to your intended travel so as to obtain up-to-date information on whether you can expect to be granted entry to Germany upon your arrival: https://www.bmi.bund.de/.
2. Keep yourself informed about entry restrictions of other European countries
Prior to your travel to other member states of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland or Great Britain, if any, please inform yourself about entry restrictions in force in those other countries consulting the competent authorities of such countries. It is possible that, while you may be allowed to travel to Germany, you may not be allowed to travel to those other countries (or through those other countries on your way to Germany).
3. If you stayed in a “risk area” prior to entering Germany, you have to register online
Travelers to Germany who have stayed in a “risk area” within the last ten days before their arrival (even departure on air) have to register online at www.einreiseanmeldung.de prior to their entry. They must be able to present proof of such registration to check-in desk at Tirana International airport and when entering Germany. Please consult the website of the Robert Koch Institute to learn which regions/countries are currently being classified as risk areas (an English version of the respective list can be found at the bottom of the page): https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html
4. If you stayed in a “risk area” prior to entering Germany, you need to self-quarantine
As a general rule, persons who stayed in a risk area (see link to the current list of risk areas above) at any time during the ten-day period prior to their entering Germany are under an obligation to self-quarantine for a period of ten days. Regulations currently in place for travelers regarding testing obligations and quarantine periods can be found here: https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/coronavirus/faq-reisen-1735032
Important note: Presenting a negative COVID-19 testing result upon your arrival in Germany does, as a general rule, not exempt you from the obligation to self-quarantine.
For more information please refer to the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs at the following link:
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