Germany Has New Rules for US Tourists. Here’s What You Need to Know

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As of August 15th, Germany added the United States and a handful of other countries to its list of high-risk countries and regions

The change means that anyone entering Germany from the United States will need to show proof of full vaccination or recent recovery from covid to avoid a mandatory 10-day quarantine. When Germany opened to US tourists in June, travelers could present vaccine certification or proof of a negative covid PCR or rapid antigen test.

These new regulations do not apply to United States citizens who have been traveling already for more than ten days in countries Germany deems to be lower risk. The newly released list of country rankings dropped Portugal off of the high-risk countries, except for Lisbon and the Algarve regions.

Those entering Germany will need to upload proof of eligibility via the German Digital Registry prior to entry to avoid quarantine.

Those who do need to quarantine may be able to shorten the required time by passing a negative PCR test taken no earlier than five days into quarantine. The negative results will then need to be uploaded to the Digital Registry to resume travel. 

According to the US Embassy and Consulate in Germany, travelers under 12 who cannot be vaccinated will quarantine for five days upon arrival in Germany. Their quarantine period will end after five days with no testing requirements. 

Anyone entering Germany coming from a region deemed an “area of variant concern” will be required to complete a 14-day quarantine with no option to reduce the time. Only two countries, Uruguay and Brazil, are currently listed as variant concerns for Germany.

Check out the complete list of countries and requirements to enter here


Lauren Allain
Lauren is a freelance journalist from Seattle. She travels the globe in search of the best grocery stores, bouldering gyms, and snorkeling locations. Her mission at Freedom Is Everything is to help others make the transition into location-independent lifestyles.