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Coronavirus in Germany
Currently, there are no general borders closure, but see link below for restrictions. There are still controls at certain borders, but in general free movement with the European Union is possible. There are also limitation in regard to flights to some countries, e.g. the United Kingdom.

There are also quarantine requirements if you travel to Germany from various countries. Among those are all those, who are on the list of the Robert-Koch-Institut (RKI)

The Federal Ministry of Health as set up a homepage with FAQ for those travelling to Germany. Addition information could be found on the homepage of the ministry of foreign affairs (Auswärtiges Amt)

"Lockdown" in Germany started December 16, 2020

The various lockdown restrictions depend on the 7-day incidence in a city or county and can vary from state to sate. The general thresholds to look for are lower 35, 35 to 50, 50 to 100, or above 100. The 7-day incidence which applies for you depends on the city or county you are staying. This means if the incidence value differs between two counties (for example one below 50 and the other above 100) different restrictions might be in place!

As of November 02, 2020 Germany, entered into a lockdown light. This did however not reduced the number of Covid19 cases. Therefore on December 13, 2020 Germany announced a hard Lockdown for December 16, 2020 to April 18, 2021. If the 7-day incidence will be below 35, the restrictions could be lifted. Tighter restrictions are possible n again, if the 7-day incidence will rise above 100. These lies within the regulation and power of the federal states as well as counties.

As of April 24, 2021 there are additional measurements, the so called "federal emergency break". If in a city or region a 7-day incidence will rise above 100, the more restrictive rules of the federal government apply, if the local rules are not more strict.

Curfew / limitation of movement
If there are more than 100 new covid19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, a curfew between 22:00 and 05:00 applies. An exception applies for sport (alone like jogging) between 22:00 and 24:00. There are different rules in some federal states.
Exceptions apply if you need to go to work, for medical reasons and in urgent cases.

Some region / federal states have additional curfews.

Gatherings
Family gatherings depend on the incidence value. In can vary from one household plus one additional person to up to three households and a maximum of 10 people.

Travel
Check the current travel rules at Re-Open Europe - Germany Residents of the following third countries can enter Germany without restrictions: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.
Upon confirmation of mutual entry possibilities, the list will also include: China, Hong Kong and Macao.

For all persons residing in a third country that is not mentioned above, restrictions on travel continue to apply and these persons may enter Germany only for urgent reasons.
Business Travel is allowed, but curfew rules may apply. You should keep a invitation or statement of your company, that your travel is business related. In some federal states you need to fill a self declaration.
If you travel for leisure, some hotels require a negative covid-test or you could perform a self test under supervision by the hotel. Please check with the hotel, as this differ.
Public transportation is running. No information of reduction of trains by Deutsche Bahn, but given the curfew this may change. Please check of updates.
This is in regard to travel in Germany.

Germans are allowed to do leisure travel to other countries if permitted. Standard quarantine rules apply in this case.
FFP2 or medical mask have to be worn while traveling or use public transportation

Social Life
Restaurants, bars, theatres, operas, music hall are closed, and events are cancelled. In some areas outdoor dining is allowed again and culture venues are opening again.
Shops remain open selling essential goods (e.g. drugstores, supermarkets, pharmacies, ). They must follow the rules for social distancing and the number of visitors is limited to a certain number. Shop with non-essential goods (e.g. Saturn, IKEA, Peek and Cloppenburg, Thalia) are available with a registration for a time slot or a negative covid-test or with limitation to the number of people in the store (this depends on the rules in the federal state / county / city). FFP2 or medical mask have to be worn in shops and malls; this only applies if the 3 day incidence is below 150. If the incidence is higher, only click and collect is allowed.

Sport
Leisure sport is possible if you do it on your own (like running in the forest). Gyms are usually closed if the 7 day incidence is above 50. This applies for swimming pools, saunas and steam bath. There is no general rule, this depends on the rules in each federal state, and sometimes even county and city.
All amateur sport events are cancelled as well.

The general rules are summarized
  • club, discos, local pubs, restaurant (but take away is again allowed) are closed if 7 day incidence is above 35, al fresco dining is allowed
  • museums, theatres, operas are closed or access is limited
  • sport facilities such a swimming pools, gym / fitness-center are closed if 7 day incidence is above 50, sport on your own is allowed
  • essential shops are open, non-essential shop are closed or have limited access if incidence if above 50
  • Ban of large gatherings
  • family gatherings are allowed, depending on the 7 day incidence (excluding children below the age of 14, various rules in the federal states in regard to children)

Federal Government
Information on the homepage of the Federal Government in Berlin

There might be some difference as of today for the federal states:

Federal States

Baden-Württemberg
Information on Homepage

Bavaria (Bayern)
Information on homepage

Mandatory to wear FF2 mask in public transportation and shops. It is unclear, if this also applies to long distance trains running through Bavaria but also passing other federal states without this requirements. Currently, it seems, that this is not the case.

Berlin
Information on homepage

Brandenburg
Information on homepage. You need to look for the different information There seems to be no special page.

Bremen
Information on homepage

Hamburg
Information on homepage
Curfew starts at 21:00

Hesse (Hessen)
Information on homepage

Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen)
Information on homepage

Mecklenburg-Vorpommen
Information on homepage

North Rhine - Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
Information on homepage

Rhineland Palantine (Rheinland-Pflaz)
Information on homepage

Saarland
Information on homepage.

Saxonia (Sachsen)
Information on Homepage

Saxony-Anhalt (Sachsen-Anhalt)
Information on Homepage / detailed information Homepage

Schleswig-Holstein
Information on Homepage

Thuringia (Thüringen)
Information on Homepage


Related discussions threads about travel in / to Germany

Summer tourism in Germany
Quarantine rules relaxed (May 2021)
Covid19 testing in FRA / MUC


Updated on June1st 2021

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Old Mar 17, 20, 12:54 am
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Coronavirus in Germany

To summarize what and how the situation in Germany in regard to the coronavirus in our 16 federal states are, I have started a list and created a wiki. Especially to my fellow Flyertalker from Germany, fell free to add additional information. I will try to gather additinol informaton myself over the next couple of hours (or days) as I am quite busy right now.

I you cannot edit the wiki, feel free to post here, so that I can add it to the wiki.

Thank you very much.

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Groceries, weekly markets, pick-up and delivery services, beverage stores, pharmacies, medical supply stores, drug stores, gas stations, banks and savings banks, post offices, hairdressers, dry cleaners, laundromats, newspaper sales, construction, horticultural and pet supplies markets are open

Public facilities, pubs, sports, playgrounds and many shops are closed. Restaurants open from 6am to 6pm.

Public transport as normal, no other measures.

Source: https://www.rlp.de/index.php?id=33381
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Since all German federal states now follow the lead of the federal government, why not just cover the measures from the federal government (listed here) and then list items, where the states differ from those overarching guidelines?
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Since all German federal states now follow the lead of the federal government, why not just cover the measures from the federal government (listed here) and then list items, where the states differ from those overarching guidelines?
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Germany implements the entry restrictions for non-EU citizens recommended by the European Commission immediately, several sources report. According to the FAZ, the first affected flight was a TK flight into FRA last night where non-EU citizens with "non-essential" travel were denied entry.

These restrictions are supposed to remain in place for 30 days. Norway, Switzerland and the UK are exempt; its residents can continue to fly into Germany. There are a number of further exemptions: People with a permanent residence title for a EU country, medical personnel and experts on the coronavirus, diplomats, passengers in transit back to their country of residence, and people importing goods into the EU.
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Bavaria about to go into lockdown, Söder announces.
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Old Mar 21, 20, 6:45 am
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I have finalized the wiki with the current status of the federal states (so called "Länder") in the Wiki. As suggested by SunshineStay I have used the general rule and added information to public transportation. I also highlighted if there is a lockdown or restrictions in gathering of people.

Again, if you live in Germany or become aware of further restrictions, please update the wiki or post here.

Stay safe
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Just a data point. A friend of mine - a non-German EU citizen, resident in Munich - was able to travel from her apartment to the airport this morning for her flight home.

I am currently in the UK, but will post any updates I receive from colleagues in Bayern.
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Since yesterday:Stricter measures after non-compliance with voluntary requirements

The Rhineland-Palatinate Ministerial Council of Ministers today decided on further far-reaching measures to contain the pandemic. “We have already decided on far-reaching interventions and would like to thank everyone who is exemplary. However, we also noticed that some people unfortunately do not adhere to the requirement to distance themselves from one another. On the contrary, groups gather in some places or spend their free time. This impression is reinforced by descriptions from the municipalities. We have therefore decided that from midnight onwards there will be a public ban on assembly. Groups of people with more than 5 people are prohibited. In addition, the Council of Ministers has stipulated in the ordinance that the following institutions must close at midnight from today:
  1. Restaurants, restaurants, cafeterias, canteens, cafés and similar facilities (both indoor and outdoor catering),
  2. Ice cream parlors, ice cream parlors, internet cafés and similar facilities (both indoor and outdoor dining),
  3. Thermal baths, solariums, wellness facilities and similar facilities,
  4. Driving schools (including driving school exams on TÜV premises) and similar facilities,
  5. Libraries and similar institutions,
  6. Sports boat harbors and similar facilities.
The sale for take-away and the delivery service through restaurants, pubs and cafés remain permissible. On-site consumption is also excluded in facilities that are not affected by the closure.

Travel restrictions

From now on journeys and trips from the international risk areas declared by the Robert Koch Institute for COVID-19 to Rhineland-Palatinate are prohibited. In addition, transit from these risk areas through the area of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate is prohibited, with the exception of journeys to the place of employment or residence. The Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Health and Demography issued a corresponding regulation today. When traveling to the place of work, to the place of work or employment, a completed and signed commuter certificate from the Federal Police must be carried; in addition, when traveling with a vehicle, the commuter certificate must be clearly displayed behind the windscreen. These certificates can be found on the website of the Federal Policewww.bundespolizei.de/Web/DE/04Aktuelles/01Mteilungen/2020/03/pendlerbescheinigung_down.html can be downloaded.



Effects on the Rhineland-Palatinate economy

“The corona crisis has had an enormous impact on the Rhineland-Palatinate economy, especially the small companies and the self-employed have already been hit hard. I advocated a general, common solution early on. I therefore expressly welcome the federal emergency aid program for small businesses and solo self-employed persons. Corona is at least a national if not a global problem and so the answer must also be at the national level. We will support the federal government in implementing the program. At the same time, I am in discussion with all stakeholders in order to identify and react to any further need for help that may exist, ”said Minister of Economics Dr. Volker Wissing.



The minister called on all companies to take advantage of existing offers. "Use the short-time allowance. Talk to your tax office. Make contact with your house bank, which plays a key role in the state government's guarantee and loan programs, ”said Wissing. However, it must be clear to everyone that politicians can only combat the effects of the spread of the corona virus, in order to curb the spread of the virus in and of itself, but we are all challenged.

Source: https://www.rlp.de/de/aktuelles/einz...a-bekaempfung/
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I am resident in Austria and usually commute across the border to work in Bayern. However I am currently in the UK, due to the postponement of my company's seasonal activities at least until April 27.

My work is in a tourist industry, which has absolutely no chance of operating whilst these lockdowns are in place. I do, however, plan to return by car, once we are permitted to begin the season.
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So I wonder whether it is worth downloading the permit from the Bundespolizei? I guess not, as my work will only start once the lockdowns are lifted and I have absolutely no interest in returning home during the lockdowns.
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Germany will ban the gathering of more than two people, I believe to start tonight.
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Germany will ban the gathering of more than two people, I believe to start tonight.
Does this apply only to public places, or also in private residences?
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Public spaces. To be precise this is banning the gathering of more than 2 people not of the same household. Non essential business to close (hairdressers were still open for example). We are now basically short of a curfew.
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Does this apply only to public places, or also in private residences?
It does not include family members or people living together. Still...
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It does not include family members or people living together. Still...
What I mean is friends popping over for dinner and a bottle of wine.
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