02.02.2022 - Article

Your visa does not guarantee entry into Germany – please keep yourself informed about the status of German entry restrictions

Due to the pandemic, entry into Germany is currently restricted. The visa issued to you does not, on its own, guarantee your entry into Germany! Even with a visa, entry into Germany is only possible if your intended travel is exempted from the current pandemic-related entry restrictions. If this is not the case, you may not enter Germany and will be refused entry at the German border.

We urgently recommend visiting the website of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (homepage article “Coronavirus: Frequently Asked Questions”, under “Travel restriction/border control”) prior to any intended travel 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/DE/startseite/startseite-node.html.

Whether entry to Germany is granted is decided by the competent German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) only upon your arrival at a German airport/border. The German diplomatic and consular missions abroad cannot take any responsibility in this regard. Therefore, please make sure to carry along documents evidencing the purpose of your travel every time you seek to enter Germany to be able to present them at border control.

Please 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 or Switzerland, 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).

Please make sure to comply with COVID-19 entry regulations applicable to travelers

Detailed information on applicable COVID-19 entry regulations is available, in multiple languages, at the website of the German Federal Ministry of Health. We urgently recommend visiting the website prior to any intended travel to obtain up-to-date information on COVID-19 entry regulations:


Please inform yourself about COVDI-19 restrictions on public life in Germany!

In many places in Germany, restrictions on public life are currently in force, partially depending on the local epidemiological situation. These restrictions are subject to change anytime. German Federal Government and German Federal States (Bundesländer) have restricted, and may further restrict, access to accomodation (in particular hotels), hospitality businesses (restaurants, bars, clubs etc.) as well as leisure, culture and sports events to individuals in possession of a valid certificate of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 (“2G rule”) or an additional test certificate (“2G plus”), as the case may be. As a general rule, Germany only recognizes vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or licence products thereof. Furthermore, in some cases, only EU Digital COVID Certificates or equivalent certificates are accepted. As a consequence, holders of foreign certificates (physical or digital) are in many cases not granted access to certain venues and events. Therefore, prior to your intended travel to Germany, please inform yourself about whether your trip, and activities planned in its course, can actually be conducted. Respective information is available at the websites of the German Federal State (Bundesland) you are travelling to. The German diplomatic and consular missions abroad cannot take any responsibility or provide any guidance in this regard.

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