Germany – different rules when entering from different European countries

By | 10 March 2021

In social media, there are many questions about the requirements that professional drivers must meet when entering from various European countries. There are also very different opinions and statements, mainly due to insufficient information. In order to systematize information, we present a list of requirements, related to COVID-19 pandemic, for road transport workers who want to enter Germany from various European countries.

The information is based on the publication of the Robert Koch Institute on March 5, 2021.

Entry from areas included in the list of “areas of virus variants”

Registration in German system

There are no exceptions to the registration requirement for areas with virus variants for persons involved in the transportation of goods. Therefore, employees of road, rail, water or air transport who have stayed in this area even for a while in the last 10 days are subject to registration at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de or, in the event of problems with the operation of the system, fill in the form manually from the website available at this link and present it at the request of the relevant authorities.

Testing for COVID-19

In addition to the registration obligation, a negative COVID-19 test result, taken not earlier that 48 hours before entry is required before entering Germany from areas with virus variants. Confirmation of the negative test result or the appropriate medical certificate must be presented on paper or in an electronic document in German, English or French (for those entering from Italy, a certificate in Italian is also accepted). Both PCR tests and certified antigen tests are accepted.

The tests are most often possible at border crossings and their costs range from 0 to 70 €. Therefore, it is worth to do such a test well in advance, if possible, to avoid queues at the borders and, most often, higher costs of the test itself.

List of European areas with virus variants (as of March 5, 2021)

  • Austria – the federal state of Tyrol (exceptions are the political district of Lienz (East Tyrol), the commune of Jungholz and the Riss valley in the commune of Vomp and Eben am Achensee)
  • Czech Republic
  • France – Moselle department
  • Ireland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Entry from “high risk areas”

Registration in German system

Persons involved in the transportation who have been in “high risk areas” in the last 10 days are required to register at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de or – in the event of problems with the operation of the system – must fill in the form manually from the website available at this link and show it at the request of the relevant authorities.

Transport workers who have traveled the “high risk area” in transit are exempt from the registration requirement.

Testing for COVID-19

Transport workers are exempt from showing negative COVID-19 test results if planned to stay in Germany for less than 72 hours. If the intended period of stay in Germany is difficult to predict and may exceed 3 days, it is recommended to perform a negative test and have it with yourself.

List of European “high risk areas” (as of March 5, 2021)

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Estonia
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Malta
  • Montenegro
  • North Macedonia
  • Sweden
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Hungary

Entry from the so-called “risk areas”

Transport workers entering Germany from risk areas are exempt from the registration obligation and the obligation to have a negative COVID-19 test result.

For the so-called “risk areas” are mostly other European countries, with the exception of:

  • Finland: Central Finland Region
  • Croatia: Bjelovar-Bilogora, Istria, Krapina-Zagorje and Požega-Slavonia counties

which recently are no longer recognized as risk areas.

We remind you of the obligation to cover your face with masks, keep your distance and disinfect your hands. In Austria and the South of Germany, masks with the FFP2 specification or better are mandatory.

Sources: rki.de, bmvi.de