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Information on visa applications, entry to Germany and quarantine regulations

30.06.2020 - Article

Here you can find information on visa applications, entry to Germany and quarantine regulations.

1. Processing of visa applications

Applications for a visa to travel to Germany to the German Embassy in Nicosia can be submitted as normal without restrictions due to COVID-19. It is not yet possible to apply for visas for the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Belgium, Denmark, Norway or Iceland. Please take note of the general information on visa applications.

 

2. Restrictions on entry to Germany

As a rule, entry from Cyprus is possible if the normal requirements, e.g. a valid visa, depending on nationality, are met.

For Germany, travel restrictions apply for entry from a large number of countries. Please check with the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI) prior to your trip to find out what regulations apply specifically with regard to the country from which you plan to enter Germany.

In principle, entry is possible from:

  • EU member states
  • states associated with Schengen: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
  • the United Kingdom
  • Other countries, from which entry is possible due to the epidemiological situation assessment by the EU.

Entry from other countries is only possible in exceptional cases and is conditional on there being an urgent Need.

As travel from the North of Cyprus has to be via Turkey, upon arrival you will be considered as coming from Turkey, with the relevant restrictions.

3. Quarantine regulations for entry to Germany

In principle, no quarantine applies for entry to Germany from Cyprus. Quarantine may, however, be necessary if travellers have stayed in a risk area in the 14 days prior to entry. More details are available below under Risk areas.

Upon entry into Germany following a stay in a risk area within the last 14 days

  • you must, under these agreements, proceed directly to your destination following entry into Germany,
  • self-isolate at home and
  • email or phone your competent authority, as a rule the health office in your place of residence/accommodation.

Exception: transit

The obligation to self-isolate at home does not apply in the case of transit through Germany. In this case, however, you are obliged to leave Germany immediately.

Exception: proven negative test result

If you can prove that you are not infected with the SARS CoV-2 virus, these quarantine regulations do not apply.

This proof must take the form of a medical certificate. The molecular test to detect an infection must have been conducted no more than 48 hours prior to entry (i.e. the swab must have been taken no more than 48 hours prior to entry). The test must have been carried out in a European Union member state or a state with comparable quality standards.

Alternatively, the test may be carried out upon entry

  • at the border crossing point or
  • at the place where you are staying.

The test result must be retained for at least 14 days after entry – regardless of whether the test was conducted prior to or following entry. It must be submitted to the health office upon request.

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