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, Belgium and the Netherlands at 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 Luxemburg, 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 and COVID-19 tests upon 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 at any time in the 14 days prior to entry. In theses cases, proof of a negative test for SARS-CoV-2 must be provided or a test carried out within 14 days of entry at the request of the competent authority. The Länder are responsible for practical implementation. New regulations will come into force in the Länder probably on 8 November 2020, which will implement changes as of that date. More details on the risk areas are available below under Risk areas.

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

  • you must proceed directly to your destination following entry into Germany,
  • self-isolate at home until a negative test result is available (for more details on this see Exception: proven negative test result), provide proof of the negative test result to the competent authorities, as a rule the health office upon request, and
  • email or phone your competent authority, as a rule the health office in your place of residence/accommodation. If travellers have filled in and submitted a disembarkation card on the plane, ship, bus or train, they do not have to register again after entry.

Travellers can find more information on the newly introduced mandatory tests here.

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 COVID-19, no quarantine is necessary in most Länder. However, some Länder require you to take another test after a few days.

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 result must be no more than 48 hours old upon 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 is free for travellers up to 72 hours after entry and can be conducted at airports, for example.

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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