Germany reopens to American travelers on June 20



gGood news for American travelers who want to spend their summer relaxing on the banks of the Rhine: from June 20, Germany will allow unlimited access to American residents, regardless of their vaccination status.

The move follows a broader recommendation from the Council of the European Union, which on June 18 added the United States to its list of countries approved for entry. Despite the suggestion of the governing body, each EU member state has the final say on what exactly their requirements are and will be for travelers entering their borders. In an effort to save the summer tourist season, Spain, France, Denmark, Portugal and Greece have also opened up to American travelers in recent weeks.

According to german government, prior to departure, travelers from the United States to Germany must provide a negative COVID-19 test result, proof of recovery from COVID-19, or proof of vaccination. PCR and rapid tests are accepted, although the requirements are slightly different for each: the PCR test must be taken “no more than 72 hours before entering Germany; the rapid antigen test, not more than 48 hours. There is also fine print for proof of vaccination: to be eligible, there must be at least 14 days since the last dose of vaccine was administered, and proof of vaccination must be a physical copy. (A digital photo of a card will be not to be accepted.) A 10-day quarantine, which was previously mandatory for American travelers arriving in Germany, will no longer be required.

Travelers who have stayed in “risk areas” 10 days before arriving in Germany must also provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test and complete a form digital registration form it requires information on where they traveled and for how long. The form will be checked by airlines and border control. A 10-day quarantine on arrival is also required; if travelers have previously spent time in a “variant of concern” area, they are required to self-quarantine for 14 hours. (That said, Germany does allow these travelers to end home quarantine earlier by submitting a certificate of recovery, vaccination certificate proof of a negative test result. online). The current list of risk areas in the country can be viewed here.

Over the past month, Germany recorded 111,772 new cases of COVID, down from its record high of 690,608 in December 2020, per Johns Hopkins University. So far, the country has fully immunized 24,657,569 people, or about 30 percent of its population. Although the government has made it mandatory to wear face masks in public spaces since January 2020, some German states have started to relax their guidelines due to falling infection rates, for example Local.

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