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12.04.2022 - Article

Please be advised that the information provided below is subject to change and no liability assumed. Travellers should keep themselves informed of any changes by regularly checking websites listed below and following advice provided by competent authorities in their host country.

Am I allowed to enter Germany?

You can find information on entry and quarantine requirements here.

What is recognised as proof of vaccination?

Information is available on the website of the German Federal Ministry of Health

The Australian vaccination certificate meets these requirements.

What constitutes proof of recovery?

Information is available on the website of the German Federal Ministry of Health

Do I need a negative Covid-19 test for entry into Germany?

You need either a negative test result or proof of vaccination or proof of recovery. For requirements on the test see the website of the German Federal Minstry of Health

Also make sure to check with the airline, as they might have different requirements for their flights.

If you are fully vaccinated and have recovered from Covid19, you only need the proof of vaccination for entry into Germany.

Do I need to register and quarantine?

As of 27.02.2022 Australia is not considered a high-risk area any more. Therefore you do not need to register or quarantine, if you have spent the last 10 days in Australia.

If you are arriving from a high-risk area, you have to register at the travel portal (www.einreiseanmeldung.de) before entering the country and carry the confirmation with you. If you upload your proof of vaccination or recovery at the same time, you do not have to quarantine on arrival. Otherwise you are required to proceed directly to your own home, or other suitable accommodation and self-isolate for 10 days. The self-isolation can be shortened by presenting a negative test result after 5 days at the earliest.

Restrictions on public life in Germany

The Federal and Länder Governments have agreed to gradually ease restrictions. You will find the current rules at a glance on the website of the Federal Government (German only).

Links to websites of the different Bundesländer can be found on the website “Zusammen gegen Corona”

The German diplomatic and consular missions abroad cannot take any responsibility or provide any guidance in this regard.

Can I convert my Australian international vaccination certificate into an EU digital vaccination certificate?

The purpose of the EU Digital COVID certificate is to help facilitate free movement and travel within the EU for both EU citizens and non-EU nationals already in the EU.

At the moment there is no formal process in place for converting vaccination certificates from abroad into EU digital certificates.

So far, several non-EU countries joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate System. Australia is not part of these countries.

Once you are in Germany, you can ask a GP or pharmacy for assistance in converting the Australian international COVID certificate. However, as there is no obligation for these institutions to do so and there might be technical difficutlies as well, there is no guarantee that a conversion is at all possible.

The Australian international vaccination certificate is valid for entry into Germany.

Where can I find more information from German authorities?

Federal Foreign Office’s ‘Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise’ 

Covid-19 FAQ of the Federal Ministry of Health and Important Information regarding the Coronavirus

Covid-19 FAQ of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

Robert Koch Institut (definition of risk areas)

Paul-Ehrlich-Institut (list of recognized vaccines and Information on proof of vaccination)

Where can I get more information from Australian authorities?

COVID-19 information is provided by

the Australian Government

the Australian Department of Health

the Australian Department of Home Affairs

the Australian states and territories

The Australian Government has set up an information Hotline: 1800 020 080; for non-English speakers: 131 450.

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