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Since Au­gust, a new entry regulation has been in effect for Germany, which regulates what proof must be provided for entry, who must register, and who must be quarantined. It is also re­le­vant whether the country of origin is classified as a high-risk or virus variant area. A daily updated list of in­ter­na­tio­nal risk areas can be found on the RKI website: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Corona­virus/Ri­si­ko­ge­biete_neu.html

In principle, proof of vaccination, recovery or testing must be provided when entering from any country. Those entering from a high-risk or virus variant area must register digitally in advance. One must also be tested and quarantined unless vaccinated with an EU-approved vaccine. Entry from virus variant areas is not possible except in a few exceptional cases.

The German Federal Ministry of Health has published a detailed FAQ list on the regulations: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/service/gesetze-und-verordnungen/guv-19-lp/coronaeinreisev/coronaeinreisev-en.html

If you are entering Germany from a high-risk or virus variant area , you must register on­line in advance. This can be done at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de. The confirmation is checked by the carrier and, if necessary, additionally by the federal police.

Anyone entering Germany requires a ne­ga­ti­ve test result, proof of vaccination or proof of convalescence - regardless of the country and route of entry. The proof of vaccination or convalescence must be available in one of the following languages: English, French, German, Italian or Spanish. The proof of vaccination is only valid if the vaccination was carried out with a vaccine approved in the EU from the list of the Paul Ehrlich In­sti­tute. The proof of convalescence is only valid for six months after the date of the positive PCR test. A ne­ga­ti­ve antigen test must not be older than 24 hours (entry from virus-variant-area) or 48 hours (entry from other areas); a ne­ga­ti­ve PCR test is valid for up to 72 hours.

For air travel, the proof is checked in advance; the federal police can additionally check the proof. For entry from risk areas, the proof must be uploaded during the di­gi­tal registration process: https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de

https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/co­ro­na­virus-infos-reisende/faq-tests-einreisende.html

If you are traveling from a country that is considered a high-risk or virus variant area in Germany, you will have to be quarantined for a few days after entering the country. You can view the daily updated list of high-risk areas at the Robert Koch In­sti­tute: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Corona­virus/Ri­si­ko­ge­biete_neu.html

The quarantine on entry from a high-risk area does not apply

if you can prove that you have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved in the EU or if you can show proof of recovery from infection. It is best to upload the proof at www.einreiseanmeldung.de before entering the country.

If you do not have such proof, then you will have to go into quarantine. You can end this early after five days with a ne­ga­ti­ve antigen test, otherwise it lasts ten days. Please regard this when planning your arrival in Germany.

Upon entry from a virus-variant area, all entrants - in­clu­ding vaccinated and recovered persons - must be quarantined for 14 days.

Since 9 July, non-immunized employees in North Rhine-Westphalia are required to submit ne­ga­ti­ve test certificates to their employer if, they have not worked on the premises of the workplace for at least five consecutive working days, for example due to vacation.
The ne­ga­ti­ve test certificate must be presented to the respective direct superior on the first day of work on campus. Supervisors have a look at the test evidence and then return it. The evidence does not have to be retained or documented. Any documentation previously prepared in this context will be destroyed. This regulation also applies to people who initially started in the home office after vacation.

Alternatively, those who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered and have no symptoms may present ap­prop­riate proof. The regulation does not apply if employees were not on site due to working from home or business trips.

Fact sheet from the ministry (in German)

A travel warning has been in effect for all coun­tries that the RKI, in coordination with the Federal Foreign Office, lists as a high-risk or virus variant area.

In some coun­tries there are still restrictions in in­ter­na­tio­nal air and travel traffic. World-wide states issued entry restrictions and limited the public life.

You can find up-to-date in­for­mation on these issues at IATA or at the Federal Foreign Office (in German).

In principle, business trips that are not absolutely necessary should be avoided. Unavoidable business trips may be undertaken if the AHA rules and hygiene regulations can be complied with at the destination and the trip cannot be replaced by an electronic form of com­mu­ni­cation (e.g. video con­fe­rence, etc.).

The decision on the compelling business necessity of the business trip is decentralized. The respective reasons for the decision of the applicants and superiors, which justify the compelling necessity of the business trip in terms of content and time, must be presented in the application in a comprehensible manner.

Mandatory business trips abroad are possible within the frame­work of the legal regulations on foreign travel, with the exception of trips to virus variant areas (see the RKI website). Please also refer to our further in­for­mation under "Travel".

The prerequisites for a business trip are basically that there are no entry restrictions from Germany to the respective country/area and that the return to Germany is also possible without entry restrictions and quarantine.

Bookings in connection with business trips should be made as shortly as possible before the start of the trip and with the most flexible conditions possible in order to minimize cancellation costs in the event of renewed restrictions.

Please carefully check the applicable regulations at the time of travel prior to the start of the business trip, as short-term restrictions may still apply. It is the res­pon­si­bi­li­ty of the person traveling to check this.

If you have any questions, please contact the head of the Human Re­sour­ces Department.

The Federal Ministry of the Interior provides in­for­mation about entry restrictions to Germany. Information about entry restrictions within the EU are offered by the European commission

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