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Travel to Germany under COVID-19 restrictions from Zambia

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Free corona tests at German airports., © dpa / Sven Simon

20.09.2021 - Article

With effect from 19 September 2021 Zambia is no longer listed as high risk area.
However, some restrictions still exist when travelling.

With effect from 19 September 2021 Zambia is no longer listed as high risk area.
However, some restrictions still exist when travelling.

Travel to Germany

With effect from 19 September 2021 the Federal Republic of Germany no longer lists Zambia as country with a significantly elevated risk of infection ().

Nevertheless, EU-wide travel restrictions remain in place when entering Germany from Zambia.

Who is exempted from the entry restrictions?

  • German citizens or members of their immediate family (spouses, children under 18, parents of children under 18)
  • EU citizens and citizens of Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland and the members of their immediate family (spouses, children under 18, parents of children under 18)
  • citizens of non-EU countries who have a current long-term residence permit from an EU or Schengen country and their immediate family members, as long as they comply with passport and visa regulations
  • fully vaccinated people (please see “What rules apply for fully vaccinated people?”) as long as they comply with passport and visa regulations. Please find a list of recognized vaccines here.
  • people with important reasons to travel -as long as they comply with passport and visa regulations-, such as:
  • residents of a country who are allowed unrestricted entry into Germany (please see the list of countries here)


Visa applications

What does the new listing of Zambia as high risk areas mean for visa applicants?

Long-term (National) Visas

Applications for long-term-visas can be processed and visas be issued for certain purposes. Please see Section IV: Restrictions applying to air and sea travel outside of Europe (entering Germany from countries that do not belong to the European Union) on the website of the for comprehensive information regarding these purposes.
If you intend to file an application for a long-term visa for one of the purposes under which third-country-nationals may currently enter Germany, the application process is the same as under non-Covid-regulations. You may find more on this topic here: 

Short-term (Schengen) Visas

Applicants for short-term-visas who are not fully vaccinated must file their visa applications with additional documents supporting their claim for an urgent need for travel. Comprehensive Information on which documents can serve as proof in this respect can be found .

Apart from the additional documents to be submitted, the visa application process is the same as under non-Covid-regulations. You may find more on this topic here: 

Digital entry registration

Travellers who have visited a high-risk area or area of variant of concern in the last ten days must register at www.einreiseanmeldung.de before arriving in Germany and carry proof of registration with them upon entry. Exemptions to this registration requirement apply in particular to persons who

  • have only passed through a high-risk area or area of variant of concern without a stopover,
  • are only passing through Germany, or
  • in the case of border traffic: persons who have spent less than 24 hours in a high-risk area oder area of variant of concern or are only entering Germany for a period of up to 24 hours.

Additionally, persons entering Germany following a stay in a high-risk area (but not an area of variant of concern) are exempt from this requirement for stays of less than 72 hours to visit close relatives (parents, children), spouses and partners who do not belong to the same household, or for the purpose of shared custody.

If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to complete a digital entry registration, travellers must instead fill out a substitute registration on paper.

Travellers can find more information in the following fact sheet (also available in other languages) as well as on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

Mandatory testing or proof of immunity for persons who have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 

Upon entering Germany, travellers aged twelve years or older must hold proof of the following:

  • Entry from an area of variant of concern: negative COVID-19 test result.Pproof of a full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of recovery from an infection is not sufficient.
  • Entry from any other Country or area: a negative COVID-19 test result, proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of recovery from an infection.

This proof must be held prior to entering the country, and must be presented to the airline before departure where applicable.

Exemptions from requirement of testing or providing proof of immunity

Exemptions apply for

  • persons, who only change flights at an airport
  • Transport personnel
  • In the case of border traffic the following persons who have spent less than 24 hours
  • in a high-risk area oder area of variant of concern

In the case of border traffic for stays of up 24 hours, the requirement only applies for entries from high-risk areas of areas of variant of concern or who enter Germany via air travel. In these cases a negative test result only needs to be presented twice per week.

The proof must be presented to the relevant authorities upon request up to ten days after entry. More information on mandatory testing and proof of immunity is available on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health and this information leaflet.

Requirements for tests and proof of vaccination or recovery

Information on proof of immunity is available on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

In principle, the following forms of proof are accepted:

  • Proof of a negative test result:

A negative test result obtained using nucleic acid amplification technology (e.g. PCR, PoC- PCR) in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish. The test must have been carried out no more than 72 hours prior to entry (time of swabbing).

Alternatively, a negative antigen rapid test result in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish. Following a stay in a high-risk area, the test must have been carried out no more than 48 hours prior to entry. Following a stay in an area of variant of concern, the test must have been carried out no more than 24 hours prior to entry.

Details on the recognition of tests are provided on the website of the Robert Koch Institute. 

  • Proof of vaccination:

Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish in digital or paper form (e.g. EU Digital COVID certificate; WHO vaccination booklet). The vaccine used must be one of those listed on the website of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut. A period of at least 14 days must have elapsed since receiving the last vaccine dose. For persons who recovered from an infection (see below) one dose of the vaccine is sufficient and the 14-day waiting period does not apply.

  • Proof of recovery:

A positive PCR test result carried out at least 28 days but no more than six months previously.

Quarantine regulations

A requirement to self-isolate is in place in Germany pursuant to the Federal Ministry of Health’s Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations of 30 July 2021.

Under the new Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations, persons entering Germany following a stay in a high-risk area or area of variant of concern in the last ten days must

  • proceed directly to their destination following entry and
  • self-isolate there (quarantine). After a stay in a high-risk area travellers must self-isolate for 10 days, after a stay in an area of variant of concern for 14 days.

During this quarantine, travellers may not leave the house or flat or receive guests.

Exemptions from the requirement to quarantine:

Exemptions from the requirement to quarantine apply to persons who:

  • have merely passed through a high-risk area (not an area of variant of concern) without a stopover,
  • are only passing through Germany and leaving the country via the fastest route available, or
  • in the case of border traffic from high-risk areas (but not Areas of variant of concern): persons who have spent less than 24 hours in a risk area or are only entering Germany for a period of up to 24 Hours.

In addition, for high-risk areas (but not areas of variant of concern) the following applies:

The requirement to quarantine applies to arrivals from high-risk areas until proof of full vaccination, recovery from an infection or a negative test result is submitted via the entry portal of the Federal Republic of Germany (www.einreiseanmeldung.de).

The quarantine period may be ended on the basis of a negative test carried out no earlier than five days after entry. For persons who have been vaccinated or recovered from an infection and arrive from a high-risk area, mandatory quarantine ends immediately after submitting proof of vaccination or proof of recovery.

For children under the age of twelve quarantine ends automatically after 5 instead of 10 days.

For areas of variant of concern the following applies:

Quarantine period cannot be shortened. However, if the area of departure is reclassified as a high-Risk area during the quarantine, the regulations for high-risk areas apply. In this case the quarantin may end early as explained above.

More information is available on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health and this Information leaflet.

How to conduct yourself when in Germany?

Mouth and nose must be covered aboard any public transport, in stores and busy outdoor places, where the minimum distance to others cannot be kept at all times. Masks must fulfill the requirements of FFP2 or KN95/N95.

If travellers develop symptoms associated with COVID-19 (coughing, a runny nose, sore throat or fever) they should get in touch by phone with a doctor or contact the hotline 116 117. Often travel guides or hotels can also help in such cases. Travellers should keep the contact details of their home country’s embassy or consulate in Germany in case they need to contact them.

Information by the Federal Ministry of Health in english can be found here.

Extensive information in English and other languages on current regulations is available here.

A overview on what to do to help protect yourself and others is available here:

Coronavirus – Informationen and practical advice.

Watch out for local regulations

Measures for fighting the spread of COVID-19 are subject to local regulation. This may include quarantine measures in the case of a confirmed infection.

The international advice on reducing the spread of COVID-19 should be followed. This includes washing hands regularly and thoroughly with soap for 20-30 seconds, sneezing into the elbow or the quick disposal of handkerchieves or tissues, keeping a distance from other people and avoiding shaking hands. Further information and details can be found on the World Health Organization’s Website.

Where possible, travel should be reduced and public transport avoided to further reduce the risk of infection.

Where to find more information

More information is available from the following institutions:

Information on coronavirus and regulations in English and other languages

Ministry of the Interior

Ministry of Health

Ministry of Transport

The World Health Organization

Robert Koch Institute

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