Baden-Württemberg drops most COVID rules; masks still required on transit and at specific locations

The flag of Baden-Württemberg flies above Villa Reitzenstein, the official seat of the state premier, in Stuttgart. Photo by Bardia Khajenoori, USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs.

USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

This information is provided as a courtesy to the Stuttgart military community, focusing on the most relevant aspects of the statewide Corona Ordinance to our community, and is not authoritative. For official details (in German), see the CoronaVO page on the state government website.

The conditions described on this page are applicable only in Baden-Württemberg and may not be the same in other German federal states or neighboring countries.

Effective Sunday, Apr. 3, 2022, most existing COVID-19 regulations relating to access controls (2G, 3G, etc.) and mask mandates were dropped in the state of Baden-Württemberg. Some exceptions apply, including a requirement to isolate after a confirmed positive test — details are below.


Mask requirements

Effective Apr. 3, masks will no longer be legally required in most indoor or outdoor spaces, with the exception of public transportation, medical facilities (including doctor/dentist offices and hospitals), nursing homes, and homeless shelters.

Some businesses may choose to continue requiring customers to wear masks to enter or receive service.

Where masks remain legally required, a surgical mask is sufficient, although FFP2/N95/KN95-equivalent masks are recommended for extra protection. Children under 6 years of age are not required to wear a mask.

Although a legal mask mandate will not apply, individuals may choose to continue wearing face coverings if they prefer to do so.


Access Controls (2G/3G/etc.) and testing obligations

Previous rules which limited access to various areas of public life based on vaccination, recovery, or negative-tested status (i.e., showing a QR code) will no longer apply.

Existing testing obligations will remain in off-post daycare centers, schools, hospitals, and elder care facilities, as well as several other types of facilities not typically applicable to military community members (such as correctional institutions and refugee housing).


COVID Testing

The German Federal Ministry of Health has announced that free rapid tests will be extended until the end of June 2022.

On-post testing at the Health Clinic on Patch Barracks is available by appointment only.


International Travel

At this time, anyone twelve years of age or older is still required to carry proof of vaccination, recovery, or tested (negative PCR or antigen not older than 48 hours) status when entering Germany from another country.

Details on current requirements to enter the country are available from the German foreign ministry and U.S. Embassy websites.

Rules for entering other countries vary. The European Union summarizes the requirements for EU countries at https://reopen.europa.eu/.


Testing Positive

Requirements to isolate following a positive COVID-19 test continue to apply. Effective May 3, persons in Baden-Württemberg who test positive for COVID-19, using either a rapid antigen test or a PCR test, are required to enter isolation. Their isolation ends after five days if they have been symptom-free for 48 hours, but in any case, after ten days. A negative test is not required to leave isolation after this period unless the person works in the medical field.

Rules for those living and remaining on-post can be found here.


EU Digital COVID Certificate

Your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record can be turned into a digital certification of full vaccination valid across Germany and the EU.

Click here for details.