What are the quarantine requirements after traveling outside of Germany?

This page was last reviewed on November 25, 2020

The German federal and state governments have asked for citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to and from areas with high numbers of infections, including domestic travel. Please note – Germany’s current COVID situation is dynamic, with updates and changes to the Nov 2nd Corona Ordinance ongoing.

Returning to Stuttgart from an area designated as high risk requires testing and quarantine per German and garrison requirements.

The European Union is not currently permitting U.S. citizens without European residency or SOFA status to enter for “non-essential” purposes, including tourist travel.

If you’re entering Germany from another country and have visited a high-risk area in the last 10 days, then Germany requires a 10-day quarantine and the U.S. Military Garrison community requires a 14-day quarantine.

You need to complete the Digital Registration on Entry so that the local health authority can check whether you’re staying in quarantine. Your travel and contact details will be passed on to the local health authority at the place where you’ll be staying so you can be contacted there. Germany’s Digital Registration on Entry www.einreiseanmeldung.de.

Authorized or special exception travelers should travel with the following supporting documentation and others according to the situation:

-military orders (active duty) / proof of SOFA status (family members)
-marriage license (as needed)
-SOFA-containing passport
-military ID card
-proof of accommodation during 10/14-day quarantine

If a test is done at the arrival airport, it can be considered the first test and that individual can immediately quarantine. If testing at the Health Clinic on Patch Barracks, the first test should take place within 24 hrs of arrival. Test 5-7 days later. Following second test, continue with 14-day quarantine.

Quarantine starts on the day of exposure or the day a person returns from travel. Do not wait to start quarantine until after being tested, if for some reason a same-day test is not possible. For example, if someone landed or was exposed on Wednesday, November 11th, then their quarantine lasts until Tuesday, Nov 24th. They are released from quarantine on Wednesday, the 25th.

Source: USAG Stuttgart Town Hall Nov 24, 2020;
Further information on current requirements for entry to Germany during the COVID-19 pandemic and who is not required to stay in quarantine is available on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.