What are the quarantine requirements after traveling outside of Germany?

Last reviewed on April 20, 2021

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 policy 0ngoing. Rely on official sources to ensure compliance.

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

Fully vaccinated individuals are not subject to Restriction of Movement following travel. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated if 14 days have passed following receipt of the second dose of either Moderna or BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine, or the only dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.

Travelers from areas of variant concern must complete digital registration (www.einreiseanmeldung.de) and carry a negative COVID-19 test unless explicitly exempted. When arriving in Germany, travelers must quarantine for 8 days. Test on day 6 or later with release based on a negative test (no earlier than day 7).

Travelers from high incidence areas and risk areas must complete digital registration, unless explicitly exempted. They must carry a negative COVID-19 test form within 48 hours before arrival or test within 48 hours of arrival. They enter quarantine for 8 days on arrival in the Stuttgart community, test on day 6 or later with release based on a negative test (no earlier than day 7). This is contingent upon all tests being negative and the traveler remaining asymptomatic. Return to work or school is in accordance with unit or school COVID-19 policy.

Travelers from non-risk areas, who are not arriving for a Permanent Change of Station (PCS), are subject to restrictions or testing if imposed by the host nation. Otherwise, travelers with self-monitor and present for testing should symptoms develop.

If your travel plans necessitate testing 48 hours prior to departure, this will satisfy day of arrival testing as long as it is a PCR test (not antigen). Check with the airline and understand how layovers or multi-destination travel may impact individual testing requirements.

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-day quarantine.

Source: COVID-19 Guidelines for the Stuttgart Military Community

Further information on current requirements for entry to Germany during the COVID-19 pandemic