Please note that the situation is very dynamic and that requirements and regulations can change daily. The steps described below will give you an overview of the current arrival procedure (as of 8 March 2021).
Please make sure to check for updates before you travel!
Please find detailed information on travelling to Germany from the German Ministry of Health here:
You might need to go into quarantine for ten days after entering Germany. Please find the current regulations here:
|How does the RKI categorise your home country / region?||Country list||Registration and quarantine requirements||When do you need to get tested for Covid-19?|
Risikogebiet (risk area)
|RKI Website||You must register your arrival and go into quarantine for 10 days after arrival. However, you can take a Covid-19 test after 5 days to shorten your quarantine if it returns a negative result.||Before you travel to Germany. See the alert below!|
|Hochinzidenzgebiet (high incidence area)||RKI Website||You must register your arrival and go into quarantine for 10 days after arrival. However, you can take a Covid-19 test after 5 days to shorten your quarantine if it returns a negative result.||Before you travel to Germany.|
|Virusvariantengebiet (area of variant of concern)||RKI Website||You must register your arrival and go into quarantine for 14 days. The length of the quarantine cannot be shortened.||Before you travel to Germany.|
|None of the above||No registration or quarantine required.||Before you travel to Germany. See the alert below!|
The German federal government has adjusted the rules of entry for travellers. From Tuesday, 30 March 2021, all travellers who arrive in Germany by means of an international flight, must present a recent negative Covid-19 laboratory test result before they are allowed to board their flight. The new rule is applies to travellers from all foreign countries and regions, regardless of the RKI risk category. Airlines are required to deny boarding to any passengers lacking a negative Covid-19 test from that time onwards.
If you have visited a ‘risk area’ (referred to as Risikogebiet in German) in the ten days before entering Germany, it is mandatory to go into quarantine immediately after arrival in Germany for a period of ten days. In addition, you have to do a mandatory digital entry registration. You can shorten the quarantine period by getting yourself tested for COVID-19 (must be a PCR test according to recognized quality standards) at the earliest five days after your arrival. Until you receive a negative test result, you have to go into home quarantine.
Risk areas: The Robert-Koch-Institut is Germany's Public Health Institute and determines which countries and regions are risk areas. Please download the list of risk areas on the RKI's website. You can also access the list on the RKI's web page (in German).
If you are entering from an area with a particularly high risk of a COVID-19 infection, you have to get tested before your departure, as you have to present a negative test result at the border control.
Areas with a particularly high risk are those regions affected by the spread of mutations of the virus (Virusvariantengebiete) or very high infection numbers (Hochinzidenzgebiete). You can find these areas on the website of the Robert Koch Institute, too (see 3.)
If you have visited an area with a widespread occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 virus variants (Virusvariantengebiet), it is mandatory to go into quarantine immediately after your arrival in Germany for a period of fourteen days. There is no possibility to shorten the quarantine! The countries, which are included, can be found on the website of the RKI.
If you have been to a risk area before travelling to Germany, you have to register with the local authorities via e-mail (for Passau: email@example.com) immediately upon arrival in Passau, regardless of whether you have already been tested or still have to get tested. In this e-mail, you must provide the following information:
Date of arrival in Passau
Reason for visit (e.g. exchange student, visiting professor)
Your full name
Your date of birth
Your address in Passau (or that of the quarantine hotel)
Your phone number (or email-address)
Once you have received your test result, send it to the responsible local authorities (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Even if you have not been in a risk area in the ten days before entering Germany, you can get tested, too. If you show symptoms of a COVID-19 infection (e.g. fever, newly occurring cough, loss of smell or taste and shortness of breath) it is highly recommended to get tested.
Please search online for information regarding testing e.g. on airports, in specific test centres and/or with your family doctor. Information in German can be found here on the Bavarian health ministry website.
The town of Passau has opened a test centre close to the university at the hospital (Klinikum Passau). To use it, you currently must make an appointment by phone (0049-851-396-875). Please mention that you are resident of Passau and a student of the University of Passau!
If you live in Austria and commute to Passau frequently, you need to get tested once a week. Please find further information on test centres etc. on this website: eterminservice.de/terminservice (only in German).
Once you are a resident in Bavaria, you can register for a Covid-19 vaccination if you wish. This will put you on the waiting list for receiving the vaccine, and is particularly relevant for you if you belong to a group with increased or high risk of becoming seriously ill if you catch Covid.
The following video (which is also available on YouTube) shows you how to register for the waiting list:
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If you have any further questions, e.g. whether you need to quarantine yourself or need further information on how to best deal with the situation, please contact: email@example.com (subject line: Coronavirus).