Entry requirements for returning travellers
The English version is for information only. For a legally binding version, please refer to the German text.
Quarantine regulations for travellers
Anyone entering Hesse from a risk area or a high-risk area must immediately go into a ten-day quarantine.
It is possible to take a test to end the quarantine at the earliest on the fifth day after entry from risk areas or high incidence areas with a negative test result for infection with SARS-CoV-2. This does not apply to persons entering from areas of variant of concern.
In case of a positive rapid antigen test or self-test, the test person is obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the Corona Quarantine Ordinance of the state of Hesse until the result of the PCR test is available. A positive PCR test requires domestic quarantine.
The only exceptions are for persons who professionally transport goods or persons across borders or who are urgently required for the maintenance of public health and who have been there for less than 72 hours. Even a coronavirus vaccination or a previous illness does not exempt from the quarantine obligation.
All quarantine rules for risk areas and high-risk areas (high incidence areas or areas of variant of concern) are listed in the Übersicht Einreise und Quarantäne (Stand: 05.03.2021) (pdf , 635KB)Download Link provided by the State of Hesse (German only).
Since 30 March 2021, all persons wishing to enter Germany by plane are obliged to be tested before departure and to present the negative COVID‑19 test result. Persons under the age of six are exempt from the testing obligation.
Travellers intending to enter Germany from a risk area or high-risk area must register electronically at www.einreiseanmeldung.deExternal Link up to ten days prior to their entry to Germany. If the registration is not possible electronically, travellers have to fill out a Substitute registration for returning travellers (pdf , 230KB)Download Link (Aussteigekarte) on paper and hand it over to the carrier or the border authority.
A current list of the risk areas and high-risk areas as determined by the Robert Koch Institute can be accessed here: RKI.de: risk areasExternal Link
A factsheet and information on digital entry registration are available in the download section on the website of the Federal Ministry of HealthExternal Link (in multiple languages).
Further information on travel restrictions and border controls can be found on the pages of the Federal Police bmi.bund.deExternal Link
Since 1 March 2021, travellers will be informed by their mobile service providers via text message about the immigration and infection control measures in place in Germany in relation to SARS CoV-2.
For more information, please visit:
Hessen.de: Ordinances and general rulingsExternal Link
Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations_EN (pdf , 759KB)Download Link
Hessen.de: Quarantine regulations and corona tests for entering travellers (German only)External Link
Bundesregierung: New rules for travellers arriving from high-risk areas outside GermanyExternal Link
Frankfurt-airport.com: FAQ coronavirus (German only)External Link
Hessen.de: Information in foreign languages for travellers from risk areasExternal Link
Hessen.de Exceptions to quarantine regulations (German only)External Link