Entry requirements for returning travellers

Entry requirements for returning travellers

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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).


Important notice:
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

Where and when do travellers returning from abroad to the state of Hesse have to be tested?

The Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (“Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Hessen”) has compiled a list of test centres in HesseExternal Link.

Travellers arriving from risk areas and high-risk areas (high incidence areas or areas of variant of concern) and have stayed there for up to ten days before entering Germany are obliged to have themselves tested immediately. When entering Germany via Frankfurt Airport, this can be done at the airport (see selection of test centres) by presenting the boarding pass. Please keep the proof of your entry registration on hand.

- Travellers entering from an area classified as a risk area are obliged to undergo a test for an infection with SARS-CoV-2 immediately, but no later than 48 hours after entry. The test may be taken no earlier than 48 hours before entry.

- Travellers from a high-risk area (high incidence areas or areas of variant of concern) must be tested prior to entry (not earlier than 48 hours before departure) and must present proof of testing or a corresponding medical certificate before departure. If this cannot be provided, carriers may perform testing prior to departure.

- Travellers entering from areas of variant of concern who are tested by the carrier because they cannot provide their own proof of testing must take this test no more than 12 hours before departure.

- Travellers from non-risk areas can get tested at their own expense at the CENTOGENE test centre.


Important note on risk areas and high risk areas: The Local Health Authority can ask you to submit the negative test result within ten days of entry.


Last updated on 23 March 2021

What do I do if my PCR test turns out positive e.g. at the Frankfurt Airport?

Returning travellers with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection based on a positive PCR test are obliged to enter a 14-day quarantine immediately after taking the respective test.

During this period, you are not allowed to receive visitors from persons who do not belong to your household. Domestic quarantine applies to all persons living in this household. Persons who are in quarantine because they live in a household with persons who have tested positive are only allowed to leave the apartment temporarily to make essential purchases of daily needs. A quarantine obligation does not apply to persons who have tested positive for the coronavirus by a PCR test within the last three months and the required period of isolation due to this infection has passed.

Returning travellers with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection based on a rapid antigen test or self-test must immediately undergo a PCR test. The quarantine obligation is suspended for the duration necessary to perform a test. The isolation ends if you get a negative PCR test result. If a PCR test confirms the already detected infection, the duration of the quarantine will not be extended.

The positive test result is forwarded by the laboratory to the responsible local health authority (Gesundheitsamt), which then contacts the person affected. Important note: If the Frankfurt local health authority (Gesundheitsamt) does not contact you within three working days after you have been notified of the positive test result, please contact the local health authority independently by calling 069 212 77400 or using the coronavirus contact formExternal Link.

Additional information for employees:
If the employee is unable to work due to the infection, then the employer must be informed in a sick note – as usual without mentioning the diagnosis. If, however, the person tested positive is not ill in the sense of being unable to work, i.e. without symptoms, then the administrative directive "Anordnung der Absonderung” (Order of Isolation) must be submitted to the employer. This is particularly important in connection with the possibility to claim compensation for loss of earnings. The authority responsible for this is the Darmstadt Regional Council: Infektionsschutzgesetz (IFSG) EntschädigungenExternal Link (German only).


For more information, please visit Recommended behaviourInternal Link (German only).


Last updated on 23 March 2021

Do contact persons of travellers who have tested positive for the coronavirus also have to quarantine?

Yes, home quarantine applies for 14 days, starting from the last day of contact with a person tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. This applies to all household members and those who have had close unprotected contact for at least 15 minutes. Home quarantine may be shortened to ten days if a negative SARS-CoV-2 test (antigen test or PCR test) can be presented; the test may be performed on the tenth day of quarantine at the earliest. If necessary, isolation can take place in another facility after considering the options and following a risk assessment by the local health authority.

Last updated on 23 March 2021

For more information, please visit: RKI.de: Contact tracing for SARS-CoV-2 infectionsInternal Link

Testcenter (Auswahl)

CENTOGENE Testcenter

CENTOGENE Frankfurt Flughafen
Tel.: 0381/80 11 37 00

Internet: Centogene Frankfurt FlughafenExternal Link


CENTOGENE Shopping Center MyZeil Frankfurt
Zeil 106
60313 Frankfurt am Main
Tel.: 0381/80 11 37 00

Internet: Centogene MyZeilExternal Link


Medical Center (Frankfurt Flughafen)

Fraport Medical Center
Gebäude 226, Terminal 1, Bereich A, Ankunftsebene

Internet: Medical Center: TestsExternal Link

ASB Corona-Testcenter

ASB Testcenter City
An der Hauptwache 1
60313 Frankfurt
Tel.: 069/31 40 72 76

ASB Testcenter West
Silostraße 23
65929 Frankfurt
Tel.: 069/31 40 72 76

ASB Testcenter Ost
Borsigallee 14
60388 Frankfurt
Tel.: 069/31 40 72 76


Internet: ASB Frankfurt TestcenterExternal Link

Kassenärtzliche Vereinigung Hessen: Uniklinik und Messe

Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Hessen

Testcenter Uniklinik Frankfurt
Sandhofstraße/Ecke Sandhöfer Allee 
Gebäude Nr. 65 
60528 Frankfurt am Main
Tel.: 116 117

Drive-in-Testcenter Messe
Straße der Nationen
60486 Frankfurt am Main
Tel.: 116 117


Internet: KVHessen.deExternal Link

DRK: Antikörper-Testcenter

Antikörper-Testcenter „Seilerstraße“
Deutsches Rotes Kreuz
Seilerstr. 23
60313 Frankfurt am Main
Tel.: 069/71 91 91 0

Internet: Deutsches Rotes Kreuz: TestcenterExternal Link 

MVZ Medical Care

MVZ Medical Care GmbH

Mainzer Landstraße 265
60326 Frankfurt am Main
Tel.: 069/999 999 125

Eschersheimer Landstraße 248
60320 Frankfurt a. M.
Tel.: 069/999 999 125

Große Marktstraße 8-10
63065 Offenbach am Main
Tel.: 069/999 999 122

Frankfurter Straße 3-5
63065 Offenbach am Main
Tel.: 069/999 999 122


Internet: MVZ Medical CareExternal Link