Germany added the Czech Republic on the list of high-risk countries with a mutating virus effective 14 February 2021. This further tightens the rules of travel for Czech Republic citizens on their way to and through the Federal Republic of Germany. With a very narrow range of exceptions, passengers from the Czech Republic will be subject to a mandatory quarantine after their arrival in Germany.
Currently, every passenger arriving in Germany or travelling via Germany from a risk-labelled country with a mutating virus (as of now, incl. the Czech Republic) must register online at www.einreiseanmeldung.de and submit a negative test result before entering Germany (PCR or antigen), drafted in German or English and not older than 48 hours from sampling at the time of entering the German territory. The measure applies even if the passenger is to spend in Germany a very short period of time (e. g. only an hour).
Passengers in transit via Germany are also obliged to register online, have a proof of successful registration on their person alongside a negative COVID-19 test result.
People travelling to Germany are exempted from a mandatory quarantine only in a few limited cases. Exempt from a quarantine are:
- Travellers coming to Germany for work purposes to transport cargo and goods across the border by road, rail or air (in the case of a stay in Germany of less than 72 hours and subject to adherence to protection and hygiene measures).
- Commuters working in the field of healthcare and nursing services (subject to the quarantine regulations of the respective federal state).
- In individual cases, the locally competent authority may decide to waive the quarantine obligation.
Other passengers are subject to quarantine measures applied by the Land of their final destination.
All passengers are subject to a 10-day or 14-day mandatory quarantine (pursuant to the current legislation of the respective federal state); quarantine measures are regulated by each federal state individually.
According to the information published on the website of the Federal Ministry of Interior, Germany considers the following to be serious reasons for travelling to its territory (primarily, but not limited to):
- The traveller holds a residence permit issued by Germany.
- The traveller is a German citizen or an immediate German family member.
- The journey is performed for humanitarian reasons (funeral of the next of kin, the presence of the father at the birth of his own child, a journey of close relatives who are to care for a minor child during a short-term absence of a legal guardian), resp. in humanitarian cases involving a threat to health and life.
- The person works in the transport (road, rail, air or sea) of goods market segment.
- The person works in the field of healthcare and social care (nursing services).
- The journey is performed to undergo a medical procedure the postponement of which would result in health complications (in this case, the person concerned and one close person as an escort may travel together).
Additional information is available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, under the Germany section.