From June 1st, 2022, entering the Federal Republic of Germany will be less complicated. Corona immunization certificates or Corona tests are not needed anymore. There are exceptions, but only in theory.
Berlin, May 31st, 2022 (The Berlin Spectator) — Germany’s Coronavirus infection numbers are still high. According to the Robert Koch Institute, 61,889 new cases were registered since yesterday, and these are only the infections confirmed in PCR tests. But, all in all, the Corona numbers have been decreasing for weeks. This development will likely continue, at least during the warm season, which is why life in Germany is less complicated now.
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‘Virus Variant Areas’
The direction the infection numbers are taking also have implications for Germany’s regulations for travelers who enter the country. From tomorrow, June 1st, 2022, they will not be required to have Corona vaccination certificates anymore. Nor will they need proof of recovery from COVID-19 or Corona test results. Entering the Federal Republic of Germany will be as easy as it was before the Coronavirus hit in early 2020.
For persons who enter Germany from a ‘Virus Variant Area’, and those who have recently been to one, things are different. In these cases, vaccination certificates need to be presented at the border. Now, all vaccines recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), including Sinova, Sinopharm, Coronavac or Covaxin will be accepted along with all vaccines approved by the European and Germany authorities.
Rules for Airline Passengers
But, at this stage, those exceptions do not matter at all. That is because there are no ‘Virus Variant Areas’ right now. This label is for countries that report new Coronavirus variants the spread of which is supposed to be prevented or slowed down. Right now, no known variants seem to be spreading in any country in the world, at least no alarming ones. According to the federal government in Berlin, the rules for ‘Virus Variant Areas’ are being kept anyway. That way, Germany can react quickly in case a new Corona mutation pops up.
All of this means that travelers can forget about Corona for a while, unless they come in by plane. Airline passengers who fly to Germany, or who take off from any German airport to any destination, still have to wear masks during the entire flight, even though the European Union recommends an easing of the mandatory mask rule on aircraft. This applies on both international and domestic flights.
Masks on Public Transport
The mask rule does not only apply on planes, but in public transport in general, including on trains, buses, trams and ferries. Depending in the Corona infection numbers, Germany might throw the compulsory mask rule overboard at some point. The Federal Republic is not the only country in Europe that still requires masks on aircraft.