Germany set to open borders to vaccinated non-EU nationals

Germany will reopen its borders later this month to non-EU nationals who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, the government announced Thursday.

Germany set to open borders to vaccinated non-EU nationals
Travellers ta Frankfurt Airport in early June. Photo: dpa | Boris Roessler

Beginning on June 25, non-EU nationals may enter Germany for whatever reason, such as tourism or studying in a university, the interior ministry said.

Currently, only those with exceptional reasons are allowed into the country.

But travellers will have to have been completely vaccinated at least 14 days prior to their arrival with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency.

Non-EU nationals travelling from countries on the government’s white list do not need to have a vaccine to enter the country. There are currently seven states on the list including Australia, Japan and Israel. As of June 20th a further eight countries will be added to the list – most prominently the US.

Travellers from countries listed by the Robert Koch Institute as virus variant areas will not be able to enjoy the new rules though.


“The provisions of the Coronavirus Entry Regulations, including the ban on travel from virus variant areas, continue to apply without restriction,” the interior ministry states.

Countries including the Brazil, the UK and India are currently on the list of virus variant areas. Travellers entering from those countries must go into quarantine for 14 days and cannot end their self-isolation early via a negative test.

For a full list of countries listed as areas of variant concern see HERE

Germany has seen a sharp drop in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks.

Member comments

  1. When I read the BMI’s website, the USA has been added to the list for “unrestricted” access to Germany, which means they don’t have to be vaccinated, but need to show a test if not, or proof of recovery effective June 20. The June 25 condition was for other non-EU countries not on the “safe list” and they were required to be vaccinated. It is a little confusing no doubt and I hope Germany clarifies it with the media and the airlines.

    1. The title/headline is misleading, because people that are not vaccinated, but can present a negative test result if they’re not coming a risk area outside of the EU will also be allowed to travel to Germany. The USA is good example of this, as it is going to be put on the “white list” of countries, meaning not a risk country.

  2. Ha, the article has been updated since I read it last, yes, my comment is from the older version…sorry.

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Could sleeper trains offer Germans cheap, low-carbon travel across Europe?

Several political parties in Germany have said they want to bring back sleeper trains in order to meet carbon emissions targets.

Could sleeper trains offer Germans cheap, low-carbon travel across Europe?
A sleeper train in Austria. Photo: dpa/APA | Georg Hochmuth

The Green party have said that they want to put state subsidies into night trains that will connect Germany with cities as far flung as St Petersburg in the north and Lisbon in the south.

According to the environmentalist party’s plans, 40 night rail lines could connect 200 destinations across the continent including islands like Mallorca, which would be linked in by train and ferry.

The Greens want the EU to buy a fleet of sleeper trains that could travel at speeds of between 200 km/h and 250 km/h.

The CDU have also announced plans to rebuild the country’s sleeper train services.

Deutsche Bahn stopped its last sleeper service in 2016 citing the high costs involved in maintaining its fleet that was not recuperated through ticket sales.

Earlier this year the state owned company said it had “no plans” to purchase new sleeper wagons.