1. Processing of visa applications
Due to the development of the pandemic in the UAE, visa applications can currently only be accepted in urgent exceptional cases. As soon as this situation changes, an announcement will be made on the website of the UAE.
Visas can currently only be issued in the specific exceptional cases listed below:
- Applications complying with the exceptions to the entry restrictions (pursuant to the notification from the European Commission of 16 March 2020 – 155 final):
- healthcare professionals and health researchers, care professionals
- cross-border workers, transport personnel employed in the movement of goods and other essential sectors (e.g. air crews)
- diplomats, staff of international organisations, military personnel, humanitarian aid workers insofar as they are performing official duties
- passengers in transit (including those being repatriated to their homeland with consular assistance)
- passengers travelling for imperative family reasons
- persons in need of international protection or travelling for other humanitarian reasons
- Applications for family reunification
- Applications from skilled workers from the following categories:
- skilled workers with a concrete job offer as defined by the Skilled Immigration Act and as evidenced by the Declaration regarding a contract of employment (Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis)
- secondments and in-company transfers (ICT) restricted to managers and specialists
- IT experts
- employment in particular public interest
This also includes C visas for urgent business trips on condition that the applicant can provide sufficient evidence (e.g. verification from their employer) that it is absolutely essential for them to enter Germany even taking the pandemic situation into account.
A prerequisite in each case is proof of an obligation to be present in Germany (e.g. employment contract) and prima facie evidence that employment is necessary from an economic perspective and that the work cannot be postponed or carried out from abroad (presentation of verification from the employer/contractor). Economic necessity refers to economic relations and/or Germany’s economy or that of the single market. Relevant documentation must be carried and presented to border control personnel.
- Students whose studies cannot be performed entirely from outside Germany. This exemption applies to all those who have a notification of admission (even if preceded by a language course or an internship). It does not, however, apply to University applicants and those who wish to travel to Germany for a language course and then look around for a course of study (isolated language course). C visas for students are still not permissible. Evidence of an obligation to be present in Germany is necessary in the form of verification from the university (e.g. via email); documents must also be presented to border control personnel.
2. Restrictions on entry to Germany
From 8 November 2020 all travellers to Germany have to register online prior to their entry on the website www.einreiseanmeldung.de , if they have stayed in a risk area within the last 10 days prior to their entry to Germany. Also they must be able to present proof of this registration when entering Germany.
If, in exceptional cases, a registration is not possible through the website mentioned above, travellers must instead fill in a substitute registration.
For Germany, travel restrictions apply for entry from a large number of countries. These are issued by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community. Please check with the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI) prior to your trip to find out what regulations apply specifically with regard to the country from which you plan to enter Germany.
In principle, entry is possible from:
- EU member states
- states associated with Schengen: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
- the United Kingdom
- Other countries, from which entry is possible due to the epidemiological situation assessment by the EU.
3. Quarantine regulations for entry to Germany
In Germany, the individual Länder are responsible for quarantine regulations. After coordination with the Länder and the Federal Government, the cabinet took note of a new specimen regulation. The Länder have issued their own regulations based on this specimen by 8 November 2020.
Because the new specimen regulation contains significant changes, we ask that prior to entering a Land you read the regulations on quarantine and testing carefully that apply to your specific destination. By entering the post code of your destination you can find the contact information of your competent local health office using the following Website: https://tools.rki.de/PLZTool/en-GB
Quarantine regulations as of 8 November 2020
Under the current specimen regulation, the following applies:
Upon entry into Germany following a stay in a risk area within the last 10 days
- you must register through the Website www.einreiseanmeldung.de before entering Germany and carry proof of your registration,
- proceed directly to your destination following entry into Germany and
- self-isolate at home for 10 days (quarantine)
The obligation to self-isolate at home does not apply in the case of transit through Germany. In this case, however, you are obliged to leave Germany immediately. The specific regulations of the Länder apply.
Exception: negative test result after 5 days
Depending on the regulations of the Länder, the quarantine may end after 5 days if a test for Coronavirus carried out on the fifth day after entry to Germany or later is negative.
How to conduct yourself when in Germany?
Mouth and nose must be covered aboard any public Transport, in stores and busy outdoor places, where the minimum distance to others cannot be kept at all times.
If travellers develop symptoms associated with COVID-19 (coughing, a runny nose, sore throat or fever) they should get in touch by phone with a doctor or contact the hotline 116 117. Often travel guides or hotels can also help in such cases. Travellers should keep the contact details of their home country’s embassy or consulate in Germany in case they need to contact them.
Information by the Federal Ministry of Health in english can be found here.
Extensive information in English and other languages on current regulations is available here.
A short overview on what to do to help protect yourself and others is available here:
Watch out for local regulations
Measures for fighting the spread of COVID-19 are subject to local regulation. This may include quarantine measures in the case of a confirmed infection.
The international advice on reducing the spread of COVID-19 should be followed. This includes washing hands regularly and thoroughly with soap for 20-30 seconds, sneezing into the elbow or the quick disposal of handkerchieves or tissues, keeping a distance from other people and avoiding shaking hands. Further information and details can be found on the World Health Organization’s Website.
Where possible, travel should be reduced and public transport avoided to further reduce the risk of infection.
Where to find more information
More information is available from the following institutions: