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Information on visa applications, entry to Germany and quarantine regulations

20.07.2020 - Article

Here you can find information on visa applications, entry to Germany and quarantine regulations.

Entry registration and quarantine regulations:

Detailed information about entry registration and quarantine regulations for people arriving in Germany from a risk area can be found (in English only).

 

New measures to combat COVID-19:

According to the decision taken by the Federal and Länder Governments, from 2 November hotels and other accommodation providers may only provide overnight accommodation to people whose travel is essential. It is no longer permitted to provide overnight accommodation for tourism purposes. Visas for tourism purposes will thus only be issued in exceptional cases. The Länder are responsible for implementing this decision. Whether a specific journey is possible thus depends on the rules of the Land to which you wish to travel.  More information for potential travellers can be found (in German only).


1. Processing of visa applications


Due to the development of the pandemic in Qatar, visa applications can currently only be accepted in urgent exceptional cases (kindly refer to the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community). As soon as this situation changes, an announcement will be made on the website of the Embassy.

 In cases where exceptions apply which allow entry to Germany, travellers can contact theEmbassy via the contact form . You can find a list of these exceptions further down under the heading Urgent need.


2. Simplified procedure for new visas

I. National visa (for long stays; D visa)

The entry restrictions may mean that you are not able to use a national visa issued by the Embassy in Doha prior to the entry into force of the entry restrictions on 17 March 2020 during its period of validity.

As soon as travel is possible again, a new national visa can therefore be issued as part of the simplified procedure upon application. This fast‑track procedure will be available if your date of travel has changed, but the purpose of your stay and destination remain unaltered.

An informal application for a new visa under the simplified procedure can still be made up to and including 10 September 2020. To this end, the contact form can be used. It is possible that up‑to‑date documents proving that the applicant still fulfils the requirements for a visa will have to be submitted. Another interview or appointment booking is not necessary.

Scans/copies of the documents can be submitted instead of original documents.

II. Schengen visa (for short stays of up to 90 days; C visa)

It is not possible at present to issue a new Schengen visa (stays of up to 90 days within a period of 180 days) under the simplified procedure.

3. Restrictions on entry to Germany

As a rule, entry from Qatar is not possible due to existing entry restrictions. More information is available below under the heading Urgent Need.

For Germany, travel restrictions apply for entry from a large number of countries. 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.

Entry from other countries is only possible in exceptional cases and is conditional on there being an urgent Need.

4. Quarantine regulations for entry to Germany

In principle, travellers entering Germany from Qatar must spend 14 days in home quarantine immediately upon arrival.

Upon entry into Germany following a stay in a risk area within the last 14 days

  • you must, under these agreements, proceed directly to your destination following entry into Germany,
  • self-isolate at home and
  • email or phone your competent authority, as a rule the health office in your place of residence/accommodation.

Exception: transit

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.

Exception: proven negative test result

If you can prove that you are not infected with the SARS CoV-2 virus, these quarantine regulations do not apply.

This proof must take the form of a medical certificate. The molecular test to detect an infection must have been conducted no more than 48 hours prior to entry (i.e. the swab must have been taken no more than 48 hours prior to entry). The test must have been carried out in a European Union member state or a state with comparable quality standards.

Alternatively, the test may be carried out upon entry

  • at the border crossing point or
  • at the place where you are staying.

The test result must be retained for at least 14 days after entry – regardless of whether the test was conducted prior to or following entry. It must be submitted to the health office upon request.

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