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Germany Declares a “Quiet Period” and Updates Risk Areas

March 28, 2021

On Friday, March 26, Chancellor Angela Merkel and heads of government agreed to extend the current contact restrictions until April 18.

  • Private gatherings are limited to a maximum of five people from two households;
  • In shops and public transport surgical masks or masks corresponding to standards KN95 or FFP2 must be worn;
  • Employers must allow their staff to work from home wherever possible;
  • No non-essential private travel or visits should be undertaken.

The Thursday before Easter through Easter Sunday is to be declared “quiet days” with an emphasis on staying home. Gatherings will not be permitted in public spaces and hospitality with outdoor seating will be closed for the five days.

 

New Risk Area Designations Announced

The newly designated “virus variant areas,” “high incidence areas,” “risk areas,” and areas that are currently no longer considered risk areas are effective from Sunday, March 28, 2021.

New Risk Areas | areas with increased SARS-CoV-2 infection risk

  • Denmark – the entire country of Denmark is now a risk area (the Faroe Islands and Greenland are still excluded).
  • Finland – the regions of Kanta-Häme, Päijät-Häme and Pirkanmaa are now also considered risk areas.
  • Israel – the entire land of Israel is now a risk area (previously high incidence area).
  • Croatia – Požega-Slavonia County is now also a risk area.
  • Norway – the province of Rogaland is now also a risk area.
  • Austria – the state of Tyrol is now also a risk area (previously virus variant area).
    • Finland – the Satakunta region is no longer a risk area.
    • Norway – Agder province is no longer considered a risk area.

Currently considered Risk Areas

  • Afghanistan (since February 21, 2021; high incidence area from January 2021 to February 20, 2021)
  • Algeria (since June 15, 2020)
  • Angola (since June 15, 2020)
  • Antigua and Barbuda (since February 21, 2021)
  • Equatorial Guinea (since June 15, 2020)
  • Argentina (since June 15, 2020)
  • Armenia (since June 15, 2020)
  • Azerbaijan (since June 15, 2020)
  • Ethiopia (since June 15, 2020)
  • Bangladesh (since June 15, 2020)
  • Barbados (since January 17, 2021)
  • Belarus (since June 15, 2020)
  • Belgium (since September 30, 2020)
  • Belize (since June 15, 2020)
  • Benin (since June 15, 2020)
  • Bhutan (since June 15, 2020)
  • Burkina Faso (since June 15, 2020)
  • Burundi (since June 15, 2020)
  • Cabo Verde (since July 3, 2020)
  • Chile (since June 15, 2020)
  • Costa Rica (since June 15, 2020)
  • Côte d’Ivoire (since June 15, 2020)
  • Denmark – the whole country (since March 28, 2021); The Faroe Islands and Greenland are excluded
  • Dominican Republic (since June 15, 2020)
  • Djibouti (since June 15, 2020)
  • El Salvador (since June 15, 2020)
  • Eritrea (since June 15, 2020)
  • Finland – the following regions are currently considered risk areas:
    • Uusimaa (this also includes the city of Helsinki) (since November 22, 2020)
    • Varsinais-Suomi (since December 20, 2020)
    • Åland (since March 14, 2021)
    • South Karelia (since March 21, 2021)
    • Kanta-Häme (since March 28, 2021)
    • Päijät-Häme (since March 28, 2021)
    • Pirkanmaa (since March 28, 2021)
  • Gabon (since June 15, 2020)
  • Gambia (since June 15, 2020)
  • Georgia (since October 7, 2020)
  • Ghana (since June 15, 2020)
  • Greece (since March 7, 2021)
  • Guatemala (since June 15, 2020)
  • Guinea (since June 15, 2020)
  • Guinea-Bissau (since June 15, 2020)
  • Guyana (since June 15, 2020)
  • Haiti (since June 15, 2020)
  • Honduras (since June 15, 2020)
  • India (since June 15, 2020)
  • Indonesia (since June 15, 2020)
  • Iraq (since June 15, 2020)
  • Ireland (risk area since January 9, 2021; virus variant area from January 13, 2021 – March 20, 2021)
  • Israel (since March 28, 2021; high incidence area from January 24, 2021 – March 27, 2021)
  • Italy (since November 8, 2020)
  • Jamaica (since June 15, 2020)
  • Yemen (since June 15, 2020)
  • Canada (since November 15, 2020)
  • Cameroon (since June 15, 2020)
  • Kazakhstan (since June 15, 2020)
  • Qatar (since June 15, 2020)
  • Kenya (since June 15, 2020)
  • Kyrgyzstan (since June 15, 2020)
  • Comoros (since June 15, 2020)
  • Congo DR (since June 15, 2020)
  • Congo Rep (since June 15, 2020)
  • Korea, People’s Republic (since June 15, 2020)
  • Croatia – the whole country (since March 28, 2021); the following counties are excluded:
    • Bjelovar-Bilogora (since March 7, 2021)
    • Istria (since March 7, 2021)
  • Cuba (since February 28, 2021)
  • Liberia (since June 15, 2020)
  • Libya (since June 15, 2020)
  • Liechtenstein (since October 24, 2020)
  • Lithuania (since February 21, 2021; high incidence area from January 2021 – February 20, 2021)
  • Luxembourg (July 14, 2020 – August 20, 2020 and since September 25, 2020)
  • Madagascar (since June 15, 2020)
  • Maldives (since July 17, 2020)
  • Mali (since June 15, 2020)
  • Morocco (since June 15, 2020)
  • Mauritania (since June 15, 2020)
  • Monaco (since November 1, 2020)
  • Mongolia (since June 15, 2020)
  • Namibia (since February 14, 2021; high incidence area from January 2021 to February 13, 2021)
  • Nepal (since June 15, 2020)
  • Nicaragua (since June 15, 2020)
  • Netherlands – the entire country (including the autonomous countries and the overseas parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) (since October 17, 2020)
  • Niger (since June 15, 2020)
  • Nigeria (since June 15, 2020)
  • Norway – the following provinces are currently considered risk areas:
    • Oslo (since November 8, 2020)
    • Viken (since November 15, 2020)
    • Vestfold og Telemark (since March 21, 2021)
    • Rogaland (since March 28, 2021)
  • Oman (since June 15, 2020)
  • Austria – the entire state with the exception of the communities Jungholz and Mittelberg / Kleinwalsertal (since November 1, 2020)
    Note: The state of Tyrol has been a simple risk area since March 28, 2021 (virus variant area from February 14, 2021 – March 27, 2021)
  • Pakistan (since June 15, 2020)
  • Panama (since February 28, 2021; high incidence area from January 2021 to February 27, 2021)
  • Papua New Guinea (since June 17, 2020)
  • Peru (since June 15, 2020)
  • Philippines (since June 15, 2020)
  • Portugal (since March 14, 2021; virus variant area January 27, 2021 – March 13, 2021); the following regions are excluded:
    • Azores (autonomous region) (since March 14, 2021)
    • Alentejo (since March 14, 2021)
    • Centro (since March 14, 2021)
    • Norte (since March 14, 2021)
    • Algarve (since March 21, 2021)
  • Romania (since October 7, 2020)
  • Russian Federation (since June 15, 2020)
  • San Marino (since November 1, 2020)
  • Sao Tome and Principe (since June 16, 2020)
  • Saudi Arabia (since June 15, 2020)
  • Switzerland (since October 24, 2020)
  • Senegal (since June 15, 2020)
  • Sierra Leone (since June 15, 2020)
  • Somalia (since June 15, 2020)
  • Spain – the entire country of Spain including the Canary Islands (since February 21, 2021; high incidence area from January 2021 to February 20, 2021); the following autonomous communities are excluded:
    • Balearic Islands (since March 14, 2021)
    • Castile-La Mancha (since March 14, 2021)
    • Extremadura (since March 14, 2021)
    • La Rioja (since March 14, 2021)
    • Murcia (since March 14, 2021)
    • Valencia (since March 14, 2021)
    • Galicia (since March 21, 2021)
  • St. Lucia (since February 7, 2021; high incidence area from February 14, 2021 – March 20, 2021)
  • South Sudan (since June 15, 2020)
  • Suriname (since June 15, 2020)
  • Tajikistan (since June 15, 2020)
  • Timor Leste (East Timor) (since June 17, 2020)
  • Togo (since June 15, 2020)
  • Trinidad Tobago (since June 15, 2020)
  • Chad (since June 15, 2020)
  • Tunisia (since October 7, 2020)
  • Turkey (since June 15, 2020)
  • Turkmenistan (since June 17, 2020)
  • Ukraine (since June 15, 2020)
  • USA (since March 7, 2021; high incidence area from January 2021 – March 6, 2021)
  • Uzbekistan (since June 15, 2020)
  • Vatican City (since November 1, 2020)
  • Venezuela (since June 15, 2020)
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland including all overseas territories, Isle of Man and all Channel Islands (since November 15, 2020; virus variant area from January 13, 2021 – March 20, 2021)
  • Central African Republic (since June 15, 2020)

Since November 8, 2020, travelers entering or returning from abroad who have stayed in a risk area within the last ten days before entering the country are required to go into a ten-day quarantine immediately after entering the country. Travelers must register at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de before arriving in Germany, and have proof of registration when entering the country.

Travelers can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 after 5 days of quarantine. Those who test negative may end their quarantine.

Virus Variant Areas | No new virus variant areas since the last change (see current list below)

  • Austria – the federal state of Tyrol is no longer considered a virus variant area.
  • Slovakia is NO longer considered a virus variant area.
  • The Czech Republic is no longer considered a virus variant area.

Currently considered Virus Variant Areas

  • Botswana (virus variant area since February 7, 2021; high incidence area since January 31, 2021; risk area since November 22, 2020)
  • Brazil (virus variant area since January 19, 2021; risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Eswatini (virus variant area since January 31, 2021; risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • France – the Moselle department (virus variant area since March 2, 2021; risk area since January 9, 2021)
  • Lesotho (virus variant area since January 31, 2021; risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Malawi (virus variant area since February 7, 2021; high incidence area since January 31, 2021; risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Mozambique (virus variant area since February 7, 2021; high incidence area since January 31, 2021; risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Zambia (virus variant area since February 7, 2021; high incidence area since January 31, 2021; risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Zimbabwe (virus variant area since February 7, 2021; high incidence area since January 31, 2021; risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • South Africa (virus variant area since January 13, 2021; risk area since June 15, 2020)

New High Incidence Areas 

  • France – the entire country of France including all overseas departments is now considered a high incidence area, the Moselle department is also still considered a virus variant area .
  • Slovakia – the entire country of Slovakia is now considered a high incidence area (previously virus variant area).
  • Czech Republic – the entire country of the Czech Republic is now considered a high incidence area (previously virus variant area).

Currently considered High Incidence Areas

  • Albania (high incidence area since January 24, 2021; already designated as a risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Andorra (Principality of Andorra) (high incidence area since January 24, 2021; already designated as a risk area since August 2020)
  • Bahrain (high incidence area since February 14, 2021, already designated as a risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Bolivia (high incidence area since January 24, 2021; already designated as a risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (high incidence area since January 24, 2021; already designated as a risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Bulgaria (high incidence area since March 21, 2021; already designated as a risk area since November 1, 2020)
  • Ecuador (high incidence area since January 31, 2021; already designated as a risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Egypt (high incidence area since January 24, 2021; already designated as a risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Estonia (high incidence area since January 24, 2021; already designated as a risk area since December 26, 2020)
  • France including all overseas departments (high incidence area since March 28, 2021, already designated as a risk area since August 21, 2020), the Moselle department continues to be a virus variant area since March 2, 2021
  • Iran (high incidence area since January 24, 2021; already designated as a risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Jordan (high incidence area since March 7, 2021; already designated as a risk area since October 7, 2020)
  • Colombia (high incidence area since January 24, 2021; already designated as a risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Kosovo (high incidence area since January 24, 2021; already designated as a risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Kuwait (high incidence area since March 21, 2021; already designated as a risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Latvia (high incidence area since January 24, 2021; already designated as a risk area since November 22, 2020)
  • Lebanon (high incidence area since January 24, 2021; already designated as a risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Malta (high incidence area since February 28, 2021; already designated as a risk area since October 17, 2020)
  • Mexico (high incidence area since January 24, 2021; already designated as a risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Moldova, Republic (high incidence area since March 14, 2021; already designated as a risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Montenegro (high incidence area since January 24, 2021; already designated as a risk area since July 17, 2020)
  • North Macedonia (high incidence area since January 24, 2021; already designated as a risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Palestinian Territories (high incidence area since January 24, 2021; already designated as a risk area since July 3, 2020)
  • Paraguay (high incidence area since March 21, 2021; already designated as a risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Poland (high incidence area since March 21, 2021; already designated as a risk area since October 24, 2020)
  • Sweden (high incidence area since March 7, 2021; already designated as a risk area since November 15, 2020)
  • Serbia (high incidence area since January 24, 2021; already designated as a risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Seychelles (high incidence area since February 14, 2021; already designated as a risk area since January 17, 2021)
  • Slovakia (high incidence area since March 28, 2021; virus variant area from February 14, 2021 – March 27, 2021; risk area since October 17, 2020)
  • Slovenia (high incidence area since January 24, 2021; already designated as a risk area since November 1, 2020)
  • Sudan (high incidence area since January 31, 2021; already designated as a risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Syrian Arab Republic (high incidence area since January 31, 2021; already designated as a risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Tanzania (high incidence area since March 14, 2021; already designated as a risk area since June 15, 2020)
  • Czech Republic (high incidence area since March 28, 2021; virus variant area from February 14, 2021 – March 27, 2021; already designated as a risk area since September 25, 2020)
  • Hungary (high incidence area since March 7, 2021; already designated as a risk area since November 1, 2020)
  • Uruguay (high incidence area since March 21, 2021; already designated as a risk area since December 20, 2020)
  • United Arab Emirates (high incidence area since January 24, 2021; already designated as a risk area since September 23, 2020)
  • Cyprus (high incidence area since March 21, 2021; already designated as a risk area since November 1, 2020)

In addition to the above public health measures, people who travel to Germany after a stay in high incidence areas and virus variant areas in the last 10 days are required to carry proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 48 hours or a medical certificate.