Since Sunday, June 20, travellers from several more third countries are eligible to enter Germany regardless of their vaccination status, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs has announced.

The decision has been taken upon a recommendation of the Council of the EU to the Member States to expand the list of epidemiologically safe third countries, the residents of which should be permitted to enter the EU countries for non-essential purposes as tourism.

In view of the lower number of infections in several third countries, the federal government will in future allow entry for all permissible purposes of residence, including tourism, from the USA, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Albania, Serbia, North Macedonia and Lebanon,” the Ministry of Interior said announcing the decision.

Thus, travellers from the following countries, including those non-vaccinated travelling for tourism purposes, can enter Germany since Sunday, June 20, 12:00 am:

  • Albania
  • Australia
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Lebanon
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of North Macedonia
  • Rwanda
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • United States of America
  • China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity

On the other hand, starting from Friday, June 25, vaccinated travellers from the majority of world countries will be eligible to travel to Germany for all types of purposes, including for tourism after the German government announced that the entry ban on third-country travellers which has been in place since mid-March 2020, will be lifted.

The lifting of these restrictions has taken place at a time when Germany, and the rest of Europe, is working towards the reopening of the travel and tourism sector and a drop in the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide.

Since June 20, entry restrictions have also been facilitated for several more countries after the Robert Koch Institute, a German federal government agency and research institute responsible for disease control and prevention, removed them from the list of risk areas. These countries are:

  • Belgium
  • Southern Denmark
  • Estonia
  • All of continental France and the French overseas departments Martinique and Saint-Barthélemy
  • Greece
  • Jordan
  • Lithuania
  • Netherlands’ provinces of Friesland, Groningen and Zeeland
  • Norway
  • The Palestinian Territories
  • Switzerland
  • Slovenia’s regions og Goriška, Jugovzhodna Slovenija, Koroška, ​​Pomurska, Savinjska and Zasavska
  • Spain’s autonomous communities of Aragon, Castile and León, Catalonia and Madrid and the autonomous city of Melilla
  • Lucia

According to Our World in Data statistics, over 25 million Germans have been fully vaccinated, while over 42 million in total have received at least the first dose of the vaccine. The country has registered a total of 3,722,327 COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, and 1,108 cases in the last 24 hours.