Residents of third countries to whom entry into Germany is prohibited due to COVID-19, but have their unmarried partner living in Germany, are now eligible to enter the country given that they meet a few basic conditions.

Since Monday, August 10, Germany has started permitting unmarried partners from third countries to enter its territory, upon an announcement of the Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer on the previous Friday.

As of next Monday, unmarried partners from third countries can return to Germany. I welcome the fact that we can now make this possible within a European framework. As the Council Presidency, coordinated European action is very important to me. I would therefore particularly like to thank the European Commission for the constructive cooperation,” the announcement quotes Minister Seehofer saying.

It also notes that the main requirement for those who wish to enter Germany is presenting proof of a long-term partnership with at least one previous personal meeting in Germany or proof of a previous joint residence abroad

The following documents must be submitted:

  • An invitation from the partner residing in Germany
  • A jointly signed declaration on the existence of the relationship
  • Evidence of previous meetings through travel documents, passport stamps, plane tickets, etc.

Currently, all travellers entering the country from risk areas must provide to the health department, by email or phone their address where they will stay during their self-isolation.

Travellers who present a document that shows they have been tested and resulted negative for SARS CoV-2 virus will be freed from the quarantine obligation.  For the test to be valid, it must have been taken at most 48 hours before entry to Germany, at an EU Member State, or another country that has a similar quality standard with that in Germany.