Vaccinated travellers from the majority of world countries will soon be able 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 on June 25.

From June 25, 2021, the federal government will allow people who have been fully vaccinated to enter from third countries,” the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs announced in a press release.

The decision will enable all those vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) – which are Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, and Janssen – to enter the country two weeks after receiving the final shot.

14 days after receiving the last necessary vaccination dose, third-country nationals may enter the country for any permissible purpose if the general legal requirements for residence are met. In particular, visiting trips and tourist entries will be possible again for vaccinated people,” the Ministry notes.

In order for travellers to enter Germany from third countries, they must show proof they have been vaccinated against the virus with one of the EMA-approved vaccines.

The document proving the vaccination status of the traveller should contain information on the traveller’s identity, the type of vaccine he/she received, the manufacturer of the vaccine, date of the jab(s), name, address and contact of the institution responsible for administering the vaccine.

However, travellers from countries placed in Germany’s list of virus variant areas will be unable to benefit from this change, including the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland of the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and all British Overseas Territories.

Aside from the UK, the following countries are also part of the virus variant areas: Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini, India, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Uruguay.

Arrivals from these areas who qualify to enter Germany, i.e. German nationals and their families, are obliged to present a negative COVID-19 test result, proof of vaccination against the virus, or proof of recovery.

At the beginning of this week, germnay-visa.org announced that Germany is planning to lift travel warning for most world countries in a bid of the country to bring the country back to normality.

Starting from July 1, arrivals from the European Union or Schengen Area countries and regions, as well as third countries that are no longer subject to the entry ban, will be allowed to enter the country without being subject to quarantine.