For Germany, travel restrictions apply for entry from a large number of countries.
Entry is possible from:
- EU member states
- states associated with Schengen: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
- Other countries, from which entry is possible due to the epidemiological situation assessment by the EU.
Travel to Germany is also possible from third countries, if there are important grounds for doing so. On this basis, third-country nationals from a country not mentioned on the list above may also enter for research purposes, if the research project cannot be carried out from abroad. Usually, researchers will need to show a confirmation when entering the country or applying for a visa. If you need such a confirmation, please get in touch with your contact person at Paderborn University or send us an e-mail.
Before entering Germany from risk areas: Register online
From 8 November 2020, every person who is entering Germay from a risk area has to register online prior to his/her entry on the website www.einreiseanmeldung.de.
After you have provided all the necessary information, you will receive a PDF file as confirmation, which you may need e.g. when you are entering the country or taking an airplane/train to Germany.
With the entry registration, the health authorities in Germany receive the necessary information to be able to check, for example, whether the quarantine obligation is being observed. The data is encrypted, made available exclusively to the respective health authorities and automatically deleted 14 days after entry.
The local health authorty in Paderborn can be reached Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday from 12 am to 4 pm via telephone: 05251 308 3333.
Obligatory testing for people entering from risk areas and high incidence areas
People entering the state North Rhine-Westphalia from a high incidence area or from a risk area must get tested before or immediately after entering the country. A quarantine obligation only applies if the person did not undergo a test. The entry test must be carried out by means of a rapid or PCR test within a maximum of 48 hours before entry or immediately after entry.
As of 29 March 2021, people entering Germany will be required to be tested prior to entry, and the test may be taken no more than 48 hours before entry.
The negative test result must be sent to the responsible health authorities after the digital registration (see above). If you come to Paderborn, please send the test result immediately upon/after entry by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Quarantine for people entering from virus variant areas
People entering from countries in which virus mutations are widespread (so-called virus variant areas) must immediately self-isolate for 14 days. The fourteen days are counted from the day of departure from the respective countries. In addition, these persons must get tested for the coronavirus immediately before entering the country. The quarantine cannot be shortened by testing.
Testing for arrivals from non-risk areas without symptoms / rapid tests
Residents can get a free corona rapid test (PoC antigen test) once a week. You can find an overview of pharmacies, medical practices and test centers in Paderborn here.
Arrivals to Germany can find out where in their vicinity they can get a PCR test by calling 116 117 or their local public health office (Telephone number of Paderborn's public health office: 05251 308 3333).