Willkommen! Germany to Reopen Borders to Americans on June 20

By Anna Breuer on 18 June 2021
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The Feldherrnhalle on the Odeonsplatz was modeled after the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence and was commissioned in 1841 by King Ludwig I of Bavaria to honor the Bavarian Army.

The German government announced on Friday that Americans will be welcomed back as tourists starting June 20, 2021.

The move comes on the heels actions taken by the European Commission, which gave the green light for members of the bloc to open their borders to Americans, albeit with different requirements based on local requirements

Officials at the Robert Koch Institute, the country’s public health authority, made the announcement.

U.S. citizens who wish to travel to Germany must have proof of vaccination with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency, proof of recovery from Covid-19, or a negative coronavirus test.  Germany will accept both PCR and antigen tests, although the timing for each is different. The PCR test must have been taken  “no more than 72 hours prior to entering Germany; the rapid antigen test, no more than 48 hours,” according to the RKI.

Individuals who have received both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson Jannsen vaccine must be fully vaccinated, which means that travel can only commence a minimum of 14 days after the final dose was administered.  The actual vaccination card from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is required.

Germany is also eliminating the ten-day quarantine, which had been mandated for travelers arriving from the U.S., with the proviso that the traveler meets the above requirements.

In addition, travelers who have been in what the RKI deems “risk areas” within ten days prior to arriving in Germany must provide proof of a negative coronavirus test and complete a health questionnaire.  A ten-day quarantine for such travelers is mandated.  Further, travelers who have spent time in an area of “variant concern” will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

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