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The current order of the Federal Ministry of Health can be found here.

Important information and guidance on the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 for returning travellers

  • Cross-border services for commuters as well as cross-border goods transport remain ensured. Commuters should carry appropriate evidence from their employer confirming the necessity of crossing the border for job-related purposes. The Commuter Certificate serves as evidence to this effect.
    The current Commuter Certificate of the Federal Police can be found here (in German).

    What is more, there are no entry restrictions for health and care sector workers from other EU countries (e.g. from Poland) who work in German private households. They should carry suitable documents such as a work contract, other contract documents or a permit for frontier commuters.


  • Carriers that transport passengers from China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea to Germany via airplane, ship, train or bus have to hand out the following leaflet to their passengers which contains instructions for disease prevention and measures to be taken in case of symptoms of illness: www.rki.de/covid-19-bmg-merkblatt (in German).


  • The same applies to all operators of airports, ports, passenger stations and bus and coach terminals.


  • For flights from Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea or China, pilots-in-command must hand over the health part of the aircraft general declaration to the authorities before landing in Germany.


  • For flights and voyages to Germany, air carriers, shipowners, charterers and all other persons that are responsible for the operation of a ship must keep the data available for a period of up to 30 days.

Note: in accordance with a Federal Police decree, rail companies have to notify the Federal Police of suspected cases of COVID-19 infections. In the case of a suspected infection, passengers have to fill in the “passenger locator card” for rail transport (in German). Deutsche Bahn is in constant exchange with the federal and federal state health authorities and operates on the basis of the precautionary recommendations of the RKI.