Information on COVID-19 entry requirements to Germany for travellers from New Zealand and the Pacific Islands

01.08.2021 - Article

From 1st August 2021, all persons travelling to Germany must present a negative COVID‑19 test result. This applies regardless of the country from where the individual has travelled. Persons under six years of age and aircraft crews are exempt. When travelling by air, the negative test result must be presented to the airline before departure. Nucleic acid amplification technology processes (PCR, LAMP, TMA) and antigen tests are accepted.

The tests must be done at the relevant test centers abroad no more than 72 hours before entering Germany (time of the swab). Antigen rapid tests are accepted if they meet the minimum criteria recommended by WHO. However, these may not be older than 48 hours. In countries where such a test is not possible, airlines may carry out the tests or charge a third party with carrying them out. Antibody tests are not accepted.

The test result must be kept for at least ten days after entry and presented to the relevant authorities upon request.

You can find more information on the test requirement for air travel on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.

People who have been vaccinated and people who have recovered from Covid-19 do not need to provide a negative test result. However, they must provide respective proof of vaccination or recovery.

Currently, the New Zealand proof of vaccination (Covid-19 Vaccine Record Card) is sufficient for entry into Germany, but should contain the date of birth of the vaccinated person if possible. An entry in the yellow WHO vaccination card is recommended, if available. The same applies to the national vaccination records from Fiji, Samoa and the Cook Islands.

Fully vaccinated people from all countries can now travel to Germany ,as  it was already possible from New Zealand. Travellers from the Pacific islands can also travel to Germany for visiting and tourist purposes. It must be noted that if travelling to Germany requires a visa, it must still be applied for at the embassy in Wellington. Due to the current Covid restrictions in Fiji, it is still not possible to apply there for the time being.

Postal applications are only possible for Schengen Visa applications and only for applicants who have already had a Schengen Visa within the last 5 years, for which fingerprints were successfully taken.

More visa information here

Travelers from virus variant areas are excluded. Here you will find the link to the RKI for classification as a virus variant area.

Only those people who have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines listed on the website of the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI)  can enter the country if they have been vaccinated since receiving the last one Single vaccination / vaccination dose at least 14 days have passed. Currently this only applies to vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Further information, in particular on the requirements for proof of vaccination, is available at the following link: https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/DE/themen/bevoelkerungsschutz/coronavirus/coronavirus-faqs.html.


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