From 30 March 2021, all persons travelling to Germany by air must present a negative COVID‑19 test result before embarking on their journey. This applies regardless of the country from where the individual has travelled. Persons under six years of age and aircraft crews are exempt. The negative test result must be presented to the airline before departure.
The tests must be done at the relevant test centres abroad no more than 48 hours before entering Germany (time of the swab). In countries where such a test is not possible, airlines may carry out the tests or charge a third party with carrying them out.
Nucleic acid amplification technology processes (PCR, LAMP, TMA) and antigen tests are accepted. Antigen rapid tests are accepted if they meet the minimum criteria recommended by WHO. 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.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak many countries have imposed travel restrictions or taken other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Travelers can find important information for trips to Germany here:
Please note that :
- The lifting of the entry restrictions to Germany only applies to people living in New Zealand . A person is considered as living in New Zealand if they have spent at least the last six months continuously here. Evidence of this must be presented on demand.
- Schengen Visa applications are only possible for holders of a New Zealand permanent residency.
- Travel Insurances must cover all costs in connection to COVID-19
According to the decision taken by the Federal and Länder Governments, from 2 November hotels and other accommodation providers may only provide overnight accommodation to people whose travel is essential. Until further notice, Visas may only be granted if evidence of a private, non-commercial, accomodation is provided ( no Air BnB !) Please note that you may also have to provide this evidence on entry into Germany.
- Keep yourself informed about the status of entry restrictions in Germany
- It cannot be ruled out that Germany will reintroduce entry restrictions in the event that the COVID-19 pandemic situation deteriorates. Therefore, kindly note the following: In case you had to apply for a visa, the visa issued does not in itself guarantee that entry to Germany will be granted.Whether or not entry to Germany is granted will be decided by the competent German Federal Police (Bundespolizei). Please use the Federal Police phone hotline: +49 (0) 331 97997 0 or website www.bundespolizei.de to obtain up-to-date information on whether you can expect being granted entry to Germany upon your arrival.
- As a general rule, it is only upon your arrival at a German airport/border that the Federal Police will decide if you are granted entry to Germany.The German diplomatic and consular missions abroad cannot take any responsibility in this regard.
We also recommend to read through the “Corona Virus FAQ” of the Federal Ministry of Health. Here you will find more Information and the most important questions and answers on quarantine and testing Obligation
Keep yourself informed about entry restrictions in other European countries
Prior to your travel to other member states of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland or Great Britain, please inform yourself about entry restrictions in force in those other countries. It is possible that, while you may be allowed to travel to Germany, you may not be allowed to travel to those other countries.
This website will help you to find out whether or not you need a visa and will guide you through the application process for Schengen Visa (short term) and National Visa (long term).
At the bottom of the page, you will find the links to the relevant visa type, including the application forms and detailed information on the required documents you have to submit with your visa application.
New Zealand citizens are allowed to travel to Germany and to stay in Germany for up to 90 days without having to apply for a visa, as long as their passport is valid for at least 3 months longer than their stay and as long as they do not engage in any kind of employment in Germany.
Time spent in other Schengen Member States does not count towards this 90 days, however , as there are no internal border controls, it is up to you to be able to prove where you have been and how long you have been there.
According to this bilateral agreement the duration of one stay in Germany must not exceed 90 days but the number of entries to Germany is not limited. In order to re-enter Germany for another 90 days, visitors have to depart Germany for any other non-Schengen country and can come back on the same day. Since visitors need to be able to document the period of time they have been spending in Germany, we recommend to enter and to depart via a German airport in order to obtain an official entry and departure stamp in their passport. However your total must not exceed one year.
Please be aware that this special regulation applies only to your stays in Germany. It will not authorise you to stay more than 90 days in any 180-day period in the other Schengen countries, unless these countries also have a similar bilateral agreement.
Holders of UN Travel Document / Titre de Voyage
Holders of UN Travel documents, issued by the New Zealand Government according to the UN Conventions for Refugees (Convention of 28 July 1951) and Stateless Persons (Convention of 28 September 1954), mentioned on the front page, can enter Germany without a visa for an intended stay of up to 90 days, as long as at the time of entry into Germany their travel document is still valid for at least 4 months and they do not engage in any kind of employment.
Holders of Document of Identity / Certificate of Identity
Holders of other New Zealand travel documents (Document of Identity or Certificate of Identity) need a visa according to the citizenship mentioned in the document.
Laws on entry requirements here