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COVID-19 - temporary restriction of non-essential entry into the EU extended until 30 June 2020

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12.06.2020 - Article

In order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the European Commission has recommended that the travel restrictions already in place for all non-essential travel to the EU from third countries be extended until 30 June 2020. Germany will implement this recommendation.

The following persons shall continue to be exempt from these travel restrictions:

  1. Nationals from EU countries, countries asQsociated with Schengen (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), the UK, and their respective family members returning to their place of residence
  2. Third-country nationals with a long-term right of residence in an EU Member State and/or the countries mentioned above (residence permit or long-term visa, e.g. for study or work purposes), provided that they are returning to their place of habitual residence
  3. Third-country nationals with essential functions or needs, including:
  • healthcare workers, health researchers and care professionals
  • cross-border workers, transport personnel employed in the movement of goods and other essential sectors
  • diplomats, staff of international organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers insofar as they are performing official duties
  • passengers in transit
  • passengers travelling for imperative family reasons
  • persons in need of international protection or seeking entry for other humanitarian reasons.

From 1 July 2020, the exceptions to the EU entry restrictions are to be extended as follows:

EU citizens, citizens from countries associated with Schengen (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), citizens from the UK and third-country nationals entitled to reside in the EU and their respective family members shall be allowed to enter the country, regardless of whether they are returning to their place of residence.

The categories for third-country nationals with so-called “essential functions or needs” are to be extended by including:

third-country nationals entering for the purpose of study

qualified professionals from third countries provided that their employment is necessary from an economic point of view and that their work cannot be postponed or carried out from abroad.

More information on travel within the EU:

On 10 June 2020, the Federal Government decided to end the internal border controls with Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy and Denmark, which had been temporarily reintroduced due to the pandemic, as of 15 June 2020. Airside internal border controls with Spain will cease on 21 June 2020.

This means that, from 16 June 2020 or (in the case of Spain) from 22 June 2020, a valid reason for entry is no longer required for entry into Germany from the above-mentioned countries. 

Border controls at the border with Luxembourg ceased on 15 May 2020.

Quarantine regulations for people entering or returning to Germany: 

The Federation and the Länder have agreed on the main aspects of uniform quarantine regulations for people entering or returning to Germany. Further information, the model ordinance and links are available on the websites of the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community. For information on the concrete implementation of the measures in the various Länder, please see the websites of the Land Ministries of Health.

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