In line with the current Corona regulations, stays in hotels and serviced apartments in Germany for personal or business purposes are allowed on a 2G rule “geimpft” (vaccinated) or “genesen” (recovered) or 3G rule “geimpft” (vaccinated) or “genesen” (recovered) or “getestet” (tested).

The enforcement of the 2G /3G rules varies across the federal states, please check here for the specifics. Accordingly, the accommodation providers cannot accept the check-in if the 2G/3G requirements are not fulfilled as applicable. PCR tests or antigen tests might be required at the time of check in to the accommodation.

The current regulations are subject to change anytime at the discretion of the government; therefore, we strongly recommend that you check the status regularly.

Which COVID-19 vaccines are recognized in Germany?

There are four vaccines which are currently approved in the EU which are used in Germany:
• Comirnaty® (BioNTech)
• Spikevax® (Moderna)
• Vaxzevria® (AstraZeneca)
• Janssen® (Johnson & Johnson)

For more information you may visit Paul Ehrlich Institut
People vaccinated with two different vaccines are considered to be fully vaccinated if:
1) The vaccines used have been approved by the authorities in Germany and the EU (EMA) and
2) The vaccines were administered in accordance with the local regulations.

People that have been vaccinated with other vaccines which are currently not recognized in Germany are NOT considered to be vaccinated.

What is a proof of vaccination or recovery?

Proof of vaccination must be documented in the form of a recognized certificate, e.g. EU Digital COVID Certificate or other proof of vaccination. The proof of vaccination must contain first name, last name, date of birth, date of vaccination and the vaccine used, in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish, and photos of written evidence are typically not accepted as proof of digital form.

Proof of recovery: Typically, a proof of recovery must be presented in German or in English, only and from a six-month period.

In general traveling to Germany for business purposes is allowed under the following scenarios:

Kindly be aware, that different regulations may be applied for hotel / temporary accommodation booking (2G / 3G rule as described above).

December 15, 2021 Source Federal Foreign Office

More information and the latest updates on COVID-19 vaccination:
Vaccination in GermanyWorld Health Organization: COVID-19 immunization
Vaccination Campaign by the Department of Health
Robert Koch Institute: COVID-19 vaccination program
Together against Corona- Vaccination (in German)
Information from the Federal States on Corona Vaccination

If you have any questions or require assistance with destination or immigration services to Germany, please contact us:

Frank Schreiber
Leader Destination Services Germany

Claudia Mcdaniel
Leader Immigration Services Germany

Alejandra Ruiz
Head of Destination & Immigration Services DACH & CEE


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