Germany: change in COVID-19 travel requirements

By: Osler Health International

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Posted on: 30 Mar 2021

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From today (30 March 2021), entry to Germany is only possible after submitting a negative COVID-19 test. According to the Robert Koch Institute, a medical certificate or a documented negative test result must be presented.  This new regulation applies to every traveller who flies into Germany.

Unlike in most countries, which require a negative COVID-19 test result 48 hours before departure, air travellers to Germany must ensure that the test has been taken no more than 48 hours before entering Germany.

Both the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test and the Antigen Rapid Test (ART) are recognised by authorities. A PCR test is recommended, but is almost impossible to implement (as the flight from Singapore takes at least 12 hours), and a PCR result takes an average of 24 hours.

The ART provides a result within 20 minutes and is therefore more suitable. It should be noted here that only COVID-19 antigen rapid tests are accepted that meet the minimum criteria recommended by the WHO for the quality of SARS-CoV-2-Ag rapid tests. These are not available in all medical practices in Singapore.

At Osler Health we have the mandatory COVID-19 antigen rapid test as required by German authorities, and certificates are issued directly on site.

However, the airline you are travelling with may only accept the PCR test for the pre-departure testing and so you may require both the PCR test and the ART.  We highly recommend that you check with your airline before booking for your test(s).

Contact us for more information.

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