Coronavirus - information and links in multiple languages
With our behaviour, everyone of us can contribute to protecting ourselves, the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions against the coronavirus. The government has taken measures to contain the spread of the virus, to avoid a breakdown of the healthcare system and to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic. The federal government publishes information on the current state of affairs regarding the coronavirus on various channels and in various languages. Here’s an overview of the most important information.
Health and tips on conduct
Just like previously, the following applies: Keep contact with others to a minimum wherever possible and limit yourself to a constant group of people.
What remains important: Keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres to other people, wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, cover your mouth and nose, and air rooms regularly. Wherever people gather in close proximity, wearing a mask is generally mandatory.
What do the rules “3G”, “2G” and “2G plus” mean?
- 3G: persons who recovered from COVID, fully vaccinated persons or tested persons are admitted
- 2G: persons who recovered from COVID or fully vaccinated persons are admitted
- 2G plus: persons who recovered from COVID or fully vaccinated persons are admitted if they can also present a negative test result (People with a booster vaccination do not need a test)
3G applies at the workplace and on public transport: On public transport, you must wear a medical or FFP mask. These regulations also apply to air travel.
2G applies in retail shops, at cultural and leisure facilities (e.g. in restaurants, bars, hotels, theatres): Shops selling items for daily needs (e.g. supermarkets, pharmacies, drugstores, bookshops) remain open for everyone. A federal state can close restaurants or restrict hotel stays in a county if there is a high number of infections.
Regular coronavirus tests: Quick tests are an important element when it comes to achieving more normality and safe interactions. Everyone in Germany should therefore have the opportunity to benefit from a quick test at least once a week.
Schools: The obligation to wear a mask applies to all years/grades.
Other regulations: For facilities such as hairdressers or gyms, the federal states will adopt their own regulations.
Contact restrictions: Private gatherings which include unvaccinated or non-recovered persons are to be limited to one’s own household plus a maximum of two people from another household. Children up to the age of 14 are exempt from this regulation.
Coronavirus protective vaccine
By getting vaccinated with the coronavirus protective vaccine, you help protect yourself, your family and the most vulnerable members of our society. Anyone who resides in Germany, is ordinarily resident in Germany or works in certain care facilities in Germany but does not live in Germany has the right to get the vaccine.
Booster vaccine: The standing vaccination committee (STIKO) generally recommends that all persons from the age of 12 receive a booster vaccine. The booster vaccine is usually to be administered 3 months after the second vaccine.
The booster is particularly useful for:
- elderly people
- people with pre-existing conditions
- people in need of care
- People who received a viral vector vaccine (e.g. AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson)
- People who are frequently in contact with persons particularly at risk or infected persons (e.g. caregivers)
Getting vaccinated is voluntary and the vaccine is administered free of charge in vaccination centres or at doctor’s offices. By calling 116 117, you can find out when and where you can get vaccinated.
If you have been vaccinated, your coronavirus vaccination can be digitally documented. The electronic certificate can be generated in a medical practice, pharmacy or in a vaccination centre. Once the data has been entered or assumed from another source, a QR code is generated. Vaccinated persons can then scan it using the or the and prove their vaccination status via QR code.
The vaccines have been checked thoroughly with regards to tolerability, safety and efficacy. Even after vaccination, the following applies: Keeping your distance and wearing a mask is mandatory!
Work and money
All companies are obliged to offer tests twice a week to employees that do not work exclusively from home.
Protection against dismissal also applies during the coronavirus pandemic. If your employer has mandated short-time work, you can receive a short-time allowance for up to 24 months. It can be up to 87% of your loss of earnings. The of Labour and Social Affairs provides information on labour law issues in several languages.
Students under acute financial strain can apply for a subsidy from their student services (Studierendenwerk). It amounts to up to 500 euros each month. Furthermore, there is the KfW student loan, which is also available to foreign students.
Information for workers
For many people, change the situation at work because of the corona pandamic: employers orders short-time work, order homeoffice or people have to look to their children which at home. All information are here:
Information for self-employed and companies
You are self-employed and need support to survive the economic bottlenecks caused by the corona pandemic: Here you can find information on measures such as short-time work benefits, liquidity support and tax deferral.
Generally, travel that is not essential should be avoided. Individual states, even within the EU, may continue to restrict entry or prescribe quarantine upon entry. Before you travel, please familiarise yourself with the current entry restrictions and border controls with the and with the .
Before arrival: You must be able to provide evidence of a negative test, vaccination or recovered status whenever you arrive from another country. (The test may be a PCR or an antigen test). All persons who are 12 years of age and up must provide such proof upon entering the country.
A lab test (PCR, PoC-PCR) is accepted as proof for having recovered from coronavirus, provided that the test is at least 28 days old and not older than 6 months. The full vaccination must have been received at least 14 days ago.
After arrival: Generally, all persons arriving from a virus variant area must enter into quarantine at home for a period of 14 days. All persons entering the country from a high-risk area must enter quarantine at home for a period of 10 days. This shall not apply to those persons who are vaccinated or who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection. This quarantine may be terminated on the fifth day if evidence of a further test can be provided.