Information on visa applications, entry to Germany and quarantine regulations

24.08.2020 - Article

Here you can find information on visa applications, visa renewal, entry to Germany and quarantine regulations.

1. Processing of visa applications

Due to the development of the pandemic in Bangladesh, visa applications can currently only be accepted in urgent exceptional cases. As soon as this situation changes, an announcement will be made on the website of the German Embassy.

In cases where exceptions apply which allow entry to Germany, travellers can contact the German Embassy via the contact form / by phoning +880 1714 01 4000 (between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. only). You can find a list of these exceptions further down under the heading Urgent need.

2. Simplified procedure for new visas

I. National visa (for long stays; D visa)

The entry restrictions may mean that you are not able to use a national visa issued by the German Embassy prior to the entry into force of the entry restrictions on 17 March 2020 during its period of validity.

As soon as travel is possible again, a new national visa can therefore be issued as part of the simplified procedure upon application. This fast‑track procedure will be available if your date of travel has changed, but the purpose of your stay and destination remain unaltered.

An informal application for the issue of a new visa under a simplified procedure must be submitted to the German Embassy. To this end, the contact form can be used. It is possible that up‑to‑date documents proving that the applicant still fulfils the requirements for a visa will have to be submitted. Another interview or appointment booking is not necessary.

Instead of original documents, documents can be submitted electronically.

II. Schengen visa (for short stays of up to 90 days; C visa)

It is not possible at present to issue a new Schengen visa (stays of up to 90 days within a period of 180 days) under the simplified procedure.

3. Restrictions on entry to Germany

As a rule, entry from Bangladesh is not possible due to existing entry restrictions. More information is available below under the heading Urgent need.

For Germany, travel restrictions apply for entry from a large number of countries. Please check with the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI) prior to your trip to find out what regulations apply specifically with regard to the country from which you plan to enter Germany.

In principle, entry is possible from:

  • EU member states
  • states associated with Schengen: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
  • the United Kingdom
  • Other countries, from which entry is possible due to the epidemiological situation assessment by the EU.

Entry from other countries is only possible in exceptional cases and is conditional on there being an urgent Need.

4. Quarantine regulations and COVID‑19 tests upon entry into Germany

In principle, travellers entering Germany from host country must spend 14 days in home quarantine immediately upon arrival. In addition, a mandatory COVID‑19 test must be conducted within 14 days after arrival.

Upon entry into Germany following a stay in a risk area within the last 14 days

  • you must proceed directly to your destination following entry into Germany,
  • self-isolate at home until a negative test result is available (for more details on this see Exception: proven negative test result), provide proof of the negative test result to the competent authorities, as a rule the health office, upon request, and
  • email or phone your competent authority, as a rule the health office in your place of residence/accommodation. If travellers have filled in and submitted a disembarkation card on the plane, ship, bus or train, they do not have to register again after entry.

Travellers can find more information on the newly introduced mandatory tests here.

Exception: transit

The obligation to self-isolate at home does not apply in the case of transit through Germany. In this case, however, you are obliged to leave Germany immediately.

Exception: proven negative test result

If you can prove that you are not infected with COVID‑19, no quarantine is necessary in most Länder. However, some Länder require you to take another test after a few days.

This proof must take the form of a medical certificate. The molecular test to detect an infection must have been conducted no more than 48 hours prior to entry (i.e. the result must be no more than 48 hours old upon entry). Negative certificates issued in Bangladesh do not meet a comparable quality standard and are not sufficient to be exempted from quarantine. The test must have been carried out in a European Union member state or a state with comparable quality standards.

Alternatively, the test may be carried out upon entry

  • at the border crossing point or
  • at the place where you are staying.

The test is free for travellers up to 72 hours after entry and can be conducted at airports, for example.

The test result must be retained for at least 14 days after entry – regardless of whether the test was conducted prior to or following entry. It must be submitted to the health office upon request.

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