COVID-19: Prolongation of the temporary travel restrictions to the EU+ area


The Federal Government has decided to follow the European Commission’s recommendation of 8 May 2020 and to extend the existing travel restrictions on all non‑essential travel from third countries to the Federal Republic of Germany for an initial further 30 days in order to further contain Covid‑19 and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Like other European countries, Germany will initially continue to apply the travel restrictions in the Schengen area decided on 17 March 2020 by the EU Heads of State and Government until 15 June 2020.

In line with the still applicable order by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community pursuant to Article 14 in conjunction with Article 6 of the Schengen Borders Code, the travel restrictions expressly do not apply to the following people:

  1. Citizens of EU Member States and countries associated with Schengen and their family members and citizens of the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland and their family members who enter Germany in order to travel to their country of origin or residence, provided that no alternative route is possible.
  2. Third-country nationals with a Long-term right of residence in an EU Member State 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, who are defined as follows in the decision:
  • 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.
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