Coronavirus-related travel restrictions no longer apply to travellers entering Germany. However, travellers must comply with the general regulations under German residence law and other border control entry requirements.
Yes, vaccinations are the way to end the pandemic. Enough vaccine is available, and it is easy to get an appointment for a vaccination. More than 160 million vaccinations have been given, but that is not yet enough. Please get a vaccination to help protect others too.
It can be assumed that, since the outbreak of the pandemic, the population has developed a basic immunity to COVID-19 thanks to vaccinations (including boosters) and infections. It is also apparent that the Omicron variant usually results in less severe cases. In the current phase of the pandemic, the focus is therefore on protecting individuals who remain at higher risk of developing serious illness from COVID-19; and so it makes sense to continue testing people who work in the medical and care sectors.
The following people are therefore entitled to free COVID tests:
- patients or residents in the following facilities, as well as visitors to such facilities:
- hospitals, outpatient clinics and maternity hospitals (as well as other medical facilities),
- care centres for disabled people,
- homeless shelters,
- collective housing for asylum seekers, people enforceably required to leave the country, refugees and ethnic German resettlers;
- disabled people who (owing to their disabilities) employ people to assist them in their daily lives, as well as persons employed in such work,
- relatives who regularly provide care for family members,
If you do not fall within any of the above categories, you can still take a test but must pay for it yourself. Costs vary from test centre to test centre.
Vaccination certificates from Ukraine are recognised as valid if the vaccine used has been approved in the EU.
Since March 2022, the Corona-Warn-App has been available in the Ukrainian App Store and Google Play Store. Since 30 March 2022, it has also been available in the Ukrainian language. Germany’s Robert Koch Institute, the central federal institution for safeguarding public health, publishes the Corona-Warn-App on behalf of the Federal Government and for the Federal Republic of Germany. This software application is a useful digital addition to other measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including social distancing, hand hygiene and masks. Using the app helps to quickly trace and interrupt chains of infection. You can also download your digital vaccination certificates to the app to serve as proof of your vaccination status.
Therapy opportunities after Covid-19 infection
If you have been infected with Covid-19 and belong to an at-risk group, please talk to your doctor immediately and get advice on early therapy with medicines. After all, for these to work best, treatment must be started as early as possible. Find out more at zusammen gegen Corona(dot)de. The Fact Booster. Information provided by the German Federal Ministry of Health.
Long-term effects of a Covid-19 infecton
Infection with the current Covid-19 variants does not build up sufficient immune protection. You can get infected again and again. There is even a study that shows that with each infection, the risk of late damage could increase. Protect yourself with the Covid-19 vaccine and check whether your vaccination protection needs to be refreshed! For more information, visit Corona(minus)Schutzimpfung(dot)de. The Fact Booster. Information provided by the federal Department of Health and Human Services.
Covid-19 infections and risks for cardiac health
A study shows: Covid-19 infection carries high risks for the heart, such as blood clots, inflammation and irregular heart activity. This is true for all infected individuals, regardless of age or fitness level. Protect yourself with the Covid-19 vaccination and check to see if your protection needs to be refreshed. More information at zusammen gegen Corona(dot)de. The Fact Booster. Information provided by the Federal Ministry of Health.
Better protection with the Covid-19 vaccination
Even months after a Covid-19 infection, the mean resting heart rate can be elevated. This is very taxing on the heart of the elderly and can foster heart failure or a heart attack. Get plenty of rest after an infection. Protect yourself with the Covid-19 vaccination to reduce the risk of infection and serious illness. For more information, visit Corona(minus)Schutzimpfung(dot)de. The Fact Booster. Information provided by the federal Department of Health and Human Services.
Better protection with the fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine
Infection with the current Covid-19 variants does not build up sufficient immune protection. One can become infected again and again. Data shows a high protective effect of the 4th vaccination against severe courses or death in people over 60 years of age. However, to date, only 20 percent in this age group have been vaccinated four times. Therefore, check whether your vaccination protection needs to be refreshed. More information at Corona(minus)Schutzimpfung(dot)de. The Fact Booster. Information provided by the German Federal Ministry of Health.
Protected from Aerosols
Once you have crossed a room, tiny droplets, or aerosols, from your breath remain in the air for hours. The Covid-19 viruses adhere to these aerosols. And everyone who enters the room after you passes through this cloud of viruses. Regular ventilation and wearing an FFP2 mask can significantly reduce the risk of infection. Also, check to see if your vaccination protection needs to be refreshed. More information at zusammen gegen Corona(dot)de. The Fact Booster. Information provided by the German Federal Ministry of Health.