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FAQ

From 22 October 2020 Level 5 of the “Plan for Living with Covid-19” will be in force in Ireland. Will the German Embassy be closed due to this?

The Embassy will be open and available by phone (+353 (0) 1 2776 100) and by e-mail at info@dublin.diplo.de. The Legal and Consular Department will continue to be open for customers.

I have booked a passport / visa / appointment for another consular service. Am I still allowed to come to the Embassy during Level 5?

The Embassy continues to be open. However, we ask for your understanding that the Embassy is not in a position to evaluate definitively whether a visit to our Legal and Consular Department can be considered as an “essential service” by the Irish authorities.

It is therefore recommended to contact your local Garda station whether it is possible to leave the 5 km radius.

In any case it is advisable to bring a print-out of the confirmed appointment with you as proof.

Why is it not possible to book an appointment at the moment?

Our online booking system continues to stay active. Please understand that we are only in a position to offer a reduced number of appointments due to the present regulations of hygiene and social distancing and therefore, no appointment may be available at short notice.

Is it possible to apply for a passport online?

Unfortunately, the German passport law does not provide any option to book passports online or by mail. In any case, passports have to be personally applied for, also due to the fact that we need to take your fingerprints for all biometric passports. This is only possible on our appliances at the German missions abroad.

Can I collect my new passport / identity card from the Embassy?

For the time being, it is not possible to pick up your passport or identity card in person. If you have already been contacted and notified that your document is ready for collection, please send us a self-addressed and and prepaid envelope (EUR 8.30 stamp). Should you still have any old but valid documents, please include those in that case. You will then receive the new passport /identity card as well as the voided documents as quickly as possible by (registered) mail.

Is it possible to collect my passport including my visa at the Embassy?

For the time being, it is not possible to pick up your passport in person. As soon as there is a decision concerning your visa application, you will receive your passport including your visa or otherwise a notice of refusal as soon as possible by (registered) mail.

Can I travel to Germany from Ireland?

In principle, entry from Ireland into Germany is possible for all legal residents in Ireland at the moment.

However, County Dublin, the Border Region (Counties Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth, including Dundalk and Drogheda) and the regions Mid-West, South-West, Mid-East and the Midlands have been added to Germany’s List of Risk Areas, which is published by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany’s agency and research institute for disease control and prevention. The full list of all areas that have been designated as a “Risk area” by the Federal Government can be found on their website.

If you are travelling from a “risk area” to Germany, you will have to follow the Quarantine regulations of the Federal State you are traveling to. Please have a look here for more detailed information.

Do I have to go into quarantine in Germany?

Travelers from the European Union, Iceland, Principality of Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland or the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland have to follow quarantine regulations if the country or parts of the country is/are listed as a “risk area”. Information on which areas and countries are currently listed as a “risk area” can be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). This list is updated weekly depending on current developments.

Currently, travelers from County Dublin, the Border Region (Counties Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth, including Dundalk and Drogheda) and the regions Mid-West, South-West, Mid-East and the Midlands will have to follow the Quarantine regulations of the Federal State they are traveling to.

The implementation of the quarantine regulation is up to each Federal State, it can vary from state to state. Information about entry regulations, quarantine regulations in Germany and exceptions to these regulations, e.g. if a negative test result is presented, can be found here.

Can I travel to Ireland from Germany?

The Federal Foreign Office warns against non-essential, touristic travels to County Dublin, the Border Region (Counties Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth, including Dundalk and Drogheda) and the regions Mid-West, South-West, Mid-East and the Midlands. It advises against non-essential, touristic travels to other parts of the country (region South-East) because of the quarantine regulations for travelers from a ‘non-green list’ country such as Germany.

Before or on entering Ireland, travelers are required to fill out a form (Public Health Passenger Locator Form) with their name, telephone number and address in Ireland where they will be in self-isolation for the next 14 days. This form can be filled in online. Violations of the obligation to fill in the form (including false information) can be punished with a fine of 2500,- Euro or a prison sentence of up to 6 months.

On 15.09.2020, the Irish government agreed that, for the period ahead, the Green list will be updated on a weekly basis. Inclusion on the list will require a 14 day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of 25 or less, based on the latest data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Updates will be made on the basis of data each Thursday, with changes taking effect from the following Monday.

Currently, Germany is not on the “Green list”.

Do I have to go into quarantine in Ireland?

The Irish authorities advise anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland and individuals arriving in Ireland from locations with a security rating of ‘normal precautions’ (“green”), to restrict their movements for 14 days, and this includes citizens and residents returning to Ireland.

Currently, hauliers and other key supply chain staff are exempt from the Irish government’s advice to restrict their movement upon arrival to Ireland. The Irish Department of Transport provides more detailed information here.

Where can I find the German Corona Warning App?

The Corona-Warn-App of the German government can be found here.

Where can I find further information on the current status of Covid-19?
Federal Foreign Office
Federal Ministry of Health
Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community
Robert Koch Institute
World Health Organization WHO
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

 

General guidance from the Federal Foreign Office on Covid-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions are in place for entry into Germany from a large number of countries. Moreover, persons arriving from many countries are obliged to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Details are available here.

Information on entry restrictions and quarantine regulations in Germany

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