Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

The following applies to travellers entering Germany

The following applies to travellers entering Germany, © Bundesregierung

25.11.2021 - Article


The Embassy is open and available by phone (+353 (0) 1 2776 100) and by e-mail at info@dublin.diplo.de. Due to the Covid regulations, the Legal and Consular Department will continue to be open for customers at a reduced level of operation.

Our online booking System continues to be active. Please understand that we are only in a position to offer a reduced number of appointments due to the regulations of hygiene and social distancing that are still in place and to protect our clients and staff. Therefore, appointments may not be available at short notice.

Therefore, we appeal to all those people whose passport is still valid for several months to postpone the application to a later date.

Currently, only those persons should book an appointment

-        whose passport has already expired,

-        is about to expire, e.g. within the next month or

-        first time applications for children.

We are grateful if all other applicants (e.g., applicants who have a valid German passport and would like to apply for an ID card or dual citizens who have other valid travel documents) refrain from booking appointments and bear with us for the time being.

In consideration of others, please refrain from booking multiple appointments.

German passport law does not provide any option to book passports online or by mail. You have to apply for your passport in person because we need to take your fingerprints for biometric passports.

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 prepaid envelope (EUR 8.30 stamp). Should you still have any old but valid documents, please include those. You will then receive the new passport /identity card as well as the voided old documents as quickly as possible by (registered) post.

Please put your expired travel documents in a sealed envelope in our post box only. Please add an accompanying letter with information on when you applied for a new travel document and your contact details.

There are reduced flight connections to and from Germany. Cancellations at short notice are possible. Ferry service from and to Ireland is available. Therefore, please check the websites of the airlines and the websites of the ferry companies.


Ireland is classified as a high-risk-area.

Travellers who have stayed in a high-risk-area in the last 10 days prior to entering Germany must

• register electronically via digital entry registration,

• present a recent negative test result (PCR -  maximum 72 hours or  antigen test -  maximum 48 hours) upon entry, unless recovered or vaccinated.

• quarantine immediately at your own expense for a period of at least ten days after entry. If you are recovered or are fully vaccinated, quarantine is not required if travellers can present proof to the German authorities. You can upload proof via the digital entry registration.

For all others, quarantine can end after five day with a negative test result.

Children under twelve years of age are exempt from the testing but not from the quarantine requirement. However, children under twelve can end quarantine five days after entry - even without testing.


Detailed information on the entry requirements to Germany and the requirements for test, vaccination or recovery certificates can be found on the website of the Federal Government and on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

Additional helpful Information can  be found on the website of the Federal Government.

Detailed information on who is allowed to enter Germany from Northern Ireland and the entry requirements from Northern Ireland to Germany can be found on the website of our German missions in the United Kingdom.

The German Foreign Ministry warns against non-essential, touristic travels to Ireland.

For detailed Information on the entry requirements to Ireland, please have a look at our travel and security advice on Ireland and at the website of the Irish government.

For detailed information on quarantine regulations in Ireland, please at our travel and security advice on Ireland and at the website of the Irish government.

You can find detailed Information on any applicable regulations on the website of the Irish Government and the Irish Health Services Executive.

Information on the implementation of the (EU) vaccination certificate in Germany and the CovPass app can be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.

Information on the implementation of the (EU) vaccination certificate (EU Digital COVID certificate) in Ireland can be found on the website of the Irish government.

General guidance from the Federal Foreign Office on Covid-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions for entry into Germany from many countries apply. Persons entering must complete a digital entry registration. Depending on the place departure, they also have to provide a negative test result or proof of immunity, and comply with quarantine regulations.

COVID-19: entry and quarantine regulations in Germany

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