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

In general, the Embassy continues to be open. We ask for your understanding that the Embassy is not in a Position to evaluate whether a visit to our LEgal and Consular Department might constitute an exception to the domestic travel restrictions in Ireland, we recommend to consult your local Garda station whether it is possible to attend your appointment at the Embassy. In any case, it is advisable to bring a print-out of the confirmed appointment with you on your travel as proof.

 

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 appointments may not be available at short notice.

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.

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 refusal letter as soon as possible by (registered) mail.

Since 02. November 2020, according to a decision by the Federal and State Governments, hotels and other accommodation providers can only accept overnight guests who are travelling for essential purposes. Accommodation offers for tourist trips are generally no longer permitted. A visa for tourism purposes will therefore only be possible in exceptional cases.

The Federal States are responsible for implementing the regulation. Whether a trip is possible in individual cases therefore depends on the regulations of the Federal State which you are travelling to.

From Ireland there are limited flight connections to Germany (direct or indirect), the same applies to ferry services from Ireland. Therefore, please check the websites of the airlines and the websites of the ferry companies. There are still some last minute flight cancellations.

You can find detailed information on entering Germany on the website of the Federal Police (in German).

Ireland is considered as a “risk area” as the 7-day-incidence is higher than 50/100.00 inhabitants. Furthermore, Ireland was classified as a “risk area of variant concern” as increased cases of the new Mutation have been detected.

As of 8th January, 2021m, all air passengers from Ireland to Germany with the exception of those under six years of age must produce proof of a negative COVID-19 test result in German or English when entering from a risk area.

Airlines cannot allow boarding without a test.

The test mus have been taken within no more than 48 hours before entering Germany and must meet the requirements of the Robert Koch Institute.


Travellers, who want to travel to Germany and who have stayed in a risk area during the last ten days will have to fill in a digital entry declaration.

Please note that airlines, bus and ferry companies must check if travellers have filled in their data in a digital entry registration. Without appropriate digital entry registration the transport carriers have to refuse the transport.


The data stored in the digital entry application will be automatically forwarded to the responsible health authority in Germany.

 

The obligation to register is based on the German Infection Protection Act. Fines may be imposed if you fail to register digitally before entering Germany.

You can find further information here.

This depends on which Federal State you are travelling to. The implementation of the quarantine regulation is up to each Federal State, it can vary from state to state. Please note that when you are travelling to Germany, you have to follow the quarantine regulation of the Federal State in which you are staying, not the regulation of the Federal State that you are entering (e.g. if you are entering via Frankfurt Airport, but your destination is Rhineland-Palatinate, the quarantine regulation of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate is one you have to follow). Information about entry regulations, quarantine regulations in Germany and exceptions to these regulations in the individual Federal States can be found here:

Baden-Württemberg

Bavaria

Berlin

Brandenburg

Bremen

Hamburg

Hessen

Lower Saxony

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

North Rhine-Westphalia

Rhineland-Palatinate

Saarland

Saxony

Saxony-Anhalt

Schleswig-Holstein

Thuringia

The Federal Foreign Office warns against all non-essential, touristic travels to Ireland.

Before or on entering Ireland, travellers 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.

From Saturday, 16 January 2021, all passengers arriving into Ireland are required to have a negative result from a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland. The following groups of people are exempt from this requirement:

- International Transport Workers, including workers in aviation, maritime and road haulage sectors where they are travelling in the course of performing their duties,

- children aged 6 and under,

- passengers who arrive in Ireland solely for the purpose of travelling onwards to another state and do not leave the airport

Violations of the obligation to present a negative PCR-test can be punished with a fine of 2500,- Euro or a prison sentence of up to six months.


Since 9 November 2020, Ireland has been implementing the European Union's “traffic light system”:

In principle, all those entering the country, including Irish citizens and citizens residing in Ireland, are required to restrict their movements for 14 days after entry.

Until 16.01.2021, travellers from “green regions” do not have to restrict their movements after entry. 

All travellers from “orange, red or gray regions” are required to restrict their movements after entry. The following groups of people are exempt from this requirement:

  • travellers returning from Northern Ireland,
  • personnel to ensure cross-border movement of goods (e.g. pilots, transport personnel, employees in shipping),
  • travellers with essential functions or essential needs according to §19 of the Recommendation of the Council of the European Union,
  • travellers from an “orange area”, provided that they have received a negative PCR test three days before entering Ireland and carry the written test result with them. Results of other test methods are not currently recognized in Ireland,
  • travellers from an “orange area”, if they did not get a test prior to arrival, and travellers from a “red area” do not have to restrict their movement for 14 days if they take a test no earlier than 5 days after arriving to Ireland and this test is negative.

From 16.01.2021, travellers from “green and orange regions” do not have to restrict their movements after entry.

All travellers from “red or gray regions” are required to restrict their movements after entry. The following groups of people are excempt from this requirement:

  • travellers returning from Northern Ireland,
  • personnel to ensure cross-border movement of goods (e.g. pilots, transport personnel, employees in shipping),
  • travellers with essential functions or essential needs according to §19 of the Recommendation of the Council of the European Union,
  • travellers from a “red area” do not have to restrict their movement for 14 days if they take a test no earlier than 5 days after arriving to Ireland and this test is negative.

Detailed information on the above exceptions is available on 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.



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

The Corona Tracker App of the Irish government can be found here.



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. Those entering Germany from risk areas must complete a digital entry registration form, be tested for coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the Land in question, self-isolate.

Information on entry restrictions and quarantine regulations in Germany

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