Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

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29.12.2020 - Article


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. Due to the 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 printout of the confirmed appointment with you 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.

Residents of Ireland may travel to Germany without particular restriction while observing the existing entry and quarantine regulations to be found here.

Visa applications are therefore possible. Visas for tourism purposes remain only possible in exceptional circumstances as the resolution that hotels and other accomodation providers can only accept overnight guests who are travelling for essential purposes remains in place.

From Ireland, limited flights are available to Germany. They may be cancelled at short notice. Ferry service from and to Ireland is available. Therefore, please check the websites of the airlines and the websites of the ferry companies.

Germany’s Robert Koch Institute has classified Ireland as a risk area.

Please note:

Upon entry into Germany, travellers from Ireland must

1. register online before travelling and

2. starting on 30 March, 12.00 am, provide proof (in either English or German) of a negative Covid-19 test (this does not apply to children under the age of 6), when you are travelling to Germany by plane.

The test must have been taken no more than 48 hours before arrival in Germany. PCR, LAMP, TMA and antigen tests are all accepted. Antigen tests must meet certain quality standards. More details can be found here.

The German Federal Government has asked transportation companies only to transport travellers who can present proof of registration and of a negative test at the start of their journey. This also applies to travellers in Transit.

Travellers who do not enter Germany by plane have to present a negative Covid test result no more than 48 hours after entering Germany. The test must have been taken no more than 48 hours prior to entering Germany.

The Embassy advises taking the test prior to entering Germany to avoid any problems at check-in or border control.

If your travels did not start in Ireland, you might have to additionally follow the entry requirements that are in place for the other countries that you have travelled to.

For more detailed information on the entry regulations to Germany, please have a look at the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and for information on the test requirements at the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

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:








Lower Saxony


North Rhine-Westphalia







The Federal Foreign Office warns against all 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.

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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