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.

With effect from Saturday, 30th January 2021, a general travel and entry ban has been imposed from Ireland to Germany.

Detailed information on these restrictions and their exceptions can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Interior, Building and Community.

Up to the 3rd of March 2021 a visa can therefore only be issued in exceptional cases.

The travel ban also applies to national visas for establishing residence in Germany.

Additional information on current restrictions is available here.

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.

Effective 30th January 2021 a travel ban has been imposed from Ireland to Germany. Transport companies, e.g. air carriers, may not transport any person from Ireland to Germany. There are only a few, strictly defined exceptions to this travel ban, namely for:

- German citizens

- Persons who are resident in Germany with a current right to reside in the Country

- Persons on connecting flights, who do not leave the transit zone of an international airport (on the way to a country outside the Schengen area)

- Few other special cases

All those who qualify for the above-mentioned exceptions are equally required to complete an online registration form, must present a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 48 hours prior to entry and have to follow the quarantine regulations of the Federal State they are travelling to. 

The transport ban may lead to changes in the flight schedule or time tables and reductions in flight connections to and from Germany. Therefore, if you have planned a flight or other travel connection to Germany, please contact your carrier immediately.

Please note that the final decision on entry is made by the German Federal Police upon entry.

You can find detailed information on the travel and entry ban to Germany on the website of the Federal Ministry of Interior, Building and Community and on the website of the German Federal Border Police.

Ireland was classified as a “risk area of variant concern” as increased cases of the new and more contagious variants of Covid-19 have been detected.

According to the Coronavirus-entry-regulation from 13th January, 2021 all travellers from Ireland to Germany are equally required to complete and online registration form, see below, and must produce proof of a negative COVID-19 test result in German or English.

Carriers cannot allow boarding without a negative test. They are not allowed to transport travellers over the age of six without a negative test.

The test must have been taken within no more than 48 hours before entering Germany and must meet the requirements of the Robert Koch Institute. This means that the test must have been performed no more than 48 hours prior to entry (time of swabbing - not the test result). The test result (negative or Covid-19 not detected) must be presented at the time of check- in/ Boarding.

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:








Lower Saxony


North Rhine-Westphalia







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 2.500,- Euro or a prison sentence of up to 6 months.

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 2.500,- Euro or a prison sentence of up to six months.

A mandatory 14-day quarantine generally applies to all passengers, including Irish and all citizens with residence in Ireland, immediately after entering the country. The quarantine period must be undertaken at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form. Excluded from this regulation are:

  • passengers from Northern Ireland, only if the journey starts there
  • patients travelling for urgent medical reasons
  • staff to ensure cross-border trade as long as they can provide a certificate of being exempt; e.g. drivers of heavy goods vehicles, aviation and maritime crew
  • transit passengers who arrive for the purpose of travelling to another state and who do not leave the port or airport
  • a few other special cases

You may only leave your place of residence during the quarantine period for unavoidable reasons of an emergency nature to protect a person’s health or welfare.

If you do not fulfill the legal requirement for mandatory quarantine you are committing an offence, and can be fined up to 2.500 Euro or get a prison sentence of up to 6 months, or both.

You may leave the house to take a PCR test no less than 5 days after your arrival. You will have to carry your appointment confirmation for your test with you for potential police checks. If you receive written confirmation that the result of this test is negative/ ‘not detected’ your period of quarantine can end. You must retain the written confirmation of your test result for at least 14 days.

If your journey began in South Africa or Brazil or if stayed there in the last 14 days, you must complete the full 14 days of quarantine – regardless of whether you have a negative test result. You may leave your quarantine to take a test after 5 days, however, whatever the result of the test, you must complete the 14 day period of quarantine.

Further information of quarantine regulations is offered by 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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