The Embassy is open and available by phone (+353 (0) 1 2776 100) and by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.
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.
1. Digital entry registration
Upon entry into Germany, travellers from a risk area must register online before travelling and have proof of their registration with them when entering Germany if they stayed in a risk area in the ten days prior to arrival.
Exempt from registering digitally are travellers
• who were solely passing through a risk area without stopping over,
• who are only in transit through and leaving the Federal Republic of Germany as quickly as possible to finish their transit journey,
• who, in the context of border traffic, spent less than 24 hours in a risk area or who will be spending a maximum of 24 hours in the Federal Republic of Germany,
• in few other special cases.
2. Mandatory testing, proof for travellers who are vaccinated or have recovered from a Covid-19-infection upon entry:
Travelers six years of age and older must be able to provide the following proof when travelling from Ireland to Germany:
If entering Germany by air:
- negative Covid-19 test result or
- proof of complete Covid-19 vaccination or
- proof of recovery from a Covid-19 infection.
Proof is required prior to entry and must be presented to the airline prior to travel.
If travellers stayed in a risk area and enter Germany by means other than air travel (e.g., by car):
- negative Covid-19 test result or
- proof of complete Covid-19 vaccination or
- recovery from a Covid-19- infection.
Proof must be available no later than 48 hours after entry.
The same exceptions apply as for the digital entry application; i.e. in particular for persons,
- who have only passed through a risk area and have not had a stopover,
- are only passing through Germany and are leaving the country again by the quickest route, and
- in the context of border traffic, for persons who have been in a risk area for less than 24 hours or who only enter Germany for up to 24 Hours.
Detailed information on mandatory testing, proof for travellers who are vaccinated or have recovered from a Covid-19-infection upon entry can be found on the website of the German Federal Foreign Office and on the website of the German Federal Ministry of Health.
3. Requirements for testing and proof of vaccination or recovery:
Detailed information on the requirements for testing and proof of Covid-19 vaccination or recovery from a Covid-19 infection can be found on the website of the German Federal Ministry of Health.
In principle, the following is accepted as proof:
For those who tested negative:
- A negative result of a PCR or PoC-PCR test in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish. The test must be performed no more than 72 hours prior to entry (time of swabbing).
Alternatively, a negative result of a rapid antigen test in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish. If travellers had stayed in a risk area, the rapid antigen test must be carried out no more than 48 hours before entry.
Details on the recognition of tests are provided by the Robert Koch Institute on its website.
Note: For travellers who stayed in a high- incidence area, the rapid antigen test must be done no more than 48 hours prior to entry. For travellers who stayed in areas of variants of concern, the rapid antigen- test must be done no more than 24 hours prior to entry.
For vaccinated persons:
- Proof of Covid- 19 vaccinations in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish in digital or paper form (for example yellow WHO vaccination certificate booklet). The vaccination must have been given with a vaccine listed on the website of the Paul Ehrlich Institute. There must be at least 14 days between the last necessary vaccination and entry into Germany.
For travellers who have recovered from a Covid-19 infection:
- Positive PCR test result from at least 28 days ago but no older than 6 months.
In Germany, quarantine obligations apply according to the Ordinance on Coronavirus entry regulations of the Federal Ministry of Health of May 12, 2021.
According to this new entry regulation, when entering Germany with a previous stay in a risk area, high- incidence area or areas of variants of concern within the last 10 days, all travellers must
- go to their destination immediately after entering Germany and
- isolate themselves there for 10 days (quarantine).
After a stay in areas of variants of concern, travellers must quarantine for 14 days instead of 10 days.
Travellers can find more information on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.
Exemptions from the quarantine requirement:
Exempt from the quarantine requirement are persons who
- have only passed through a risk area or high- incidence area and have not had a stopover there,
- only pass through Germany and leave the country by the quickest route, or
- in the context of border traffic: persons who have been in a risk area for less than 24 hours or who enter Germany only for up to 24 Hours.
No exceptions apply to travellers from areas of variants of concern.
The Federal Ministry of Health provides further information on its website.
Shortening of quarantine for travellers who have a negative Covid-19 test, are vaccinated or have recovered from a Covid-19 infection:
For travellers from risk areas and high-incidence areas, quarantine is mandatory until proof of full vaccination, recovery from infection, or a negative test result is submitted through the website where you can register your entry into Germany digitally.
More information on the requirements for a test or to proof that you are vaccinated or have recovered from a Covid-19 infection can be found above in the section of the question “What do I need to consider when entering Germany from Ireland?”
For entries from high-incidence areas, you can leave quarantine if you receive a negative test result no earlier than five days after entry.
For entries from areas of a virus variant of concern, there is no possibility to shorten the quarantine period. It is always 14 days.
The Federal Foreign Office warns against all non-essential, touristic travels to Ireland with the exceptions of the regions South-West, Mid-West, South-East, West ad Midlands.
The Federal Foreign Office advices against all non-essential, touristic travels to the other regions.
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 many countries. Persons entering Germany from risk areas or by air must complete a digital entry registration, undergo mandatory testing or provide proof of immunity, and comply with quarantine regulations.