What Corona vaccination documents are needed when traveling inbound to Germany

Population till date: 83,932,800

Population to be vaccinated: 60 million

What vaccines: BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine /Moderna / Astrazeneca

Inbound travelers Covid-19 vaccination proof: Yes, but not yet determined what. Possible IATA travel pass or document you received the covid-19 Vaccine like Pfizer/BioNtech, Moderna or Oxford.

In the Bayern region Altötting the local mayor introduced the corona vaccination pass. (see image below)

·      A negative COVID-19 test proof

·      Inbound travelers quarantine: Self-isolate for 10 days

·      Subject to terminate after 5 days, in case of negative Corona Test

·      Travelers with no stay history from the red & orange zone area are exempted

·      Quarantine accommodation: State-approved Quarantine hotels

bayern corona vaccination pass

Roll out a covid-19 vaccination program

Along with other EU countries, Germany is fully geared up to kick off its vaccination program. The country received its first doses of the BioNTech-Pfizer in December for its 16 states and has officially begun the vaccination program on Dec 27. According to RKI public health institute, 265,986 (0.3% of the population) had received the first shot of the vaccine on midday Monday – the first day of the campaign.

“The vaccination centers are ready to go. The vaccination teams are in place,” German Health Minister Jens Spahn told a press conference in Berlin on Saturday [3]. Till now, more than 300,000 people have received vaccine shots.

Currently, the country is short on vaccines and collaborating with other partners to boost its vaccine stock.

Who will receive the Pfizer and Moderna corona vaccine first in Germany?

The government is focused on its elderly native aged over 80 first, along with health workers and hospital staff at particular risk. Apart from this, the country will be stocking up between 11 to 12 million doses of the vaccine by March to vaccinate 5.5 to 6 million people.

Source Link: https://de.statista.com/

When will the next Covid-19 vaccines be made available in Germany in 2021?

Another 2.68 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be delivered to all German states through February 1st.

“We will then quickly coordinate the exact delivery plans for this vaccine with the EU and the company,” the Health Minister announced on Monday.

 

How is Germany restarting tourism?

At present, the country along with other EU regions lies in red zone areas with a great increase in the infected people. As per the Federal and Länder Governments, from 2 November to at least 31 January, visas and accommodation are only applied for people whose travel is essential.

It is no longer permitted to provide overnight accommodation for tourism purposes, except in exceptional cases.

Germany – the law & order country, has been in the public eye a lot recently for its new announcement on witnessing a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus after Britain on 20 December [1].

“It is the first known case in Germany,” – the health ministry of Baden-Wuerttemberg on the new strain.

Like much of the rest of the world,  the country is under great stress and has extended the lockdown beyond January 10 to flatten the curve and to combat the spread of the new strain.

“I firmly assume that we will have to continue to live with restrictions,” – the Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller in December.

The country has recorded 1.6 million cases and nearly 30,000 deaths since the origin of the outbreak with  2,059,314 cases at present along with 48,105 deaths.

The country first reported its severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) on Jan 27, 2020, tested & confirmed by the Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority, Germany in German national employed by a company in the greater Munich area.

Impact of Corona Pandemic on Tourism and the Travel industry

Europe’s most popular cultural destination – Germany is the center attraction in the ‘old continent’ – loaded with 40 UNESCO World Heritage sites, alluring coastlands, 6,000-plus museums, acclaimed theatres, and orchestras to lure visitors across the globe.

Around 37 million international visitors visit Germany every year. The country collects a great addition of revenue i.e. around 9% (€310.9 billion) to its GDP alone from its tourism sector [2]. Likewise, approx. 5.7 million jobs (12.5 percent of the total workforce of Germany) are alone supported by the German travel industry.

 With this high proportion of tourism within Germany, the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry (BTW) has entitled ‘Tourism as an Economic Factor in Germany’ in 2017.

 At now,  the country is witnessing a great decline of 82 percent in its tourism sector which is equal to €104.1 million a day and is expected to lose €38 Billion by 2021.

“The lack of international travel caused by the pandemic could wipe out more than €38 billion from the German economy alone – a loss of €104.1 million a day – from which it could take many years to recover. It could also threaten Berlin’s position as one of the world’s premier hubs for business and leisure travel and could result in other destinations taking over,” Gloria Guevara- President World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) 

Further, according to projections from March 2020, the travel industry is likely to become the most affected country in Europe by the outbreak, with an estimated 4.6 million jobs at risk.

Roll out a covid-19 vaccination program

Along with other EU countries, Germany is fully geared up to kick off its vaccination program. The country received its first doses of the BioNTech-Pfizer in December for its 16 states and has officially begun the vaccination program on Dec 27. According to RKI public health institute, 265,986 (0.3% of the population) had received the first shot of the vaccine on midday Monday – the first day of the campaign.

“The vaccination centers are ready to go. The vaccination teams are in place,” German Health Minister Jens Spahn told a press conference in Berlin on Saturday [3]. Till now, more than 300,000 people have received vaccine shots.

Currently, the country is short on vaccines and collaborating with other partners to boost its vaccine stock.

Who will receive the Pfizer and Moderna corona vaccine first in Germany?

The government is focused on its elderly native aged over 80 first, along with health workers and hospital staff at particular risk. Apart from this, the country will be stocking up between 11 to 12 million doses of the vaccine by March to vaccinate 5.5 to 6 million people.

Source Link: https://de.statista.com/

When will the next Covid-19 vaccines be made available in Germany in 2021?

Another 2.68 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be delivered to all German states through February 1st.

“We will then quickly coordinate the exact delivery plans for this vaccine with the EU and the company,” the Health Minister announced on Monday.

 

How is Germany restarting tourism?

At present, the country along with other EU regions lies in red zone areas with a great increase in the infected people. As per the Federal and Länder Governments, from 2 November to at least 31 January, visas and accommodation are only applied for people whose travel is essential.

It is no longer permitted to provide overnight accommodation for tourism purposes, except in exceptional cases.

Entry restrictions [4]

 

Almost all country is restricted for entry in Germany expect:

 

  1. EU member states
  1. states associated with Schengen: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein
  2. Other countries, from which entry is possible due to the epidemiological situation assessment by the EU.

 

Digital entry registration

The country is practicing a Digital entry registration to track and prevent people from entering.

  • Travelers with a travel history of a risk area/ high incidence area/ virus variant area in the last 10 days before entering Germany must enroll at www.einreiseanmeldung.de before arriving in Germany and carry proof of registration with them upon entry. [5]
  • Travelers with no stopover in a risk area are exempted.

 

Note: Travelers are required to If, fill out a substitute registration on paper, complete a digital entry registration is not possible.

 

Quarantine regulations

The country has recently made some amendments to its existing quarantine policies to tighten the in & out move.

According to the new specimen regulation, the following changes are in place:

Travelers with high-risk area travel history

  • Register at www.einreiseanmeldung.de before entering the country and must have proof of this.
  • Must go through a SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus test before or immediately after entering the country,
  • Proceed directly to your destination following entry and
  • Self-isolate/quarantine there for ten days

 

People with no stay history in risk area(Exception: transit)

Travelers with no stay history are exempted from self-isolation at home. However, in the case of immediate leave from Germany, the specific regulations of the Länder would apply.

Exception: negative test result after 5 days

The ten-day quarantine will be demolished earlier in case of a negative test result for infection with coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 according to applicable regulations of the Länder.

 

Do I Need Covid-19 vaccination for Germany?

The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Germany[6]:

  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis)
  • Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid
  • Cholera
  • Yellow fever
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Rabies
  • Meningitis
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella (MMR)
  • Chickenpox
  • Shingles
  • Pneumonia
  • Influenza

 

People will be provided a yellow booklet which is called “vaccination record” (“Impfpass”, “Impfausweis” or “Impfbuch”) after getting vaccinated for the very first time in Germany.

 

The book would cover all inoculations details for future records.

 

Final Words

Germany has suspended travel in many of its prime regions to combat the risk of strain. However, the exceptions are provided for essential travel cases. If you’re in need to travel to Germany, must go through this post to know the prerequisite to safe travel in Germany.

 

REF

[1]https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-germany-variant/germany-reports-first-case-of-coronavirus-variant-spreading-in-britain-idUSKBN28Y1LO

[2]https://www.statista.com/topics/6046/tourism-industry-in-germany/

[3]https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-04/germany-to-extend-lockdown-amid-criticism-over-vaccine-rollout

[4]& [5]https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirus

[6] https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/germany