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1. Processing of visa applications
Applications of residents in Romania for a visa to the German Embassy can be submitted as normal without restrictions due to COVID-19. Please take note of the general information on visa applications.
2. Simplified procedure for new visas
I. National visa (for long stays; D visa)
The entry restrictions may mean that you are not able to use a national visa issued by the Embassy in Bucharest prior to the entry into force of the entry restrictions on 17 March 2020 during its period of validity.
As soon as travel is possible again, a new national visa can therefore be issued as part of the simplified procedure upon application. This fast‑track procedure will be available if your date of travel has changed, but the purpose of your stay and destination remain unaltered.
An informal application for the issue of a new visa under a simplified procedure must be submitted to the Embassy in Bucharest no later than 21 September 2020. To this end, the contact form can be used. It is possible that up‑to‑date documents proving that the applicant still fulfils the requirements for a visa will have to be submitted. Another interview or appointment booking is not necessary.
II. Schengen visa (for short stays of up to 90 days; C visa)
A new Schengen visa (stays of up to 90 days within a period of 180 days, C visa) can be issued under the simplified procedure in the following two cases:
- If a C visa already issued could not be used due to the COVID‑19 pandemic.
- If an application for a C visa was withdrawn by the applicant due to the entry restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID‑19 pandemic.
However, it is only possible to issue a C visa under the simplified procedure
- in the case of visas with a validity of a maximum of 90 days (i.e. particularly not in the case of multiannual visas).
- The visa must have been originally applied for at the Embassy in Bucharest.
- Furthermore, the purpose and destination of the intended trip must not have changed.
An informal application for a new visa under the simplified procedure can still be made up to and including 24 November 2020 at the Embassy in Bucharest. To this end, the contact form can be used. It is possible that up‑to‑date documents proving that the applicant still fulfils the requirements for a visa will have to be submitted. In particular, a new declaration of commitment is necessary if more than six months have passed between the date on which the old declaration of commitment was submitted and the date on which the new visa application is submitted. Another interview or appointment booking is not necessary.
3. Restrictions on entry to Germany
For Germany, travel restrictions apply for entry from a large number of countries. Please check with the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI) prior to your trip to find out what regulations apply specifically with regard to the country from which you plan to enter Germany.
In principle, entry is possible from:
- EU member states
- states associated with Schengen: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
- the United Kingdom
- Other countries, from which entry is possible due to the epidemiological situation assessment by the EU.
4. Quarantine regulations and COVID‑19 tests upon entry into Germany
The Robert-Koch-Institut has declared several Romanian districts being Risk areas.
Travellers from these areas are obliged to immediately go into quarantine for 14 days. Forthermore, a COVID-19 test is mandatory within 14 days. Furthermore, a COVID-19 test is mandatory within 14 days after entry into Germany.
In principle, travellers who enter from districts not listed by the Robert-Koch-Institute are not obliged to go into quarantine. However, quarantine may be necessary if travellers have stayed in a risk area at any time within 14 days prior to entry into Germany. In such cases the competent authorities may determine that a negative test result shall be produced or a COVID-19 test shall be carried out within 14 days after entry into Germany. The implementation is carried out by the Länder.
Upon entry into Germany following a stay in a risk area within the last 14 days
- you must proceed directly to your destination following entry into Germany,
- self-isolate at home until a negative test result is available (for more details on this see Exception: proven negative test result [Ankerlink]), provide proof of the negative test result to the competent authorities, as a rule the health office, upon request, and
- email or phone your competent authority, as a rule the health office in your place of residence/accommodation. If travellers have filled in and submitted a disembarkation card on the plane, ship, bus or train, they do not have to register again after entry.
Travellers can find more information on the newly introduced mandatory tests here.
The obligation to self-isolate at home does not apply in the case of transit through Germany. In this case, however, you are obliged to leave Germany immediately.
If you can prove that you are not infected with COVID‑19, no quarantine is necessary in most Länder. However, some Länder require you to take another test after a few days.
This proof must take the form of a medical certificate. The molecular test to detect an infection must have been conducted no more than 48 hours prior to entry (i.e. the result must be no more than 48 hours old upon entry). The test must have been carried out in a European Union member state or a state with comparable quality standards.
Alternatively, the test may be carried out upon entry
- at the border crossing point or
- at the place where you are staying.
The test is free for travellers up to 72 hours after entry and can be conducted at airports, for example.
The test result must be retained for at least 14 days after entry – regardless of whether the test was conducted prior to or following entry. It must be submitted to the health office upon request.