Changes to entry into the USA

Entry into the USA
As of 8 November 2021, there will be entry facilitation for fully vaccinated travellers from the Schengen area and other countries to the USA. Further details, e.g. on COVID testing prior to entry or on proof of vaccination, will be published by the Federal Foreign Office as soon as they are known.

So far, anyone who has been vaccinated with COVID vaccines authorised in the USA by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or with the COVID vaccines approved on the WHO as emergency vaccines is considered fully vaccinated.

Please note that until 8 November 2021:
The entry ban issued by Presidential Proclamation for persons who have been in Germany, another Schengen Area country, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, China, Iran, India, and South Africa within a 14-day period prior to entry into the United States will continue to apply for the time being. Exemptions for US citizens, permanent legal residents of the US (“green card” holders), close relatives of US citizens, diplomats or employees of international organisations also continue to apply. Further details on other exceptions and the issuance of National Interest Exceptions (NIE) are published by the US missions in Germany.

Travellers must present a negative Corona test (PCR test or antigen test) to the airline before entering the USA (electronically or in paper form), which must not be older than three days. Persons who have been infected with COVID-19 within three months prior to departure must provide the airline with appropriate proof. Masks are compulsory during the flight and at the airports.

A further Corona test within three to five days of entry is recommended. The quarantine recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),, as well as state and local quarantine regulations must be observed.

Transit and onward travel
The entry ban also severely restricts the possibility of airport transit. For persons who have stayed in Germany or other Schengen Area countries in the 14 days prior to travel, airport transit is currently generally not possible.

The land borders with Mexico and Canada will initially remain closed to passenger traffic until 21 October 2021. Information on exceptions is published by the Department of Homeland Security.

Travel connections
There are regular, direct travel connections to Germany and other European countries.

Restrictions in the country
There continue to be restrictions on public life in several states.

Hygiene rules
In many states, there is a requirement to wear mouth-nose protection in public.


  • Continue to exercise extra caution when travelling.
  • When entering Germany, pay attention to the applicable entry requirements regarding registration, quarantine and verification regulations (complete vaccination or proof of recovery or current negative COVID-19 test).
  • Before departure, enquire about the entry requirements at the responsible US representation in Germany and observe the respective quarantine regulations of the USA at state and local level.
  • When travelling within the country, observe the locally varying hygiene and distance regulations, especially the advice of the local authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Furthermore, the Department of State warns against non-essential tourist travel to the USA (source: