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Germany requires negative test result and registration for travellers from the Netherlands

From 6 April 2021, travellers from the Netherlands must be able to show a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival in Germany. There is also an obligation to register. However, there are exceptions.

The German government has decided to take preventative measures as from 6 April 2021 to prevent the spread of the corona virus – due to the high number of corona infections in the Netherlands.

Both the Dutch and German governments have requested for residents to only travel to Germany for a necessary purpose. For example, in the event of serious family circumstances. Or for work that cannot be postponed and where presence is required.

Negative test result and mandatory registration

For those travelling from the Netherlands to Germany by car, train, bus, boat or plane the following measures apply:

  • You must have a negative COVID-19 test result with you. This result may not be older than 48 hours after the result. Valid tests are PCR tests and antigen (rapid) tests. Children up to and including six years of age are excluded.

  • You must register before travelling to Germany using a form at Einreiseanmeldung.de. This obligation to register does not apply if you are travelling through and staying in Germany for a maximum of 24 hours.

  • For cross-border workers who commute across the border every week you must also register once a week before you cross the border.

  • Travellers will be fined if they can not provide proof of negative test result.

  • The German police randomly check whether travellers have a proof of the negative COVID-19 test results on their person.

Exceptions for the obligation to provide a negative test result

There are a number of exceptions:

  • Border commuters (employees, school pupils, students and people who cross the border at least once a week to take care of family members) must have a negative test result that is no more than 72 hours old. This means about two tests per working week. In addition, they must also apply online once a week before crossing the border.

  • Parents who take their child to school and return immediately do not need to show a test result.

  • Persons working in the transport sector, passenger and goods traffic are exempted from the test requirement if their stay is less than 72 hours.

  • A special arrangement applies to inland navigation whereby skippers/personnel can go into quarantine on their ships.

  • For transport staff, the 24-hour exemption from the registration obligation applies.

Requirements for the negative test result and test certificate

In Germany, the PCR test, the antigen (rapid) test and a self-test under supervision are suitable. You must be able to show a certificate with a negative result. The certificate must contain at least the following information in German, French or English:

  • type of test;

  • test result;

  • your name and surname;

  • the date and time you were tested;

  • the date and time of the result;

  • the name, contact details (lab/company);

  • the signature of the person who administered the test.

Test locations when working, studying or going to school in Germany

Are you a Dutch border commuter who works in Germany? Or do you go to school in Germany? You can get tested at several locations in Germany. For example, you can do this at your employer's office, at your school or at one of the testing locations near the border.

You may therefore cross the border before taking the test. You will need to have proof with you that you work in Germany. Or that you are studying or going to school there.

Testing by a Dutch employer

Are you a Dutch employer with employees in Germany? You can have your employees tested. There is also a financial arrangement for this.

Commercial testing facilities

You can also go to a commercial testing centre. You will have to pay for this.

The Dutch GGD does not issue test certificates for travelling abroad.

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