Published on Nov 10th, 2020
During the recent months, entry to Germany for non-essential functions was either not possible at all, or allowed only in very specific cases. Now, as we are facing a second wave of Covid-19, a new approach is being taken by the German government.
Starting from November 9th, 2020 the German government introduced a new digital tool enabling tracking of a new entry in a more efficient way. It can be found at https://einreiseanmeldung.de
This new online form connecting the health offices throughout Germany is available for all groups of people including business travelers, new hires, and ICT-card holders to enter Germany. The government wishes to digitalize the tracking of people during the quarantine.
The digital form is available in various languages but the list of the countries that need to be filled in on the very first page has not been translated yet so it is crucial for international travelers to know the German name of the country they enter from.
The US for example is listed under Vereinigte Staaten, UK is Vereinigtes Königreich, South Africa – Südafrika, UAE – Vereinigte Arabische Emirate.
Up until now, passengers were given a paper Passenger Locator Form to fill out that needed to be filed to respective health authorities.
Entry Documents Requirement
In order to enter Germany for business, not only immigration rules need to be followed. Special rules apply on top of the above-mentioned form. Hence, there needs to be a valid reason meaning the trip cannot be postponed and the job cannot be performed virtually. Relevant proofs are required.
Such proof can be an invitation letter from the company in Germany, an order contract from a client in Germany. Moreover, a special form (Declaration of the Necessary Business Trip) needs to be fill-out and ink signed by the inviting part. This form needs to be issued in German.
In order to ensure a smooth entry, we strongly advise getting professional help to organise the entry documents. Professional consultants can also get a pre-approval from the border control officers prior to the trip.
If you have any questions or would like to obtain a pre-approval for entry to Germany, feel free to contact our team.