Do I need to observe a mandatory quarantine after entering Germany? May I undergo a COVID-19 test, instead?

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The German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community maintains it’s official, up-to-date information (in English) on test requirements, mandatory quarantine, and on regions that are classified as COVID-19 risk areas at https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/EN/topics/civil-protection/coronavirus/quarantine/do-people-entering-germany-have-to-go-into-quarantine.html

Our course venue is located in the federal state of North-Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). The internet portal of NRW provides a page with Multilingual information about the Coronavirus that may be of interest for you.

A few things that should be noted:

  • The best strategy to avoid being quarantined and missing your course is to stay out of the designated risk areas for at least 14 days before traveling to Germany, and of course to choose a route of travel that keeps you outside of them. If this is absolutely impossible for you, familiarize yourself with what COVID-19 test results (test type, and maximum age) are accepted when you enter Germany (again, visit the link mentioned above).
  • Regularly check whether the starting point of your travel is within a classified risk area. This may change on very short notice.
  • Risk areas may be also be mere regions or even cities within countries that are otherwise considered to be safe places to start your travel from. It is therefor not recommended to rely on vague media reports which “countries” are allegedly considered “safe” by German border authorities. Take your time to visit the link mentioned above.
  • The Federal Ministry delegates the task of designating risk areas (and what virus tests are acceptable for people traveling from such areas to Germany) to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), and consequently links to their website. There, you can find an English translation at the bottom of the respective page – make sure you always pick the most recent PDF listed in the “English archive” section, upon every visit of the page. Make sure you do not bookmark any soon-to-be-outdated PDF, but instead the page that contains the full archive of all translations!