COVID-19 Testing for Travellers

Anyone entering Hamburg from risk areas must register and spend 10 days in isolation. As of Tuesday, 18 May 2021 there are some options to shorten or avoid the isolation period: travellers can test for COVID-19 or show proof of vaccination or recovery.

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Information on Testing for COVID-19 After Travelling or Returning to Hamburg

Entry from risk areas

All travellers entering Hamburg from risk areas (Risikogebiete), whether they travel by plane, train or car, must report to the public health department (Gesundheitsamt). This can be done at (English and other languages available) from a mobile/cell phone or computer.

Generally, anyone entering Hamburg from a risk area must put themselves in isolation for at least 10 days. However, this isolation period may be shortened or avoided altogether by testing negative or showing proof of vaccination or recovery:

  • Persons with proof of full vaccination with a vaccine approved by the EU (Impfnachweis) or proof of recovery from an infection with COVID-19 within the past 6 months (Genesenennachweis) do not have to undergo testing after they enter Hamburg, and they do not have to put themselves in isolation.
  • Persons entering from a risk area who are not fully vaccinated or recovered can undergo testing for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. They may either be tested by PoC antigen rapid testing (valid for 24 hours after testing) or PCR testing (valid for 48 hours after testing).
  • Children under the age of six do not have to test negative or show proof of vaccination or recovery.

High-risk and virus variant areas

Travellers who have stayed in a high-risk area within 10 days before entering Hamburg must put themselves in isolation for at least 10 days. High-risk areas include areas with an especially high number of COVID-19 cases (Hochinzidenzgebiet) and areas with a high incidence of certain highly contagious variants of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (Virusvarianten-Gebiet)

Anyone experiencing symptoms of a COVID-19-related illness within 10 days of entry from a risk area must report to the local public health office and follow their recommendations.

A list of areas that qualify as risk areas according to the guidelines published by the Robert Koch Institute can be found here.

Testing for access and safety

In Hamburg, anyone can get one free antigen rapid test per day at testing centres throughout the city. For a map of testing centre locations or pharmacies offering testing in your area, see here (German only).

Thanks to regular testing, many cultural and business facilities around Hamburg can be made accessible to visitors; testing also provides safety for everyone and helps contain the spread of COVID-19.

For more English information on COVID-related restrictions in Hamburg, see our FAQs.

COVID-19 Testing