Temporary restriction of non-essential travel from third countries into the EU

19.03.2020 - Article

On 17 March 2020, Heads of State or Government of the Schengen Member States together with their counterparts of the Schengen Associated States have decided to apply a temporary restriction of non-essential travel from third countries into the EU area.

On 01 July 2020, these travel restrictions were extended for residents of Kenya, Somalia and the Seychelles as well as Burundi and Eritrea until further notice.  Travel restrictions can only be lifted if the country of residence is entered into a “positive list”. It is checked on a regular basis if countries can be entered onto this list and the Embassy will publish without delay once there relevant changes.

Exceptions from the entry restrictions apply to:

  • EU citizens and their family members
  • Non-EU citizens and their family members with long-term residence permit for the EU
  • Non-EU citizens with essential functions, such as scientists, diplomats, airline crews
  • Health care professionals such as doctors or nurses
  • Non-EU students where the university requires personal presence for their studies
  • Highly qualified employees whose work is deemed economically essential and which cannot be done from abroad

If your intended purpose of stay falls under the exemptions from the entry restrictions for long-term stays, please continue down the page to “Long stay more than 90 days”, e. g. to attend university, work or join a family member in Germany.                                

If you have applied for a Schengen visa (short-term business trips, visits or tourist trips) with a travel date within the entry stop, you can either revoke your application and re-apply at a time when travel again will be possible or your application will be decided upon on the basis of the current factual and legal situation.                                

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