Mandatory testing regulations for SARS-CoV-2 for travelers entering Baden-Württemberg (as of March 26, 2021)
The basis for entry into the Federal Republic of Germany is the Ordinance for the protection from the risk of infection due to entry in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus upon determination of an epidemic situation of national significance by the German Bundestag (CoronaEinreiseV). This specifies the conditions of entry. Special regulations apply to areas in which many infections or mutations of the coronavirus have been detected recently.
The classification into risk areas, high-incidence areas and virus variant areas is carried out by Federal Ministry of Health, the Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community. The corresponding areas are posted on the Robert-Koch-Institute’s website every day. If an area is classified accordingly, this also has implications for travelers entering Baden-Württemberg. According to the federal government coronavirus entry regulation, a negative coronavirus test must generally be carried out when entering from risk areas, high-incidence areas or virus variant areas and must be presented upon request.
Cross-border commuters: individuals residing in Baden-Württemberg, who go abroad to engage in their occupation, studies or training and who return to their place of residence regularly, at least once a week.
Cross-border travelers: individuals residing abroad who come to Baden-Württemberg to engage in their occupation, studies or training and who return to their place of residence regularly, at least once a week.
The visitors of close family members are considered to be individuals who enter the state in order to visit a first-degree relative, a spouse, life or domestic partner not from the same household or due to shared custody or access rights.
For people entering from risk areas (in accordance with § 3 paragraph 1 CoronaEinreiseV), a general exemption from mandatory testing and providing proof currently applies to cross-border commuters and travelers and to visitors of close relatives for stays of less than 72 hours.
- For people entering from high-incidence areas, who enter at least twice a week, proof of two negative tests per week is sufficient.
- For travelers from high-incidence areas who enter only on two consecutive days, proof of one negative test per week is sufficient.
- If no current evidence of a test is presented upon entry, the relevant test can also be carried out immediately after entry.
Only certain groups of people are exempt from mandatory testing and providing proof, such as
- People who have traveled through the high-incidence area without stopping
- People who are entering in transit to the Federal Republic
- People who transport passengers, goods or merchandise across borders for job-related reasons for less than 72 hours
- People to whom the competent authorities have issued exemptions in justified individual cases
In addition, employees of the police, fire department and rescue services in Baden-Württemberg are exempt from the obligation to test and provide proof when deployed across borders.
In the case of virus variant areas, no relaxation applies with regard to mandatory testing and providing proof (§ 4 para. 3 CoronaEinreiseV).
- The tests can be carried out at major coronavirus practices of the Baden-Württemberg Association of Health Insurance.
- The tests can be carried at major coronavirus practices of the Baden-Württemberg Association of Health Insurance.
- The tests can be carried out at pharmacies. You can find details of the pharmacy test program at https://www.lak-bw.de/service/patient/antigen-schnelltests.html.
- The tests can be carried out at community or other test centers.
- The tests can be carried out by family doctors.
- Test options are also provided increasingly at companies and by employers.
- Testing does not have to take place in Baden-Württemberg. Proof of tests are also recognized in the area from which the traveler enters. For example, French or Swiss citizens can also have tests done in their home town or country.
- The state of Baden-Württemberg pays for the test program for all those entering the state. This entitlement exists in line with the citizen testing program in accordance with the coronavirus test ordinance.
- The costs of testing are assumed regardless of the individual’s nationality or place of residence.
- To have a test carried out, no qualifying documentation has to be presented.
- The tested individual receives a certificate upon giving a negative test. The tested individual is obliged to carry the latest certificate in each case when crossing the border and to present it to the relevant authorities on request.
- If the test result is positive, the individual also receives an appropriate certificate and must go into quarantine at home immediately (isolation based on the coronavirus ordinance). The test center will forward the positive test result to the responsible health department (in accordance with § 6 IfSG).