09 April 2020
We advise all Irish citizens in Germany to register their details with us so that we can contact you or your family in case of emergency. You can register online at the following link www.dfa.ie/travel/citizens-registration/
Please remember to carry official ID with you at all times and to carry your Anmeldung if resident in Germany.
Important travel advice update:
On the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team the Government is advising against all non-essential travel overseas until further notice - more details can be found here. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all cruise ship travel.
Those needing to return to Ireland should arrange to do so IMMEDIATELY. There have been signifcant reductions in the number of flights between Ireland & Germany and further reductions are expected.
Reflecting new border entry requirements introduced to contain the spread of COVID-19, anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland, will be required to restrict their movements on arrival for 14 days. This includes Irish residents.
Essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff are exempt.
Further details on the restrictions are available here.
Important COVID-19 Travel Advisory for Germany affecting irish citizens
On the basis of advice received from the German authorities we are advising Irish citizens (unless legally resident in Germany) to avoid non-essential travel to Germany at this time. Those who are legally resident in Germany must be prepared to show proof of residency to border guards.
Passengers can continue to transit through German airports but should be aware that connectivity from German airports to Ireland is being reduced. Accordingly, passengers should confirm their onward flights with airlines.
Irish citizens can continue to transit through Germany if they are returning to Ireland and there is no alternative travel option available. This includes entry by land to travel to a German airport for onward travel to Ireland. The purpose of travel, and the entry requirements for the destination and transit countries, must be proven.
Passengers transiting via Germany should be aware that connectivity from German airports to Ireland has been greatly reduced and accordingly should confirm their onward flights with airlines.
Those travelling for urgent medical treatment as attested by a doctor should also be permitted to enter Germany. We advise anyone in this situation to contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for assistance.
People showing symptoms of the Covid-19 coronavirus will not be allowed to enter Germany.
As of 10 April 2020, anybody entering Germany from abroad, whether by land, sea or air, must undertake a 14-day quarantine at their home or other suitable accommodation. They are furthermore required to contact their responsible local authority to let them know that they are quarantining for this reason. If they develop symptoms, they must also inform their responsible local authority.
Those in quarantine will be monitored by the responsible authority and infringements may incur fines of up to €10,000.
Passengers in transit, commuter workers, travellers on urgent business, those travelling for urgent medical reasons and those transporting goods will be exempt.
Further information is available on the website of the Germany Foreign Ministry at:
Embassy appointments system
In order to contribute to containment efforts and to ensure continuity of our consular services, the Embassy is now operating with reduced on-site staffing. Our phone lines remain open at normal times but the Embassy’s public office is operating strictly on an appointment only basis. Individuals with symptoms of Covid 19, who have had contact with a confirmed case or who returned from a high risk area should not come to the Embassy.
Appointments must be made in advance by phoning us on +49 (0)30 220720 or visiting the Contact Us page on our website and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please bear in mind that these arrangements may be subject to change depending on developments.
Our out of hours duty service also continues as normal and Irish citizens who require urgent assistance can leave a message on our answering machine outside of normal working hours.
Postponement of Embassy Of Ireland events
As the global health situation evolves, we have taken the decision to postpone all events at the Embassy for the foreseeable future.
Whilst unfortunate, this decision was taken on health & well-being grounds and we would hope to be in position to convene these events at later dates.
We encourage you to continue to follow the guidelines put forward by local and federal health authorities to protect yourself and others from the Covid-19 coronavirus, and to ensure prompt treatment if need arises. As the situation is evolving rapidly, the following websites which are updated regularly, are recommended: