Germany reopens visa applications to vaccinated South Africans

Germany has again eased the travel ban on fully vaccinated South African visitors. According to the Deutsche Vertretungenin Südafrika, Lesotho und Eswatini‘s latest press release, “With effect from 04.01.2022 the Federal Republic of Germany no longer lists South Africa, Lesotho and Eswatini as areas of variants of concern. This implies that most of the travel restrictions have been lifted.

The three countries are now being designated as high risk countries. Some entry restrictions remain in place.

This means that South Africans, while we still have to apply for a Schengen visa, will not have to quarantine in Germany as long as we are fully vaccinated with the approved vaccines in the correct manner. Aside from the Covid-19 requirements, the visa application process is the same as under non-Covid-regulations.

According to the website, “Travellers who have stayed in South Africa… in the last ten days before entry into Germany must register [for a digital registration] at before arriving in Germany and carry proof of registration with them upon entry.

There are several requirements in place for visitors to Germany, and you will find a full list of all these on the on the consular services website.

The above information is for informative purposes only. The situation is constantly evolving. All information is correct at time of publishing but is subject to change at any time at the discretion of the relevant government authorities. If you are travelling, it is crucial that you check on the situation and have all necessary paperwork in order, as British T.I.P.S. cannot be held responsible for failure to travel if passengers have not confirmed and adhered to all requirements. All other usual travel rules apply, including valid passport, visa requirements, etcetera, and that being vaccinated is not the only criteria required to enter Germany.

Please note that British TIPS does not issue visas for any country, and we are unable to assist you with visa applications. 

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