Travel to Germany

Covid-19 travel advice

Travel to Germany from the UK is currently restricted. For the most up-to-date information, please visit and the website of the German Embassy London.

Post-Brexit travel advice for schools and groups

The rules for travelling to Germany changed on 1 January 2021:

  • Travellers visiting Germany will not need a visa for visits shorter than 90 days within any 180-day period. This applies to travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training.
  • If you are planning to stay in Germany for longer than 90 days, e.g to study, you will need to meet the German government’s entry requirements. Please refer to the UK government’s Living in Germany guide and contact the German Embassy London if you have any questions.
  • Schools and groups will no longer be able to use the list of travellers scheme.

Check how the new rules affect you here.

For general advice on how to prepare for visits to Germany planned from 2021 and beyond, you can find out more on the website.


  • For travellers with current EHIC cards, they will remain valid until they expire.
  • As of 1 January 2021, European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) held by UK residents will be gradually phased out and replaced by Global Health Insurance Cards (GHICs). 
  • If you are travelling to the EU, you can apply for a free GHIC, which gives you the right to access emergency state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in Germany.

Further information on travel insurance can be found on the relevant webpages.

UK border advice

If you are travelling with a group of young people, take a look at the advice on faster travel through the UK border from the Home Office.

Safe travels!