Travel to Germany
Covid-19 travel advice
Currently, minors aged 12-17 is are only allowed to enter Germany if they have an urgent need or if they have been fully vaccinated (with two doses of vaccine). In the United Kingdom, minors receive only one dose of vaccine and are then considered fully vaccinated, which is not recognised by Germany. For further details, please see the website of the German Embassy London.
The timing of a second dose for minors in the UK will be confirmed at a later date. Please see the gov.uk website for updates.
Each federal state in Germany also has its own regulations regarding international pupil exchange. An overview is available on the website of the German exchange network ‘Austausch macht Schule’ (information in German only).
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.
- As of 1 October 2021 schools and groups are no longer able to use the list of travellers scheme.
Further details on visa regulations for young people from Germany wishing to stay in the UK, including information on exchanges and educational visits, can be found in the Home Office’s Visit guidance.
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 gov.uk 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 gov.uk 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.