The outbreak of COVID-19 has consequences for entrepreneurs doing business in or with Germany. Germany is divided into several states, which each have a degree of autonomy. The federal and state governments share powers in several areas, such as civil law, public welfare, consumer protection, and public health. As such, measures against the spread of COVID-19 may differ per state. Check with your local contact, supplier or business partner for more information.
Coronavirus measures in Germany
On 6 May, Merkel announced steps to relax the coronavirus measures in Germany. Decisions about how, when and where the measures will be relaxed are made on a city, state and region level. This means that measures may differ greatly across the country. For example, one region may be on lockdown while the neighbouring region is not. For the measures that apply in your state, consult your local authorities.
- To relax the coronavirus measures, the infection rate must be below 50 per 100,000 residents in a city or region. If the infection rate passes this number, the city or region has to take harsher measures to stop the spread of coronavirus. These measures depend on the nature of the outbreak.
- The 'contact ban' is still in place, but only partially. You can now meet up with people, but only with those from one household or family at a time.
- Hygiene and distance rules still apply. This means keeping a distance of 1.5 metres from others in public spaces.
- You must wear a mask over your nose and mouth, but the type and when you have to wear it, for example, in public transport, differs per state.
- Quarantine is mandatory if you have been outside of Germany for several days.
Support for German enterprises
The German Federal government offers information for German entrepreneurs on:
- support for employees and employers.
- rescue packs for companies.
- emergency assistance for micro-enterprises, freelancers and one-person businesses.
Travelling to Germany
- The border between Germany and the Netherlands is still open, but there are conditions for crossing. Check the information provided by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community on border checks and travel restrictions.
- There may be more checks carried out on those crossing the border for 'urgent reasons'.
- If you are travelling across the border for work, you can use the 'commuter declaration' (in German). It is not compulsory but may help if you get checked.
- A two-week mandatory quarantine is in place for those entering Germany after having been outside the country for several days.
- Commuters, those who have to travel for their profession and carriers/transporters are exempted from the quarantine measures.
- The German government has decided to close its borders with Austria, Denmark, France,Luxembourg and Switzerland, except for several designated crossing points. Read the rules concerning the land borders in further detail.
- Consult the list of designated crossing points to Austria, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, and Switzerland.
Veterinary and phytosanitary measures
Contact the agricultural attaché and the agricultural team in Germany for your questions via email.