1. Restrictions on entry to Germany
As a rule, entry from Taiwan is not possible due to existing entry restrictions. More information is available below under the heading.
For Germany, travel restrictions apply for entry from a large number of countries. Please check with the prior to your trip to find out what regulations apply specifically with regard to the country from which you plan to enter Germany.
In principle, entry is possible from:
- EU member states
- states associated with Schengen: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
- the United Kingdom
- other countries, from which entry is possible due to the epidemiological situation assessment by the EU.
Entry from other countries is only possible in exceptional cases and is conditional on there being an urgent Need.
2. Short-term Visit in Germany
- Applications complying with the exceptions to the entry restrictions (pursuant to the notification from the European Commission of 16 March 2020 – 155 final):
- healthcare professionals and health researchers, care professionals
- cross-border workers, transport personnel employed in the movement of goods and other essential sectors (e.g. air crews)
- diplomats, staff of international organisations, military personnel, humanitarian aid workers insofar as they are performing official duties
- passengers in transit (including those being repatriated to their homeland with consular assistance)
- passengers travelling for imperative family reasons
- persons in need of international protection
- travelling for other humanitarian reasons, including urgent medical reasons. A form for confirming the existence of urgent medical reasons for entry can be found
- Business travellers, for the Purpose of Taking up Employment, or to attend trade fairs.
- self-employed persons
- trade fair participants
- congress participants
The prerequisite for entry as a skilled worker or highly qualified employee is proof of an obligation to be present in Germany (e.g. employment contract) and prima facie evidence that employment is necessary from an economic perspective and that the work cannot be postponed or carried out from abroad (by presentation of verification from the employer/contractor). Economic necessity refers to economic relations and/or Germany’s economy or that of the single market.
Here you can download the Declaration to essential Business travel to Germany PDF / 173 KB
Relevant documentation must be presented in the course of the visa application process (if there is a visa requirement), carried during the trip and, if necessary, presented to border control personnel.
Unmarried Partners from third countries enter Germany
Unmarried partners are permitted to enter Germany for the purpose of short-term visits of max. 90 days within 180 days. For more Details, please check the following link:
Unmarried Partners from third countries enter Germany
3. Processing of visa applications
In cases where exceptions apply which allow entry to Germany, travellers can contact the German Institute Taipei via the contact form. You can find a list of these exceptions further down under the heading Urgent need. Visas can currently only be issued in the specific exceptional cases listed below:
- Applications for family reunification
- Applications from skilled workers from the following categories:
- skilled workers with a concrete job offer as defined by the Skilled Immigration Act and as evidenced by the Declaration regarding a contract of employment (Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis)
- scientists/Researchers and Teachers
- secondments and in-company transfers (ICT) restricted to managers and specialists
- IT experts
- employment in particular public interest
- Students whose studies cannot be performed entirely from outside Germany. This exemption applies to all those who have either
1. a (conditional or unconditional) notification of admission from the educational establishment, even if preceded by a language course or an internship, or
2. intend to enter the country for a preparatory language course or internship without notification of admission.
3. University applicants, only when a date for an entrance examination has been set.
Apprentices who are completing a qualified training course. This must be a training course for a state-recognised or similarly accredited training occupation with a planned duration of at least two years. A prerequisite is submission of confirmation from the training provider that it is necessary for them to enter Germany even taking the current pandemic situation into account (actual, not merely online presence).
Participants in additional training opportunities with the goal of having vocational training courses completed abroad recognised. Here, too, confirmation is required from the training provider that it is necessary for them to enter Germany even taking the current pandemic situation into account (actual, not merely online presence).
School pupils who attend a school for a period of at least six months (possibly with a prior language course if proof of school registration is provided at the beginning of the language course). Here, too, confirmation is required from the training provider that it is necessary for them to enter Germany even taking the current pandemic situation into account (actual, not merely online presence).
Entries for further training and internships are possible for a minimum residence period of six months. In the event of further training, the training provider must provide confirmation that attendance is required despite the current pandemic situation (i.e. actual, not merely online presence).
Au pairs and those completing voluntary service, for which the minimum stay must be six months.
Entries for language courses for a planned minimum stay of six months. The organiser of the course must provide confirmation that attendance is required despite the current pandemic situation (i.e. actual, not merely online presence).
4. Quarantine regulations for entry to Germany
In principle, no quarantine applies for entry to Germany from Taiwan. Quarantine may, however, be necessary if travellers have stayed in a risk area in the 14 days prior to entry. More details are available below under Risk areas.
The obligation to self-isolate at home does not apply in the case of transit through Germany. In this case, however, you are obliged to leave Germany immediately.