Philippines to Germany: Travel Requirements, Restrictions, Visa, Etc.
Germany is open to all vaccinated tourists.
by Ina Louise Manto | May 25, 2022
Ready to see the world again? Many European countries are now accepting tourist arrivals after closing their borders. If going on a Euro trip is your definition of revenge travel, Germany is a country you shouldn’t skip. This European country is teeming with history, food, and culture from its major cities Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich to scenic towns and cities that will let you travel back in time.
Here’s everything you need to know that will help you prepare for travel to Germany:
Is Germany open to tourists?
Yes, Germany is open to all vaccinated tourists.
Who can travel from the Philippines to Germany?
Germany is open to:
- German citizens and residents with a current right to reside in the country, including their spouses, partners, and minor children
- Travelers connecting a flight who do not leave the transit zone of a passenger
- Other special cases
- Leisure travelers
Generally, Germany is open to travelers from EU member states, states associated with Schengen (Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein), and other countries. Travelers from other countries for any purpose are only allowed for fully vaccinated people.
Requirements for travel from Philippines to Germany
Aside from the travel requirements by your chosen airline, these are the general requirements to enter Germany:
- Proof of vaccination in German, English, French, Spanish or Italian in digital or paper form
- Proof of COVID-19 status, either:
- A negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel or antigen test result taken within 48 hours of travel
- Proof of recovery from COVID-19
- Digital entry registration
Find more details about the proof of vaccination and recovery requirements here.
What are the accepted vaccines in Germany?
According to the German Embassy in Manila, only these vaccines listed on the website of the Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedicines Paul-Ehrlich-Institute are accepted:
- AstraZeneca AB, Schweden, Vaxzevria (including AZD 1222)
- BioNTech/Pfizer Manufacturing GmbH, Comirnaty (including BNT162b2/COMIRNATY, Tozinameran)
- Janssen-Cilag International NV
- Moderna Biotech Spain, S.L., Spikevax (including mRNA-1273)
Find more information here.
Do you need a visa to enter Germany?
Yes, a visa is needed to enter Germany. Depending on your period of stay, you might need a Schengen visa (up to 90 days) or a German visa (stay over 90 days) to enter the country.
How to apply for a Schengen visa
If you’re flying to Germany for a visit or for tourism, you will need a Schengen visa, which will allow you to stay in the country for up to 90 days. Here are the Schengen visa requirements in the Philippines:
- Print-out of duly filled and signed application form
- Passport, which is valid for at least three months after returning from Germany
- Two biometrical passport photos attached to the application form
- Visa fee of 80 Euro, 40 Euro for applicants from 6-12 years old
- Flight and hotel reservation for the entire stay in Germany
- Proof of financial coverage of the cost of stay
- Bank statements for the last six months or a formal obligation according to §§ 66-68 AufenthG with a confirmation of the declarant’s financial capacity by the local Immigration (“Ausländerbehörde”)
- Proof of rootedness in the Philippines (e.g. work contract and bank statements showing transfer of last six monthly salaries), proof of enrollment for students, marriage certificate, etc.
- Proof of health travel insurance. Find recommended insurance companies here.
- For first time travelers to Germany: informal declaration explaining your willingness to return to the Philippines before the expiration of your visa
Once you’ve obtained all the requirements, register for an appointment and submit your application personally at VFS Global in Manila or Cebu. Find more information regarding the Schengen visa application here.
Travel to Germany is generally quarantine-free. However, travelers coming from high-risk countries in the last 10 days prior to traveling to Germany are required to travel directly to their destination and self-isolate or quarantine for 10 days. Quarantine may end early for those who test negative on Day 5 of isolation.
Current Germany COVID situation
For up-to-date information that will help you prepare for travel to Germany, visit these pages: