What are the current rules for school trips travelling to and from Germany

11 Jan 2022, 18:14 by Kate Moore


Are school trips to Germany allowed in 2022? 

School trips to Germany are allowed for fully vaccinated adults and teenagers. 

This is our understanding of the rules to enter Germany from 11 January 2022. COVID-19 rules are subject to change and may be different by the time your trip departs. 

German entry requirements

Germany’s entry rules make a distinction between fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers. So unvaccinated or partly vaccinated children aged from 6 years are treated as if they are unvaccinated adults and are not allowed to enter the country from the UK.  

Fully vaccinated teachers and children can enter Germany for any purpose. To be considered fully vaccinated the final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to travel. Adults may also require booster shots to be considered fully vaccinated at time of departure.

All travellers must complete this pre-departure digital registration to demonstrate that they are travelling from the United Kingdom and that are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  

Visit the FCO website for all the requirements to enter Germany. 

COVID-19 rules for school groups staying in Germany 

Teachers and students will need to show their proof of vaccination to access hospitality venues, hotels and indoor cultural attractions. Travellers aged from 16 years can use the NHS COVID electronic pass to demonstrate their status while younger students can request a COVID Pass letter.  

It is a legal requirement to wear a medical-grade mask in retail outlets and on public transport. FFP2 face masks are recommended as a minimum and cloth face masks, visors and masks with breathing valves are not permitted. Note that travellers may not be able to board a plane to Germany without the correct type of mask.  

Each Federal state or jurisdiction, such as Berlin, may impose additional COVID-19 rules and so it is important to check the rules for your destination. 

Rules for groups returning from school trips to Germany 

The Department for Transport has confirmed that children returning to England with a fully vaccinated teacher as part of a school trip will benefit from the same rules as the fully vaccinated adult, regardless of their vaccination status. 

All travellers must complete this passenger locator form in the 48 hours before arriving back from Germany. Through our industry body, the School Travel Forum, we are working with the Department for Transport to simplify the passenger locator form process for school groups. 

The testing requirements for groups returning home have changed. Read the current rules for school trips returning to the UK from abroad

Can I travel to Germany on a school trip if I'm unvaccinated? 

The current rules mean that unvaccinated travellers aged 6 and over cannot enter Germany. 

More information from the COVID-19 Travel Hub 

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