I am Canadian. Since I applied for the visa shortly before the situation got serious, I now have a valid work and travel visa for Germany, but I am afraid they will turn me away at the border/airport.. any thoughts on that matter ?

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    Isn’t EU closed? Why do you think you would be allowed? Mar 23, 2020 at 11:21
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    Instead of asking on the internet, wouldn't it make more sense to take it up with Canadian embassy in Germany? Or is it on lockdown as well? As far as I know, most official places should be reachable via phone.
    – Cerno
    Mar 24, 2020 at 9:16
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    I would say the German embassy in Canada, but only contact them if you have an urgent reason to travel.
    – Willeke
    Mar 24, 2020 at 10:48
  • Ask the German customs officer at the border if you can come in. He will know that. Mar 25, 2020 at 0:10
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    Should this be on Expatriates?
    – gerrit
    Mar 25, 2020 at 8:21

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You will almost certainly be refused boarding by the airline or be turned away at the border by immigration.

Germany has enacted an entry ban on all non-citizens, with the only exceptions being for certain travellers transiting to get to their home country or travellers seeking entry into Germany for urgent reasons.

Unless you have an urgent reason to enter Germany, your work visa will not secure your entry at this point in time.

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    The article you are linking to seem incomplete. Residents of Germany are also allowed to enter (and not just citizens). It is not clear from the new regulations how persons who have been granted the right to reside, but not yet taken up residency are to be treated. Mar 23, 2020 at 12:48
  • @Tor-EinarJarnbjo as I note in the comments to the other answer, a YMA visa isn’t necessarily a residency visa.
    – Moo
    Mar 23, 2020 at 13:10
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    You won't get a D visa unless you plan to stay in Germany for more than 3 months and if you stay in Germany more than 3 months, you are counted as a resident. The important objection was however that you summarize the page you are linking to with 'entry ban on all non-citizens'. I realize that the page you are linking to claims so, but it contradicts most other information. Citizens and residents are allowed to enter Germany (among several other groups). Mar 23, 2020 at 14:52
  • @Tor-EinarJarnbjo its quite the other way around - the German Interior Ministry is running a campaign with great effort to bring "stranded" Germans home from other countries they visited for various reasons. Those people are then inspected, and asked for self quarantine depending on source location (risky regions, number of Covid-19 cases in said country or narrowed down to number of cases in the specific region)
    – eagle275
    Mar 24, 2020 at 11:12
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    @eagle275 I have no idea what is "the other way around". Did I write anything contradicting what you are saying here? Mar 24, 2020 at 11:53

A Youth Mobility Visa is a D-Visa (i.e. longer-term visa) and therefore does not generally fall under the ban

  • as opposed to a C-Visa which does

From: Federal Minister Seehofer ordered extensive restrictions on entry at Germany’s external Schengen borders in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus:

The same applies [extensive restrictions on entry] to third-country nationals with a longer-term right of residence (residence title or longer-term visa) in an EU member state or one of the countries mentioned above.
But travel for tourist purposes by third-country nationals with a Schengen visa is no longer permitted. Whether to continue operating cross-border public transport (local and regional) is a matter for the relevant federal states to decide.

Check the entry on the sticker Type of Visa

  • when D, an Airline should allow you to board

An urgent reason or essential travel is, however, needed to enter the country, which will be determined at the port of entry.

Since the main purpose of the Youth Mobility Visa is:

to complement their post-secondary education, acquire hands-on work experience, and improve their knowledge of the other country’s language, culture and society.

this will likely be considered non-essential travel until (at least) May.

If your visa was issued before the ban was in place, you should contact the issuing consulate and seek (in writing) confirmation that the purpose is considered essential.

Without such a confirmation you should reconsider traveling at all.

I have been issued a national visa, but I am not able to leave Canada as planned due to COVID-19. Can the visa be re-issued with an updated travel date?
Your visa has been issued for a certain period of time (90+ days). If you are not able to leave before the expiry date of your visa, you must submit a new visa application. A processing fee will be charged. We recommend booking an appointment with the local aliens authority in Germany prior to leaving Canada. This way, your residence permit can be issued shortly upon arrival. Please note that the processing fee of your original visa application cannot be reimbursed.

What are urgent reasons for crossing the border?
The decision of whether a personal journey is an urgent ground for crossing the border is at the discretion of the border official. Federal Police officers are experienced in this type of decision-making, which is part and parcel of the role of border police.


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    @phoog From what I can find of official information, residents can enter. If you have a type D visa, make use of it and stay in Germany, you are counted as a resident. Germany actually make use of the D visa as a de facto residence permit for a planned residency of less than one year. In this case, I would rather doubt that entry is possible since the right to reside has only been granted, while the residency itself has not yet started. Mar 23, 2020 at 12:51
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    @phoog A D-Visa is a longer-term visa and the term is explicitly used in the ban (residence permit or longer-term visa). The source with this text in English has been added. Mar 23, 2020 at 13:04
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    @phoog from my research, it looks like a Youth Mobility Visa is both not a residency visa and also can trivially become one after you arrive. It looks like the German system is quite complicated...
    – Moo
    Mar 23, 2020 at 13:05
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    @Tor-EinarJarnbjo from my research, it depends on how the application was made - you may not get residency with the YMA visa, you may have to apply for it after arrival. freecandie.com/applying-for-the-germany-youth-mobility-visa (note the residency mainly talked about there is the requirement to register as resident, not a residency visa - that’s the visa extension being talked about)
    – Moo
    Mar 23, 2020 at 13:08
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    @MarkJohnson thank you for adding that source. I have removed my downvote. Still, I hesitate to upvote because I suspect that in this case the traveler is likely to be denied entry in line with the analysis at the end of this answer. The answer would be clearer if that were mentioned closer to the beginning.
    – phoog
    Mar 23, 2020 at 13:37

Do you already have a residence arranged in Germany, as in apartment already located and contract signed? If not, you might have a hard time being let in, and even if you are allowed in, might have practical problems getting housing, both long-term and short-term, as hotels are not supposed to rent rooms to tourists right now, foreign or domestic.

Another thing to consider: you have not registered with the town you are going to live in ("Anmeldung" is separate from residence permit, and only possible once you have an address) so Germany does not have a place that it considers your habitual residence yet. As you are not coming back to something, your entry is likely to be considered non-essential, unless you're coming over here to work on something related to the pandemic.

On a daily life level, you're not going to be able to buy anything other than groceries, because pretty much anything that's not a grocery store, drugstore or pharmacy is closed, and there's no scheduled re-opening date. You're not going to go to classes or lectures, you're not going to visit any museums or historical sites and you're not going to see any performances - all of those things are closed through at least the end of the scheduled Easter holidays (19 April). Restaurants are delivery/carry-out only.

We've been spared Italy-level suffering so far, but I would seriously not move here right now. Stay in Canada until things have calmed down a bit.

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    Anmeldung might not even be possible right now. At least where I live, the Meldebehörde is closed.
    – gerrit
    Mar 25, 2020 at 8:20
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    You're right! My town, one of the largest in Bavaria, closed city offices to the public on 18 March, has no planned opening date and is not accepting appointments: services.fuerth.de Germany is CLOSED. Mar 25, 2020 at 8:37

If you have a company you planned on working for, you might ask them if remote working is okay/posbible. Basically all jobs that can be done remote are doing this right now.

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