I am having a hard time finding a centralized resource describing which countries are open to which citizens.

I have an urgent need to get into Germany for work.

The UK government is about to enact a 14-day isolation for inbound travelers. This must mean they are allowing inbound travelers.

Since US->UK travel is allowed, would a stopover in London be a viable option to access Germany?

  • There are current restrictions in place until 15 June 2020, when specifically do you want to enter? Also what work do you do?
    – Xnero
    Jun 8, 2020 at 14:58
  • @Daniil Yes but I am a US citizen, not EEA. Financial services. Would like to enter within 2 weeks but the sooner, the better. Jun 8, 2020 at 15:01
  • At the moment there is no discussion about the opening of the Schengen external borders. At some point that will no doubt start and under what conditions. The opening of the internal borders is a higher priority. Jun 8, 2020 at 18:53
  • I have a similar situation. It's very hard to figure out the rules since many websites are just passing you along to the next website for "details". Currently it seems that I could get in (since I'm dual citizen) but I would have to quarantine for 14 days on arrival which makes the business trip moot in my case.
    – Hilmar
    Jun 11, 2020 at 17:03
  • According to this German article by Spiegel Online from today, it doesn't look good for you. US travelers will likely remain blocked from entering the EU after Juli 1st. Reasons: COVID-19 cases in the US are not declining and reciprocity for the US banning EU travelers.
    – Philipp
    Jun 24, 2020 at 11:51

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The current restrictions (in place until 15 June 2020) do not allow you to enter.

If you are not a citizen of an EU member site (including United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) and not a‑country national with a long‑term right of residence in an EU Member State and/or the countries mentioned above you have to be travelling for one of the following reasons to enter Germany:

  • healthcare workers, health researchers and care professionals;
  • cross‑border workers, transport personnel employed in the movement of goods and other essential sectors
  • diplomats, staff of international organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers insofar as they are performing official duties
  • passengers in transit
  • passengers travelling for imperative family reasons persons in need of international protection or seeking entry for other humanitarian reasons

As you don't meet any of these reasons, you can't enter Germany. After the 15th the rules may change, this is unknown yet.

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    “and other essential sectors” leaves a bit of leeway. I don't suppose the OP necessarily qualifies but it would depends on the exact nature of their work and on how urgent is urgent, possibly.
    – Relaxed
    Jun 8, 2020 at 15:23
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    This answer seems to need some copy editing.
    – phoog
    Jun 12, 2020 at 2:41
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    @phoog I don't get what you mean...
    – Xnero
    Jun 12, 2020 at 9:14

The European Commission has just (2020-06-11) announced suggestions for the possible lifting of the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU after the 30th of June 2020.

Given that the health situation in certain third countries remains critical, the Commission does not propose a general lifting of the travel restriction at this stage. The restriction should be lifted for countries selected together by Member States, based on a set of principles and objective criteria including the health situation, the ability to apply containment measures during travel, and reciprocity considerations, taking into account data from relevant sources such as ECDC and WHO.

For countries towards which the restriction remains in place, the Commission proposes to enlarge the categories of permitted travellers to include, for instance, international students.

Details are given in the checklist, which can be downloaded as PDF.

Suggestions are also being made for the Resuming [of] visa operations.

This information should be useful as an overview in which way things are developing and a possible timeframe (nothing more).



How can I (US Citizen) get into Germany mid-June 2020?

Unlikely according to Deutsche Welle (mirror):

Entry from non-bordering countries will be banned until at least June 15. This may change for some countries, particularly those within Europe's 26-member Schengen zone of visa-free travel.

Russia and the United States will be unlikely to see any change in their situation. Authorities singled them out as being particularly dangerous.

Also FYI IATA points to the Bundespolizei's website (mirror 1, mirror 2), which gives some pretty detailed information on the current covid-19 restrictions for people traveling to Germany.

As a side note, regarding your sentences:

The UK government is about to enact a 14-day isolation for inbound travelers. This must mean they are allowing inbound travelers.

Yes but not necessarily all inbound travelers. For example, Thailand has a mandatory 14-day quarantine but currently (2020-06-08) only allows 500 inbound travelers per day (mirror). But yes for the case of the UK, it is open to all inbound travelers according to IATA.

Update (2020-06-23): E.U. May Bar American Travelers as It Reopens Borders, Citing Failures on Virus

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    From the given Bundespolizei's website source, the following is probably relevent to the OP's question: Entry for the first time to take up gainful employment by third-country nationals who do not already have their habitual residence in the EU is only possible if the traveler (s) has an important function. This concerns above all health personnel, health researchers and elderly care personnel as well as personnel in the transport of goods and other transport personnel, insofar as this is necessary. Jun 8, 2020 at 20:09
  • @MarkJohnson thanks yes there are indeed some special cases, e.g. from IATA "passengers with evidence that their travel is to perform a professional activity, e.g., commuters, diplomats, nursing staff, food industry personnel, specialists;". Jun 9, 2020 at 1:11

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