Current rules allow me to visit Germany as a fully vaccinated non-EU citizen as a tourist so long as I show my non-EU double vaccination certificate (with an EU approved vaccine) and so long as register on the German online COVID travel site.

So far so good. However the rules seem to say that for travel within Germany and also going to bars, stores, events etc. a digital EU COVID pass is necessary.

But the EU digital pass website does not seem to allow non EU citizens (e.g. tourists) to register even if they are vaccinated. So how do tourists travel around Germany right now?

Is it impossible? Or is there a way to get a special certificate (e.g. Switzerland issues one even to tourists for 30 CHF). Or are German restaurants and public transport accepting non-EU vaccination certificates?

What's the latest situation? Any tips?


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Simple: go to any pharmacy in Germany, and they can convert your non-EU proof of vaccination into a EU COVID pass QR code. This is a free service and most any pharmacy is happy to oblige if they're not slammed with actual customers.

This QR code can then either be printed and shown when needed (you don't actually need the app), or scanned in with any EU pass application, although there may be some hoops to jump through (eg. Germany's own app is region locked).

More details, oddly enough, at this US Army site: https://www.army.mil/article/247734/optional_how_to_get_the_eu_covid_vax_digital_certificate_in_germany

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    @o.m. Why? It means an official-looking document stating the same information than you would find in the booklet (type and date of vaccination, signature and stamp from a medical institution) and things like the CDC card. Outside of yellow fever vaccination, the booklet is not that common. I know it's been used for Covid vaccination in Germany but in most countries it was rare or impossible to get your Covid vaccination registered in it.
    – Relaxed
    Feb 13, 2022 at 20:04
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    @o.m. I'm not sure what the exact criteria are, but I have friends who have successfully gone through this process with a Singaporean vaccination certificate. Feb 14, 2022 at 1:46
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    @o.m. Yes, there is a standard, which doesn't mean you can expect it to be widely used or that it makes sense to require it. On the other hand, I am sure that if you have one, it can be accepted as proof as well. I happen to have such a booklet (with earlier vaccinations, it wasn't possible to get my Covid vaccines registered in it), it's really light on security features. It's basically just a table where nurses enter an old school ink stamp and a hand signature. I would also be surprised if empty booklets were hard to come by, it's not a passport.
    – Relaxed
    Feb 14, 2022 at 9:30
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    @Relaxed The yellow international-standard booklet is very common in Germany. It is how the Germans record all their childhood vaccinations, tetanus shots, etc (but not flu shots - happen too often to be worth recording). Feb 14, 2022 at 11:27
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    I have done exactly this with my US vaccination card -- got QR codes and installed the German App on the phone to scan them in. Many places in Germany (December '21) really did not want to deal with foreign documents and insisted on QR code. First Pharmacy I tried was unwilling (US document is hand-written and does not have stickers), second did happily.
    – ahulpke
    Feb 14, 2022 at 20:20

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