Drivers entering Germany and having stayed in a “high incidence are” or “area of variant of concern” during the 10 days prior to entry are subject to mandatory pre-registration on the German pre-registration platform www.einreiseanmeldung.de. However, up to now this form did not allow to indicate any exemptions that might apply to the driver. As a result, many drivers were contacted by the German health authorities, requesting test results in situations where the drivers were no obliged to have any, or ordering quarantine in situations where the drivers were not subject to them.
The pre-registration form has now been adapted. The new version is allowing to indicate grounds for exemption that the entrant is qualifying for. The driver may also indicate whether or not he/she is in possession of a negative COVID-19 test. Indication of both details is voluntary, and the driver is even asked for his/her consent on whether these details may be forwarded to the health authorities. However, correct information on the situation at hand will assist health authorities in correctly assessing the need for further communication, and may serve to avoid unnecessary checks respectively have the necessary ones better fit the actual situation. It is therefore recommended to correctly fill in the relevant details and to agree their forwarding to the health authorities. The authorities are of course reserving their right to check that the exemptions are actually valid under the given circumstances.