Travel to the US and back.

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Update.  Traveled Washington Dulles to Frankfurt on September 4, 2021 via United Airlines. 

Did Germany's Einreiseanmeldung online on September 3, uploading my EU vaccination certificate to the RKI afterwards.  Later, on Sept. 6 my local health authority sent me an email saying it had reviewed my details and I was not required to quarantine. 

I also used United's "Travel Ready Center" and uploaded to United the Einreiseanmeldung and also the EU vaccination certificate.  This gave me a green "Travel Ready" note in the United "Travel Ready Center" online, but had no practical effect otherwise.  United's website still did not let me check in online, saying my documents had to be reviewed at the airport.  At check in, I just showed my passport like usual and was given a boarding pass.  No other document check.  BUT at the gate there were public address announcements made that even if we had a boarding pass we had to show our Einreiseanmeldung and also either vaccination or test document at the gate desk and get a rubber stamp from the gate desk on our boarding pass.  At the gate desk I noted to the gate agent that I had used the "Travel Ready Center" and the gate agent said "I'm sure you did, but we still have to do this".  The gate agent did not review the documents I showed to confirm any of the data on them, was satisfied with me showing I had a document that looked like Einreiseanmeldung and a vaccination certificate.  Upon arrival in Frankfurt the German Passport control did not inquire about the Covid documents.

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On 7/24/2021, 9:03:35, Santitas said:

We landed in Chicago yesterday

We had to show our negative tests at least 4 times 🙄🙄 
 

The attestation form is something different and even though they made a big stink about having the form printed out, which can be downloaded from the airplane’s website, we only showed it once.

 

They asked for our marriage certificate at least two times in order to make sure my husband (German) is allowed to enter into the US.

 

 

traveled to Newark from Frankfurt on mid-August 2021.  Flew United from Frankfurt, but checked in with Lufthansa at a connecting German airport.  Tickets purchased from United.

 

Nobody ever asked for or about attestation form.

 

Marriage certificate for German spouse was necessary at check in.  When attempted to check in online the afternoon before travel, German spouse could not check in - scarily the website had a pop-up error message saying "Passengers arriving from Germany are not allowed to enter and Transit. ... Visa required Except for passengers with a Boarding Foil issued by the USA."   !!   What  !!  However, at check in desk all that was required was ESTA and a copy of marriage certificate.  Marriage certificate was not reviewed, LH staff were satisfied they had seen a document that looked like it might be a marriage certificate. 

 

At U.S. passport control in Newark after German spouse was presented at booth, photographed and fingerprinted, German spouse was then directed to another room where German spouse waited 45 minutes to show another CBP officer the marriage certificate.  That was it, no questions, no interview.  (Couldn't the guy at the booth have looked at the certificate himself?)

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I'm due to travel to the US next Tuesday. I assume that the local Antigen Schnelltest's specification is compatible for entry into the US. I also assume (always dangerous) that the test is standard throughout Germany.

 

Anybody know for sure?

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Marty, did you read this thread?   I'm pretty sure comments posted here over the past 6 months say a paper certificate from a German Schnelltest is good enough for entering the U.S.

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oops thanks, I thought this was a new test requirement for traveling to the US, but checked a bit more in the thread and it does appear that US citizens etc had to do it before and a Schnelltest is fine.

Sorry to waste your time :wacko:.

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21 hours ago, SunshineMarty said:

I'm due to travel to the US next Tuesday. I assume that the local Antigen Schnelltest's specification is compatible for entry into the US. I also assume (always dangerous) that the test is standard throughout Germany.

 

Anybody know for sure?


Yes, they are accepted. I just did one today for a flight to the US this week and it was already accepted by United via their app.

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I'm not sure what forum is best for this particular discussion, but Spahn tweeted yesterday that only Germans would be allowed in from South Africa.

 

As US citizens, we are also in the final stages of getting our German citizenship, and now we are afraid that if we leave the country to have our under-12 child vaccinated over Christmas in the US, they may not allow us back in.

 

Does anyone know if Spahn might have just made a mistake? All the news programs are repeating what he said: no one but Germans can come from South Africa or any country declared to be a source of the new mutation. Is this really a new policy to lock out people with German residence permits from their homes in Germany if they leave the country at an inopportune time?

 

For those who missed the tweet:

 

Deutschland wird u.a. #Südafrika zum Virusvariantengebiet erklären. Mit Inrafttreten heute Nacht dürfen Fluggesellschaften nur noch Deutsche nach 🇩🇪 befördern, außerdem gelten 14 Tage Quarantäne für alle, auch Geimpfte.
 
 
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5 minutes ago, Berlinexpatnine said:

Is this really a new policy to lock out people with German residence permits from their homes in Germany

 

No. You will just have to quarantine upon your return is the way I understand it. Of course, things are changing by the hour right now.

 

If you live here and have a residence permit, you live here. Where else could you go?

 

I thought they are vaccinating 5 - 11 yr. olds here now. Might be mistaken.

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The 5 to 11 year olds are not yet being vaccinated  in Germany. They are waiting for the latest data from the US. If it looks good, they will permit vaccinations around Dec. 20. However, they still need to get specially dosed version of the vaccine, and so I don't expect it to be widely available in Germany until March or so. They also will likely limit the first doses to high-risk children, then open it up later to anyone who wants it.

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3 hours ago, Berlinexpatnine said:

I'm not sure what forum is best for this particular discussion, but Spahn tweeted yesterday that only Germans would be allowed in from South Africa.

 

As US citizens, we are also in the final stages of getting our German citizenship, and now we are afraid that if we leave the country to have our under-12 child vaccinated over Christmas in the US, they may not allow us back in.

 

Does anyone know if Spahn might have just made a mistake? All the news programs are repeating what he said: no one but Germans can come from South Africa or any country declared to be a source of the new mutation. Is this really a new policy to lock out people with German residence permits from their homes in Germany if they leave the country at an inopportune time?

 

Humm, not 100% sure. In principle there are very few nationality-specific laws in Europe, so perhaps he meant EU-national.

But... at the same time... I know for example Portugal could close the border completely, but Portuguese law specifically states Portuguese must be allowed in, no matter the circunstances... so perhaps he is right.

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The problem is not just that rules can change in a flash, but so can flight availability.  It's pretty hard to make a firm prediction right now. 

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Usually such restrictions exempt nationals and residents, certainly that is/ was the case for the UK but check with your travel agent/airline.  As I understand it you would still need to comply with any quarantine requirements though so maybe best to postpone any plans till things get better, if ever.:unsure:

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1 minute ago, keith2011 said:

best to postpone any plans till things get better

 

This.

 

The airlines and agents don't know what will happen next week.

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15 hours ago, Berlinexpatnine said:

 However, they still need to get specially dosed version of the vaccine

If you find a doctor willing to vaccinate off label this isn´t a problem. They can simply inject a third of the content of the syringe. There is nothing forcing a physician to inject the whole dose.

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16 hours ago, Berlinexpatnine said:

Does anyone know if Spahn might have just made a mistake? All the news programs are repeating what he said: no one but Germans can come from South Africa or any country declared to be a source of the new mutation. Is this really a new policy to lock out people with German residence permits from their homes in Germany if they leave the country at an inopportune time?

Legal residents are allowed in as well. I've just heard that being clarified on Deutschlandfunk.

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