(as of November 2nd, 2020, 3:00 p.m.)
Persons having been to a risk area at any given time within the 10 days before arriving in Hamburg must stay in quarantine and contact the responsible Health Authority immediately. This applies for all citizens of Hamburg, whether they arrive by plane, by train or by car. It is possible to contact the Health Authority via a digital registration form "Registration after returning from a risk area" which is also available via your mobile device. This online service also allows to upload your negative test result or a picture of your negative test result (if you already have one) and to transmit it to the responsible Health Authority. A so-called „passenger locator card“ is also considered as a documentation of your entry.
Risk areas are areas in foreign countries representing an increased risk of an infection with the coronavirus. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) updates its list of risk areas every day. The list of risk areas is updated regularly based on the current epidemiological situation. What is essential is the situation at the moment when you actually return to Germany. Areas in Germany that represent a high number of corona cases (so-called high incidence regions) are no risk areas according to the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute.
A short-time stay in a risk area, e.g. when having a break during your transit, is not considered as a stay and does hence not lead to an obligation for quarantine.
Under special conditions, exceptions from quarantine apply for persons returning from risk areas and disposing of a negative test result. The medical certificate must be based on a PCR test having been carried out not more than 48 hours before the arrival in Germany. This medical certificate must be conserved until at least 14 days after the arrival.
The following list of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) shows the countries with assured test quality which are acknowledged in Germany. If the country that you are returning from is not listed here, you can only do the test in Germany.
Please note: The exception from quarantine only applies if you do not show any symptoms indicating an infection with COVID-19. If you experience any symptoms within the first 14 days after your arrival in Germany, you must contact the responsible Health Authority immediately, which will inform you about the next steps to take. You can find out which Health Authority is responsible for you by entering your postal code here: https://tools.rki.de/PLZTool.