From Nov 8th 2020, anyone entering Germany from a risk area in the last 10 days must register online. This is going to replace the previously used paper disembarkation cards that travelers had to fill out. This includes not only air and sea travel, but road travel as well. The German government has implemented this step, which improves the tracing of infection chains. PS: India is still on the list of risk areas.
The registration is done at www.einreiseanmeldung.de. Details to be filled include name, address, telephone number, place of origin and destination, the time of re-entry and, in the case of air travel, the flight number. The data is encrypted, made available only to the responsible health department and automatically deleted 14 days after entry.
After you have given all the necessary information in full, you will receive a PDF file as confirmation. In exceptional cases, if yo are unable to register digitally, you can fill out a replacement notification in paper form. This is to be carried with you as proof when entering the country and must be presented upon request. If you are entering from a country outside of the Schengen Area by air, the procedure differs in that the proof will be checked by the authority entrusted with the policing of cross-border traffic, which is generally the Federal Police.
Every person arriving from a risk area has to stay in quarantine for ten days upon arrival and has to present a negative corona test that is no older than 48 hours or be tested for a corona infection within ten days of arrival. If the test result is negative, the quarantine can be lifted. This may be done on the fifth day of domestic isolation in Germany at the earliest. Note that quarantine is exempted for persons who are only in transit through Germany.
Violating quarantine rules may invite hefty fines of up to 25,000 euros. The test is free for people entering from risk areas within 10 days of entry until December 1st. You can find out where you can take a test near your home by calling 116 117 or on the Internet at www.116117.de . You can also do the test at your family doctor or Hausarzt with prior appointment.
However, note that the rules and regulations may vary throughout the 16 Federal States of Germany. Learn here what are the rules that apply in your region…. Perhaps a test is not mandatory or your quarantine can be lifted off earlier.
Sources: German Federal Government, German Federal Ministry of Health, Digital Registration on Entry website, Reisereporter