Documents for British entering Germany

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1. Posted by ro2124 (Budding Member 17 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Any British recently entered Germany? could do with some advice.
I know it's a problem after Brexit/Covid for British to enter Germany, so want to make sure I have the right documents.
I shall be traveling from Colombia to Dusseldorf.
Normally British would not be allowed to travel, but I live in Germany so it is possible to enter.
But you do need to have proof.

I tried to contact bloody useless Iberia Airlines , it's virtually impossible to get any contact with them.
All you get is we are busy please try again in a few minutes.
Tried about 20 times, it's a waste of time.
All I want to know is if I have the correct documents, so I will not be refused boarding.
Well far as I can see have taken all the precautions I can.
I have contacted the German "Bundespolizei" police and explained the situation and they have confirmed I have good reasons for travel and they sent me an Email confirming this and they wrote I have OKTB , which means "okay to board" status.
I also have my official rent contract where I live in Germany so I would assume all this will be sufficient?
Just want to be sure I dont want to fall foul to some some overzealous bureaucrat.

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2548 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

You are travelling from Columbia to Duesseldorf on a British passport. You are a German resident and have documentation from the German police that you are 'OKTB' (make certain this is available for the Iberia check-in staff).

UK citizens can enter Germany if they have documentation to prove their German residency. You can check the details of entry requirements on the official UK government page linked below. If you don't have a German residence card a tenancy agreement is one of the documents listed as being proof of residence but the decision ultimately lies with the border officer who deals with you on arrival at Duesseldorf.

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/germany/entry-requirements

No-one here or anywhere else can tell you how individual Iberia check-in staff will deal with you. Although it's tedious I do think it's worth spending time on the phone to make contact with them before you turn up at the airport. If they confirm you can board you have an extra piece of 'ammunition' if the check-in staff are dubious.

[ Edit: Edited on 28 Apr 2021, 20:02 GMT by leics2 ]

3. Posted by ro2124 (Budding Member 17 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Phoning Iberia yeah that's a joke.
They seem to have given up on customer service altogether I called them about 30 times, all you ever get is this- we are busy call back later.
Another thing occured to me, as I'm going via Madrid guess I would not have problems with the Spanish authorities as I'm in transit to Germany?
Thing is entry into Spain need PCR test Germans only require antigen.
But wont be entering Spain,only in transit so I assume that's not going to be his problem

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2548 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

> as I'm going via Madrid guess I would not have problems with the Spanish authorities as I'm in transit to Germany?

I don't know whether the Spanish authorities require a test for transit passengers who stay airside at the terminal but I strongly suspect Iberia will require you to have a PCR negative test document. They have no proof that you won't try to enter Spain....your word & the fact that your bags will (I assume) be transferred isn't proof....and it's their responsibility to ensure passengers have the correct documents for entry (airlines can be fined if they carry passengers without them).

I think you'll have to bite that particular bullet and get a PCR test no less than 72 hours before your arrival in Spain.

[ Edit: Edited on 29 Apr 2021, 07:22 GMT by leics2 ]

5. Posted by ro2124 (Budding Member 17 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Well finally got a reply from Iberia.
Apparently if in transit you dont need PCR test for Spain, as long as onward journey i
Is within 24hrs

[ Edit: Edited on 29 Apr 2021, 11:53 GMT by ro2124 ]

6. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2548 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

> if in transit you dont need PCR test for Spain, as long as onward journey is within 24hrs

Yes. My concern was that Iberia check-in staff might decide that you do need a PCR tst

Hopefully that phone call has confirmed you'll be ok.

Good luck!

[ Edit: Edited on 29 Apr 2021, 11:56 GMT by leics2 ]