Germany’s national disease control center, the Robert Koch Institute, has confirmed that the UK, India, Portugal, Russia, and Nepal were no longer “virus variant areas”, and the government has planned to ease travel restrictions for people arriving in Germany from those countries from July 7th.
Fully vaccinated travelers from the UK can abstain from quarantine, while unvaccinated Britons can enter the country but must self-isolate for 10 days.
The new regulations will also be applied to Portugal, Russia, India, and Nepal which, along with the UK, those been reclassified as high-incidence areas. New rules will be effective from Wednesday.
All four countries had been downgraded to “high incidence areas”, the Robert Koch Institute said, which means their citizens can now travel to Germany and quarantine on arrival for 10 days.
People arriving from “high incidence areas,” however, can forgo quarantine if they can prove that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19. Others can curtail a mandatory 10-day quarantine by testing negative after five days.
The decisions come after Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday, Britons who have had two COVID-19 vaccinations would soon be eligible to travel to Germany without going into quarantine on arrival.
She said, “As you know we are reviewing continuously our travel limitations and we think that, shortly, those who have received double jabs will be able to travel again without having to go into quarantine.”
Previously, Germany had one of the rigid border controls on the UK, when the UK has first assigned a virus variant area of concern – only German citizens, German residents, or their spouses, partners, and children under 18 were allowed into Germany.
Travelers keen to visit Germany will have to register themselves online, vaccinate themselves or show proof of recovery and must submit a negative PCR test.
Among other prerequisites, quarantine rules will apply for people traveling from high incidence areas and areas where there are variants of concern.
Meanwhile, eleven countries will persist on Germany’s “virus variant area” directory for now: Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Uruguay. They can only be allowed in Germany under rigid travel restrictions.