Germany Lifts Travel Warnings for Trips to Low-Risk Areas

After months of strict lockdown, the German authorities have announced that the country’s travel warnings will be modified, and the travel restrictions will gradually be eased.

The newly relaxed restrictions will apply to European Union and Schengen Area travellers who will now be able to enter Germany without any significant hurdles, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Such a decision has been made after taking into consideration the improvement of the epidemiological situation in Germany and other European countries, the advancement of vaccination rollout and the introduction of the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

Through a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it has been revealed that since July 1, travel warnings for low-risk areas have been lifted. This means that the Ministry no longer issues explicit warnings against travel to more than 80 countries but instead recommends that people be extra cautious.

In addition, travellers and returning German citizens are no longer required to register their entry or undergo COVID-19 testing unless they are travelling by plane.

According to the Ministry, the travel warning remains effective only against countries placed in high incidence areas and virus variant areas where the virus variants have widely spread.

Currently, only the United Kingdom, Portugal, and Russia are classified as virus variant areas. As for the high incidence areas, no European country is part of the list.

German politicians are highly concerned about the rapid spread of the COVID Delta variant, which is highly contagious. As such, Germany has called on the EU Member States to ban arrivals from the UK from entering the block due to the widespread of the Delta variant.

Only German citizens and non-German residents of Germany are permitted to travel back to the country from virus variant areas. It is noted that after arrival, they must self-isolate for 14 days even if they have been vaccinated or have recovered from the virus.

Conversely, most European countries are no longer subject to any entry restrictions upon entry in Germany as they have been registering low infection rates and no longer fall into the category of risk areas. Therefore, all persons entering Germany from a low-risk EU country by land are not required to be vaccinated, recovered, or tested against the disease.

On the other hand, those who enter the country by air need to present proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, or negative COVID-19 test results before departure, regardless of their origin country and the incidence level there. The same rule also applies to German citizens returning home.

Previously, the German authorities announced that fully vaccinated Ukrainians would be allowed to enter the country provided that they have been immunized with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency.

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