The German Foreign Ministry has agreed that all unvaccinated people and those who have not recovered from COVID-19 who enter or travel to the country will be subject to testing requirements.
The new rule, which will apply to unvaccinated and non-recovered travelers, regardless of what region they arrive from, will go into effect on Monday, August 1, TheSchengen.com reports.
“From August 1, 2021, all persons over 12 years of age must present a valid test certificate when entering the Federal Republic of Germany, unless they have been vaccinated or recovered. The obligation to provide evidence of one of the 3 G (vaccinated, recovered or tested) is Part of the new entry regulations approved by the Council of Ministers.comes into force on August 1, 2021, the ministry said in a statement.
Thus, this means that all people who do not have a vaccination certificate or medical evidence indicating that its holder has recovered from the disease, need to undergo a COVID-19 test before entering Germany.
According to the same ministry, a PCR test result must be obtained within 72 hours before entering Germany, while a rapid antigen test must be performed within 48 hours prior to arrival.
The test must be taken before entry. The ministry added that in the absence of free tests in the country of travel, travelers will have to bear the costs themselves – as is the current obligation to provide evidence.
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By imposing stricter rules against those who have not been fully vaccinated, the ministry plans to extend the requirement for coronavirus testing on entry as soon as possible in order to control the rapid increase in cases of infection, especially those of the Delta variety.
So far, mandatory coronavirus testing has only been imposed on air passengers. However, according to the new rules, people traveling by train or personal cars will also be required to take the test. An exception to this rule is only those who have been fully immunized against the disease, that is, they have received two doses of the vaccine.
With regard to vaccination status, based on the decree on the entry regulation for the Corona virus, Germany currently recognizes as valid evidence of immunity, the vaccines that have been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and they are as follows:
BioNTech / Pfizer (Comirnaty) Janssen Moderna (Spikevax) AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) Covishield by Serum Institute of India
Earlier, TheSchengen.com reported that Germany is one of 16 countries in the European Union that have decided to make COVID-19 health permits mandatory for access to public places.