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Germany Adds 12 More Countries to List of High-Risk Areas, Removes Another 13

Germany has added 12 more countries to its list of high-risk areas after adding more than 90 countries to the list over the past three weeks.

In an announcement published by the Robert Koch Institute, the German agency for disease prevention and control, it was announced that while 12 countries had been added to the list of high-risk areas, another 13 had been removed from them, including South Africa and other countries that were listed at the end of last year as changing regions. for viruses.

“New high-risk areas are at particularly high risk of infection due to the high prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. [are] Afghanistan, Bangladesh and France – the French territories of New Caledonia, Guatemala, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Cuba, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Singapore and Ukraine”, notes RKI in its announcement.

The move means that travelers from these 12 countries must provide proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 in order to be able to enter the country without undergoing quarantine obligations.

Whereas, those who have not been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 must submit negative test results. They are also subject to ten-day self-isolation, which could end prematurely if a traveler tests negative for COVID-19 on the fifth day of isolation.

However, all travelers from high-risk areas are required to fill out a digital registration upon entry on and carry the confirmation with them when traveling to the country.

The new restrictions will apply to travelers from these 12 countries from Sunday, January 30.

On the other hand, the following countries have been omitted from the list of high-risk areas:

Angola Burundi Eswatini Kenya Lesotho Malawi Namibia Rwanda Zambia Zimbabwe South Africa United Republic of Tanzania Uganda

The decision becomes effective on the same date, January 30, and means that those traveling to Germany from the 13 countries listed above can enter German territory even if they have not been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19, without the need for quarantine.

Six of these thirteen countries – Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa – were part of the category of virus variant regions in Germany as of January 4.

On the other hand, since the beginning of the year, Germany has added more than 90 countries to the list of high-risk areas due to the rapid spread of the Omicron virus variant in the territories of these countries.

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