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Germany Categorizes 8 Countries as Virus Variant Areas, Removes 7 From High-Risk List

After being empty for nearly four months, Germany’s list of shifting regions for COVID-19 consists of eight countries, after German authorities added Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to the list.

On Friday, November 26, the German federal government agency and research institute responsible for disease control and prevention, the Robert Koch Institute, announced that all eight countries had been added to the list of virus substitutes after South African scientists announced they had discovered a new, more dangerous virus. alternative.

“The risk area classification list below is effective as of November 28, 2021, 0:00 AM (midnight). The Federal Ministry of Health indicates that from now – before the classification becomes effective – the relevant health authorities can order quarantine and SARS-CoV testing. 2 for travelers entering Germany from countries classified as an Area of ​​Variables of Concern,” RKI notes update the list.

It also notes that before the classification of these countries as areas of variable importance becomes effective, the Federal Police and the authorities responsible for controlling cross-border traffic will inform and urge people entering Germany from the above-mentioned countries to work in Germany in a better way to contain the infection.

Travel from these countries is generally prohibited, except for German citizens and those arriving for very essential purposes. Even for them, a 14-day quarantine is mandatory, in addition to testing requirements, and the obligation to register online.

Germany is not the only country that has banned travel from these South African countries as other EU members in Europe have done the same, including France, Italy, Malta and others.

>> Germany bans flights from South Africa, again

In Friday’s update, RKI also removed the following countries from the list of high-risk regions:

Brunei Darussalam El Salvador Gabon Nicaragua Saint Kitts and Nevis Sao Tome and Principe Singapore

This means that citizens of these countries who have not yet been vaccinated, as well as those who have not recently recovered from the Corona virus, can travel to Germany under concessional rules starting next Sunday.

Among other things, these travelers will be able to skip quarantine and multiple tests for COVID-19.

In a recent update to the list, RKI added Belgium, Greece, Ireland and the Netherlands to its high risk list and did not remove any. Whereas in the previous week, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Laos were added to Germany’s high-risk list, while the United States was removed from it.

>> Who can travel to Germany amid COVID-19 and what are the rules

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