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Germany Expected to Relax Travel Rules From March 6

The German authorities are planning to make it easier for everyone to travel to and from Germany, especially for families with children who want to travel during and after the Easter holidays.

According to the draft decree issued by the German authorities, starting next week, Germany will consider applying a different standard when it comes to classifying a country as a high-risk area.

Only countries with widespread coronavirus variants will be considered high-risk, reports.

This means that travelers from the EU/Schengen area and third countries will soon be able to travel to Germany under the concessional rules as long as their country of origin is not designated as an altered region for the virus.

In addition, apart from easing travel procedures, the same is also planning to change entry rules for children under the age of 12, who currently have to meet self-isolation requirements when traveling from a high-risk country.

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However, the draft decree on relaxed entry rules still had to be approved and formally entered into force in order for it to be applied to travelers who wish to reach Germany.

The German body responsible for disease prevention and control, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), updates the list of countries every Friday, and the new list goes into effect every Sunday. Thus, it is expected that the travel rules for entering Germany will be updated on Sunday, March 6.

Germany has removed dozens of EU/Schengen area countries and non-EU countries from the high-risk list since the beginning of 2022.

Just last week, Germany removed 9 EU/Schengen area countries and 25 third countries from the high risk list. Belgium, Italy, Croatia, Poland and Sweden are just some of the countries removed from the high-risk list on February 25.

Travelers from EU/Schengen area countries that are not part of Germany’s high-risk list can currently travel to the latter without having to check-in or follow self-isolation rules. All they have to do is submit one of the certificates that are part of the EU COVID-19 Digital Certificate.

This means that travelers from the EU/Schengen area can enter Germany as long as they hold a valid vaccination or recovery certificate or a negative COVID-19 test result.

On the other hand, stricter rules are applied to travelers from countries outside the European Union. However, the rules are expected to be updated

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