After months of strict lockdown, German authorities have announced that travel warnings in the country will be adjusted, and travel restrictions will be gradually eased.
The newly relaxed restrictions will apply to travelers from the European Union and the Schengen area who will now be able to enter Germany without any major hurdles, TheSchengen.com reports.
This decision was made after taking into account the improvement of the epidemiological situation in Germany and other European countries, the advancement of the vaccination process and the introduction of the EU digital COVID certificate.
Through a press release from the State Department, it was revealed that since July 1, travel warnings for low-risk areas have been lifted. This means that the department is no longer issuing explicit travel warnings to more than 80 countries but is instead recommending people to be more careful.
In addition, travelers and returning German citizens are no longer required to check in or take a COVID-19 test unless they are traveling by plane.
According to the ministry, the travel warning remains in effect only against countries located in high-infection areas and virus-changing areas where virus variants have spread widely.
Currently, only the United Kingdom, Portugal, and Russia are categorized as variable regions for viruses. As for high-infection areas, no European country is on the list.
German politicians are seriously concerned about the rapid spread of the COVID Delta variant, which is highly contagious. As such, Germany has called on EU member states to ban UK arrivals from entering the bloc due to the spread of the delta variable.
Only German citizens and non-German residents of Germany are allowed to return to the country from virus infection areas. It is indicated that after arrival, they must self-isolate for 14 days even if they have been vaccinated or recovered from the virus.
Conversely, most European countries are no longer subject to any entry restrictions on entry to Germany because they had low infection rates and no longer fall into the category of risk areas. Therefore, not all people entering Germany from a low-risk EU country by road are required to be vaccinated, recovered or tested for the disease.
On the other hand, those entering the country by air need to provide proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or negative COVID-19 test results before leaving, regardless of their country of origin and the level of infection there. The same rule also applies to German citizens returning home.
Earlier, German authorities announced that fully vaccinated Ukrainians would be allowed to enter the country on the condition that they were immunized with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency.