After the European Union Council recommended lifting the entry ban on Argentina, Colombia, Namibia and Peru, German authorities announced that these countries are now part of its list of epidemiologically safe third countries.
This means that travelers from Argentina, Colombia, Namibia and Peru can now enter Germany for non-essential purposes without being subject to restrictions. However, they still have to follow certain requirements, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to an update by the German Federal Ministry of Interior, Construction and Home Affairs, travelers from the above third countries are allowed unrestricted entry into Germany as long as they provide valid proof of vaccination against the COVID-19 disease.
In order for a certificate of vaccination to be considered valid, travelers must prove that they have completed the vaccination process with one of the vaccines recognized in Germany.
In addition, the document must also indicate that at least 14 days have passed since the holder received the second dose of the vaccine.
“The basic condition is that the person entering the country has received the last necessary vaccination dose required for the full vaccination dose (in case of recovery: one vaccination dose), and that at least 14 days have passed since the last required individual vaccination,” the ministry explained.
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The full evacuation requirement to be able to enter Germany applies only to people over 12 years old.
“Due to the special vaccination status of young people, people under the age of 12, even if they have not yet been vaccinated, are allowed to travel with at least one parent who has been fully vaccinated,” the ministry emphasized.
Travelers from Argentina, Colombia, Namibia and Peru who have recovered from the disease can also enter Germany for non-essential purposes. However, in order to be free from additional entry restrictions, they must prove that they have taken a single dose of the vaccine.
With regard to non-vaccinated travelers, German authorities have noted that they can still travel from these countries provided they follow the test rules and their purpose of entry falls on the exemption list.
Apart from these areas, Germany allows unrestricted entry to many other third countries. Germany’s list of three epidemiologically safe countries includes Australia, Bahrain, Chile, Hong Kong, Jordan, Canada, Qatar, Kuwait, Macau, New Zealand, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates and China. It is currently subject to reciprocity.
Previously, German authorities announced that since October 31, travelers from Slovakia are subject to stricter entry rules. On the other hand, the same has relaxed the rules for those arriving in Germany from Israel and the Palestinian Territories.