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Germany Places 2 More Countries on High-Risk List & Removes Another 9

Travelers from Iran and the Solomon Islands will have to follow stricter entry rules when entering Germany as the two regions will be placed on a high-risk list from Sunday, February 13.

According to the German agency responsible for disease prevention and control, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Iran and the Solomon Islands will now be part of the high-risk list as they have reported increasing infection rates, reports.

Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that Iran has recorded 250,523 cases, and Solomon Islands recorded 1,629 new cases of COVID-19 in the past seven days.

In line with the current entry rules in force in Germany, all travelers entering its territory from one of the above countries or any other country that is already part of this list are required to log in on and carry their entry data with them. The confirmation they receive on their email upon registration.

Furthermore, travelers from high-risk areas must provide proof of vaccination or recovery in order to be allowed to enter Germany.

Apart from that, travelers from COVID-19 highly affected areas also need to follow the mandatory quarantine requirements.

However, the German Health Agency has clarified that the quarantine period can be ended while the traveler updates the cure or vaccination guide on the website. This means that once a traveler from a high-risk country uploads a proof of vaccination proof refund to the website, they will be exempted from the isolation rules.

Therefore, it is suggested that only unvaccinated, non-exhausted travelers from high-risk areas who do not hold either certificate be subject to the quarantine rule when entering Germany. However, non-vaccinated and non-exhausted travelers can shorten their isolation period by getting tested on or after the fifth day.

Through the same update, the German authorities announced that as of tomorrow, nine countries will no longer be part of the high-risk list. Countries that are no longer considered highly affected by the virus are as follows:

Bahamas Dominican Republic Jamaica Canada Kyrgyzstan Cuba Malta Saint Kitts and Nevis Vincent and the Grenadines

The decision to remove these nine countries from the high-risk list means that travelers from these regions can now travel to Germany under the concessional rules, provided they hold one of the accepted certificates.

Travelers planning to travel to Germany should note that the country has introduced new rules on the validity of vaccination certificates. Germany now only recognizes certificates of vaccination if the document indicates that the holder has completed the primary vaccination within the last 270 days, as well as if the holder has received a booster dose.

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