Germany’s high-risk list shrank by six third countries and three Dutch overseas territories on Friday, November 5, based on a joint assessment of the Federal Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Federal Ministry of Interior, Construction and Home Affairs.
The move was announced by the Robert Koch Institute, a German agency and research institute responsible for disease control and prevention. According to the announcement, the following three countries were removed from the high-risk list last Friday:
Antigua and Barbuda Grenada Jamaica Cuba Myanmar Saint Lucia
Meanwhile, the Dutch Overseas Territories of Aruba, Curaçao and St Maarten were removed from the list.
The decision means that from Sunday, November 7, vaccinated travelers arriving in Germany from these countries are now subject to lower entry restrictions. They will no longer have to register before traveling to Germany or quarantine upon arrival.
However, unvaccinated travelers from these countries can only enter Germany for very essential purposes.
No new countries have been added to the list of high-risk areas. However, the list still consists of sixty countries, including Egypt, Albania, Croatia, Lithuania, Latvia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, etc.
The RKI notes that “when entering the Federal Republic of Germany after staying in a high-risk area or an area of variable concern outside Germany, a special obligation to register, quarantine and provide evidence must be observed.”
All travelers over the age of 12 arriving in Germany from high-risk countries are required to register at einreiseanmeldung.de and then carry a registration confirmation with them when arriving at the German border.
They must also upload proof of vaccination or recovery in the same portal when registering. On arrival in Germany, quarantine is mandatory for those who fail to upload proof of vaccination or recovery. However, it can be terminated once the directory is uploaded to the portal.
As for those who arrived in Germany with negative COVID-19 test results, they can end the quarantine no later than the fifth day of quarantine, with a second test, the results of which were also negative.
At the moment, only residents of countries included in the EU’s list of epidemiologically safe third countries can enter Germany without restrictions. The list currently includes Australia, Argentina, Bahrain, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Jordan, Canada, Qatar, Kuwait, Macau, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, and China, which is currently subject to reciprocity. Argentina, Colombia, Namibia and Peru were only added to this list last week.
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