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Germany Removes 9 EU/Schengen Area and 25 Third Countries From High-Risk List

Travelers from nine EU/Schengen area countries and 25 non-EU countries will be able to travel to Germany under the concessional rules from February 27 as the last authorities decided to remove them from the high risk list.

Updating the list of countries no longer severely affected by the coronavirus, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has announced that all of the following countries and territories in the EU/Schengen Area will no longer be classified as high risk:

Belgium Bulgaria French Overseas Province of Guadeloupe, Saint Barthelemy and Saint Martin Italy Croatia Luxembourg Netherlands – Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Saint Eustatius and Saint Martin Poland San Marino Sweden Hungary

This step means that travelers from the countries and territories listed above will not be required to check in before entering Germany. In addition, they will also be exempted from the requirements for self-isolation from February 27.

However, German authorities stressed that all incoming travelers must still provide a certificate indicating that the carrier has recovered, been vaccinated against the virus, or has tested negative.

The requirement to provide proof of entry applies to everyone regardless of their country of origin.

“Everyone over six years of age is obligated to carry proof of their COVID-19 status when entering Germany. Therefore, people over six years of age must have a negative test result, evidence of recovery or vaccination when entering Germany,” it said. In the statement of the German Federal Foreign Office.

Germany accepts vaccination cards as long as the holder has completed the initial vaccination with one of the vaccine doses recognized by Germany within the last 270 days (nine months) or has received a booster dose.

Return certificates are accepted only if the last positive test result was taken no more than 90 days before entering Germany. As for negative tests, the authorities have made it clear that Germany accepts both rapid antigen tests and a polymerase chain reaction test. Rapid antigen test must be performed within 48 hours, PCR test must be performed within 72 hours prior to arrival

In addition, the following 25 third countries will be removed from Germany’s high-risk list this Sunday:

Albania Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Australia Bangladesh Belize Bolivia Bosnia and Herzegovina Ecuador Granada Guyana Iraq Colombia Kosovo Madagascar Montenegro North Macedonia Panama Peru Philippines Saint Lucia Serbia Seychelles Suriname Ukraine

Travelers from these third countries or any other country outside the European Union that is no longer part of the high-risk list can enter Germany under the concessional entry rules as long as they present a valid vaccination certificate.

Redemption certificates issued by other countries are not currently recognized in Germany.

German authorities emphasized that “entry from any other country for any purpose (including visits and tourism) is only possible for people who have been fully vaccinated.”

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