German authorities have announced that the country will lift the travel warning for most of the countries that it previously imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
This decision was revealed by the German Foreign Minister, who announced that lifting the travel warning would help return life to normal in the country as the number of citizens who underwent the COVID-19 vaccination process continues to increase.
However, the minister indicated that the restrictions will remain in place for all countries where the variants of the Corona virus are still widespread.
The decision to lift the pandemic travel warning is expected to be effective from July 1, TheSchengen.com reports.
“Improving the epidemiological situation in Germany and large parts of Europe, advanced vaccinations and the introduction of the digital COVID certificate (DCC) on July 1, 2021, make travel easier. Therefore, travel warnings will also be adjusted from July 1,” the Foreign Ministry statement read.
In addition, it was announced that countries with 50-200 cases of infection per 100,000 residents in the past seven days will not be considered “high infection rate areas”.
In turn, the restrictions will remain in place for countries with high numbers of COVID-19 cases.
Currently, virus-changing regions in Germany, also known as countries with widespread mutagenicity and rapid transmission, include Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini, India, Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Nepal, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Uruguay, and Northern Ireland.
The United Kingdom has also been placed on the list of changing regions for viruses, which means that arrivals from the United Kingdom are prohibited from entering Germany due to the high rates of COVID-19 mutations.
All people who are allowed to enter Germany after staying more than ten days in the virus-variant region must provide a negative COVID-19 test result, evidence of vaccination or evidence of recovery.
Following the ministry’s announcement, it was also confirmed that arrivals from EU/Schengen area countries and regions, and third countries exempted from travel restrictions, will still be allowed to enter the country without being subject to travel restrictions. However, everyone is advised to be very careful.
So far, Germany has recorded 371,969 cases of coronavirus and 89,834 deaths. The country has given at least 60,105,411 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, an average of about 737,242 doses per day over the past week.
If you plan to visit Germany during the summer of 2021, be sure to check the latest information regarding entry rules and restrictions.