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Germany Tightens Entry Rules for Arrivals From Belgium, Greece, Ireland & Netherlands

From Sunday, November 21, non-vaccinated and non-exempt travelers from Belgium, Greece, Iceland and the Netherlands will be required to follow additional entry rules upon arrival in Germany as these countries have been placed on a high risk list.

According to the announcement by the German body responsible for disease prevention and control, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the four countries will be classified as high-risk as they have recorded more than 100 positive cases of COVID-19 virus per 100,000 inhabitants. In the past seven days, reports.

World Health Organization (WHO) figures show that during the past 24 hours, Ireland recorded 3,632 new cases during the same period, followed by Greece with 6,653 new cases, and the Netherlands with 20,829 new cases.

While data from the World Health Organization shows that Belgium reported ten new cases in the past 24 hours, Worldometer data shows that the country has already recorded more than 16,000 new cases.

Thus, all people coming from these four countries or any other region that is already part of Germany’s high-risk list, are required to fill out a digital entry form and carry a confirmation of completion with them.

Furthermore, travelers from Belgium, Ireland, Greece and the Netherlands must stay isolated for ten days upon arrival in Germany.

However, the authorities have made it clear that travelers who prove that they have been fully immunized with an acceptable dose of vaccine can bypass the quarantine requirements. Germany recognizes five COVID-19 vaccines for travel, including Covishield.

Travelers with a certificate proving that the carrier has recovered from the virus within the past six months are also eligible to skip self-isolation.

“People aged 12 or over must, as a general rule, have a negative test result or evidence of vaccination or recovery when entering the country. The authorities have made clear that the general obligation to provide evidence applies regardless of the mode of transport or whether the person has spent time in a high-risk area or an area of ​​variables of concern.

On the other hand, the RKI removed Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Suriname and two French overseas departments – French Guiana and New Caledonia – from the high-risk list. This means that travelers from these areas will not be required to follow strict entry rules. However, everyone must still meet the entry requirements in Germany.

Previously, German authorities announced that US citizens who have not yet been vaccinated against the emerging coronavirus and who have not recovered from the virus can travel to Germany under concessional rules. Those coming from the US can now bypass self-isolation requirements and multiple tests.

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