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Germany Tightens Travel Restrictions for Visitors From Austria, Czechia, Hungary & Laos

Travelers from Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Laos will be subject to stricter entry restrictions when traveling to Germany as the four countries have been added to the latter’s high-risk list.

In line with an announcement by the German body responsible for disease prevention and control, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) will, from Sunday 14 November, put Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Laos on the high-risk list as they have reported more than 100 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people over the past week.

However, it was highlighted that several Austrian regions – Mittelberg, Jungolz, the Reis Valley in Vomp municipality, and Ibn am Akensee – would not be included in the high-risk list, reports.

According to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), in the past 24 hours only, Austria has reported 11,571 new cases of COVID-19. The Czech Republic reported during the same period

13,502 new cases, followed by Hungary with 8,394 new cases, and Laos with 1,140 new cases.

Thus, in line with the current rules that Germany applies against arrivals from the listed high-risk countries, travelers arriving in Germany from one of these four countries must fill out a digital entry form on, and carry the confirmation with them upon entry. Germany.

In addition, travelers from Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Laos are also required to remain isolated for ten days upon arrival.

However, German authorities have made it clear that travelers who prove that they have been fully immunized with one of the vaccines recognized in Germany can bypass the quarantine requirement.

>> Germany allows entry to travelers with 5 COVID-19 vaccines, including Covishield

Those with a recovery certificate indicating that the carrier has recovered from the virus within the past six months, can also end their isolation prematurely.

“Vaccinated and recovered persons can finish quarantine from the time proof of vaccination or recovery is sent through the entry gate. If dispatch is made prior to entry (strongly recommended), then there is no need for quarantine.”

At the same time, in the latest update, RKI removed the United States from the high-risk list. This means that Americans who are not immunized, as well as those who have not recovered from the virus, will be able to travel to Germany under the concessional rules, starting next Sunday. US citizens will be able to bypass the quarantine rule, though, and will still be required to get tested.

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