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Germany to Lift Quarantine Requirement for Children Travelling From High-Risk Countries

Germany’s Health Minister, Karl Lauterbach, has announced that the country will ease COVID-19 entry restrictions for children.

The minister told Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung that the country’s authorities are expected to relax entry rules for children because the Omicron variant no longer poses a threat to public health, TheSchengen.com reports.

In line with Germany’s current entry rules, all children under the age of 12 who have not been vaccinated or recovered from the virus arriving in Germany from a high-risk country must follow the ten-day quarantine requirement.

However, the self-isolation period can be ended early by applying by taking the COVID-19 test no later than five days later.

“The quarantine requirement applies to arrivals from high-risk areas until evidence of complete vaccination, recovery from an infection or a negative test result is presented through the entry portal of the Federal Republic of Germany (www.einreiseanmeldung.de),” reads the statement of the German Federal Ministry of Health.

On the other hand, different rules currently apply to children under the age of six. Children under the age of six can automatically end quarantine after the fifth day without having to be tested.

“Children under the age of six are exempt from the obligation to provide evidence. In their case, quarantine after staying in a high-risk area ends automatically after the fifth day after entering Germany,” the ministry said in a statement.

As almost all EU/Schengen area countries are currently part of Germany’s high risk list, the quarantine requirements that apply to unvaccinated and unwell children have made the travel process for those who want to visit Germany more complicated.

The new entry rules that will apply to children now need to be formally approved by the state authorities in order to begin to be fully effective. Once it comes into effect, children will be able to enter Germany without having to follow quarantine requirements.

It is not yet clear whether Germany will also relax travel rules for adult travelers, especially those traveling from third countries.

The Council of the European Union has advised all EU member states to relax their entry rules for non-EU travelers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 as well as for those who have recovered from the virus.

The council recommended that EU countries allow what is not necessary for all third-country travelers who have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines that received the green light from the European Medicines Agency or the World Health Organization.

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