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Germany Travel Restrictions: 7 More Third-Countries Added to List of High-Risk Areas, Including Japan

Residents of seven other third countries will face additional entry restrictions when trying to enter Germany after Germany’s Robert Koch Institute added these countries to its list of high-risk areas in connection with the coronavirus pandemic.

On Friday, August 3, the RKI – the agency of the Federal Ministry of Health responsible for disease control and prevention – published the new list of countries and territories that German authorities consider high-risk areas, including the following in this list:

Albania Azerbaijan Guatemala Japan Palestinian Territories Serbia Sri Lanka

The list of high-risk areas has been expanded with these countries, after all of them have recorded an increase in the number of COVID-19 over the past weeks. World Health Organization data shows that in the past 24 hours, 17,456 cases were detected in Japan alone, which has a population of 126.3 million.

The decision, which will become effective on Sunday, September 5, means that all visitors from these countries who are eligible to enter Germany, and are aged 12 or over, are required to present vaccination certificates, or test results, upon entry. They are also obligated to register with before arriving in Germany and to carry proof of registration with them upon arrival in the country.

“In addition, when entering the Federal Republic of Germany after residing in a high-risk foreign zone or virus-variant zone, special requirements for registration, proof and quarantine must be observed,” RKI notes in its latest update to its Risk Zones.

At the same time, he draws attention to the fact that, given the constantly changing situation regarding the coronavirus epidemic, “it may be necessary to designate new high-risk areas and changing areas of the virus in a very short time.”

Last week, on August 24, the RKI added the Greek islands of Crete and Tinos to its high-risk list. Over the past month, other countries such as Thailand, North Macedonia, Morocco and Montenegro have become part of this list.

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Currently, unvaccinated travelers can only enter from the following third countries: Armenia, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Hong Kong, Jordan, Macau, Moldova, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Ukraine .

However, even travelers from high-risk areas are allowed to enter Germany if they have been fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines accepted by German authorities as valid proof of immunity.

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Germany is currently among the European Union countries with the highest rates of COVID-19, along with Spain, France, Portugal, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania and Latvia. WHO data shows that Germany has reported 84.8 new cases per day for the past seven days per 100,000 residents, while France has reported 143.85, Spain 80.63 and Portugal 135.01.

On the other hand, during the past 24 hours, Germany recorded 14,251 new cases of infection, bringing the total number of cases recorded since the beginning of the epidemic to 3984353 cases.

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