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Germany Travel Restrictions: Another 35 Countries Added to High-Risk List

Travelers from 35 other countries in the world will be subject to stricter entry restrictions when traveling to Germany, starting Sunday, January 16, as these countries have been added to the high-risk list.

Reporting the situation of COVID-19 abroad, On Friday, January 14, the German Agency for Disease Prevention and Control, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), added the following 35 countries to its high-risk list:

Albania Antigua and Barbuda Equatorial Guinea Benin Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Burkina Faso Costa Rica Dominican Republic Djibouti Eritrea France – French Overseas Territories Saint Pierre and Miquelon Gambia Guinea Bissau Guyana Colombia Latvia Liberia Madagascar Netherlands – Outer part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Kingdom of Saint Martin Netherlands Niger North Macedonia Austria – excluding Mittelberg, Jongols and Wadi Reiss in the Vomp and Eben am Achensee community Peru Philippines Saint Kitts and Nevis Lucia Vincent and the Grenadines Sao Tome and Principe Senegal Serbia Somalia Suriname Chad Central African Republic

Just last week, a total of 39 countries in the world were added to Germany’s list of high-risk areas, among them Australia, Estonia, Iceland, Sweden, Rwanda and the United Arab Emirates.

Travelers from high-risk countries are subject to additional travel restrictions. According to the RKI, everyone is required to register at and carry the confirmation with them when entering Germany.

“The confirmation will be checked by the carrier and may also be checked by the Federal Police in the framework of its responsibilities as a border control agency,” the agency explains.

At the same time, all travelers from high-risk areas aged six and over must present a negative test result, evidence of vaccination or recovery in order to be eligible to enter the country.

“Travelers who have spent time in an at-risk area should make their way directly to their homes upon arrival and remain isolated there for ten days (home quarantine),” RKI also notes while explaining that quarantine can be ended once travelers update proof of vaccination or Healing on If the guide was uploaded before arriving in Germany, there is no need for quarantine.

However, those who enter Germany on the basis of a COVID-19 test cannot finish their quarantine earlier than the fifth day of isolation, when they must be tested again. They can only leave the quarantine after the negative test results are out and updated on

The COVID-19 high-risk list has been expanded due to the spread of the Omicron virus variant. As a more transmissible variant, Omicron has caused the number of COVID-19 cases to rise worldwide.

Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that Germany alone recorded 381,568 new cases of COVID-19 in the past seven days. The number of new COVID-19 cases reported during the same period worldwide was 18,493,799.

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