More than a hundred Indian nationals with a job offer in German companies and students admitted to German colleges have asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be exempted from the country’s travel ban.
Signatories to the petition include researchers, data scientists, managers and engineers who have written to the German government saying their work is at risk due to Germany’s travel restrictions against arrivals from India.
Germany imposed a travel ban on arrivals from India on April 26, 2021, which was recently extended until July 28, 2021, TheSchengen.com reports.
As such, people who have resided in India in the past 10 days, including holders of study and employment visas, are not allowed to enter Germany.
Some of the people who signed such a request claimed that more than 600 employees and about 900 students are waiting for the travel ban to be lifted and to travel to Germany. In addition, they said that EU and German laws do not allow them to work remotely.
“I was working as a support executive here in Bangalore for a multinational company. I need to travel to Frankfurt for the same role. I have postponed joining twice due to travel ban. I have a valid visa. My pre-approval is about to expire, in which case I will not be able to travel, Which will lead to job loss,” one of the signatories said.
Unlike Germany, many other countries, including France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria, allow entry to those coming from India for work purposes.
Currently, Germany imposes strict restrictions on entry for arrivals from virus infection areas. Excluding India, this list also includes Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini, India, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Uruguay, and the United Kingdom.
Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores) and Russia have also been classified as variable regions of the virus.
Only legal German citizens and non-German residents are allowed to return to Germany after staying in a virus-changing country. However, the ministry stresses that arrivals from one of the countries on this list must remain self-isolating for 14 days even if they have recovered from the virus or been vaccinated.
Previously, in line with the latest recommendations of the Council of the European Union, the German authorities decided to allow unrestricted entry for those coming from third countries. In contrast, the United Kingdom was excluded due to the prevalence of the delta variant in its territory.