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New Rules Now Apply for Entering Germany

On the recommendation of the European Commission, the German authorities decided to shorten the validity of vaccination certificates to 270 days.

The new vaccination data rule went into effect on February 1 and affects everyone traveling within the European Union, reports.

The Commission has proposed that, from 1 February, EU member states set a standard acceptance rate of 270 days for certificates of vaccination. This recommendation was made in order to coordinate travel measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic as well as make the travel process less complex.

In line with this proposed rule, people arriving in Germany need to provide valid proof that they received their last dose of vaccine (from the two-dose vaccination program) within the last 270 days in order to be exempt from additional entry procedures, such as testing and quarantine requirements.

It is believed that people who were vaccinated more than 270 days ago will be considered non-immune upon arrival in Germany if they have not yet received a booster shot.

However, German authorities have not yet provided any information regarding the booster doses and the times of the corresponding periods. The booster vaccine refers to the third vaccine given to people who have already completed the initial vaccination.

Apart from this change, Germany has also shortened the validity of redemption certificates.

According to the German body responsible for disease prevention and control, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), refund certificates are now only valid for 90 days.

Previously, redemption certificates were valid for 180 days. However, according to German authorities, unvaccinated people infected with the virus are only temporarily protected from disease. For this reason, they decided to shorten its validity.

“The duration of the recovered state was reduced from 6 months to 90 days because the scientific evidence to date indicates that unvaccinated individuals who become infected have reduced and even more temporary protection against reinfection with the omicron variant compared to the delta variant,” notes RKI.

Germany also urged the European Union to reduce the validity of redemption certificates to 90 days. German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach had called on the European Union to make such a proposal in order to protect public health within the bloc.

Last week, Germany added 12 more countries to its list of high-risk areas with increasing infection rates. Travelers from high-risk areas need to follow the extended entry rules when arriving in Germany.

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