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Unvaccinated Americans Can Travel to Germany Under Facilitated Entry Rules Starting From Nov.14

US citizens who have not yet been vaccinated, as well as those who have not recently recovered from the coronavirus, can travel to Germany under concessional rules starting next Sunday, November 14.

Among other things, they will be able to skip quarantine and multiple tests for COVID-19.

Such a thing would be possible after the United States was removed from Germany’s high-risk list, based on a review of the list by the Federal Ministry of Health, the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Construction and Society.

The decision was announced by the Robert Koch Institute, a German agency for disease prevention and control. On the other hand, the same thing added to the high risk list the following:

Austria (except for the municipality of Mittelberg, Jungholz and Rechtal in the municipality district of Vomp and Eben am Achensee) Czech Republic Hungary Lao People’s Democratic Republic

For Americans, being taken off the high-risk list means they can now travel to Germany without having to undergo quarantine upon arrival in the country. However, they will need to be tested for COVID-19 if they have not been vaccinated against the virus, and they have not recently recovered from it.

“All immigrants — regardless of whether they are in a high-risk area or a virus-changing area or not — are required to have evidence of no SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection (evidence of vaccination, testing, recovery) upon entry,” explains the Department of German Health in its Decree of 8 November, which sets out the new COVID-19 entry rules.

Only children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement.

For travelers over 12 years of age who have not been vaccinated, the test must be done within the last 72 hours prior to arrival in Germany, if the PCR test, while antigen tests must be taken within the previous 24 hours only.

Previously, US travelers who had not been vaccinated against COVID-19, as well as those who had not recently recovered from the virus, had to go through several entry procedures, including registration and quarantine.

The quarantine obligation for travelers of high-risk intentions lasts for ten days, although it can be terminated prematurely on the fifth day of isolation.

Last week, on November 5, RKI removed Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Jamaica, Cuba, Myanmar and Saint Lucia from its high-risk list.

Since November 8, German citizens vaccinated against the virus have finally been able to travel to the United States, nearly 20 months after they were banned from traveling to that country.

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