Germany : Travel ban lifted on countries hit by the Delta variant
Germany lifts travel ban on countries hit by the Delta variant including UK, India, Nepal, Russia and Portugal. Germany’s health agency, The Robert Koch Institute said the countries will be reclassified from being listed as virus variant countries to ‘high-incidence areas’ from Wednesday onwards.
Fully vaccinated visitors from these nations will not need to quarantine. Non vaccinated travellers will need to quarantine for ten days, with an option to end quarantine sooner if they test negative in five days. Only citizens or residents of Germany can enter the country without having to quarantine, regardless of their vaccination status.
Non-vaccinated people will however still be required to quarantine for up to 10 days, with the option to end their quarantine early with a negative test on the fifth day. The five countries have until now been classified as “virus variant areas” because of the spread of the Delta and Delta Plus variants, which were first identified in India.
So far, 3.24 crore people in Germany have been fully vaccinated. The UK too is expected to announce travel plans for its citizens to ‘amber’ or countries designated as a medium risk for COVID-19, without having to quarantine on their return.
Germany’s relaxation of restrictions came a few hours after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the country is expecting to lift all Covid-related rules from 19 July.