With the recent spate of countries opening their borders and peeling back their restrictions, it can be hard to keep track of which places are taking it slower than others. Whilst the likes of Greece have opened their borders to all in a bid to kickstart tourism, others – such as their European neighbors Germany – have approached the situation in a more cautious manner.
However, even amongst the likes of Germany there’s a sign that things are starting to heat up, following the news that more countries are set to be able to visit the history-laden country. Here’s a look at which countries were given the green light to visit, plus a reminder of Covid-19 restrictions in the country.
Covid-19 In Germany – Information For Travelers
It’s fair to say that Germany has struggled with the spread of Covid-19 at several different points throughout the pandemic. The country experienced two strong waves – one coming at the end of 2020 and the other hitting again just a few months ago in April – that set alarm bells ringing, with the country registering an average of around 20,000 daily cases during these periods.
Thankfully however, the present-day situation is far better. Germany is currently reporting a rolling 7-day average of new cases that’s below 600, with an incidence rate of just 5 new infections per 100,000. On top of this, the country is also making steady progress with regard to its vaccination campaign. A total of 77.3 million doses have been administered by the country, with 32.4 million citizens fully vaccinated – which makes up 39% of the population.
Germany To Loosen Travel Restrictions – What Travelers Should Know
Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, has been vocal in her concerns about the Delta variant spreading across Europe. More transmissible than regular Covid-19, the Delta variant could wreak havoc with the recent reopening that the EU has undergone, and could threaten to undo the efforts that Germany have put into limiting the spread of Covid-19 in their border.
As a result, Germany has separated countries into different categories depending on their Covid-19 threat level:
- Areas of variants of concern
- High incidence areas
- Basic risk areas
- Regions no longer considered as risk areas
The restrictions that a country faces when traveling to Germany can be determined depending on which list it finds itself in. Under the highest level, “Areas of variants of concern”, travelers need to self-isolate for 14 days regardless of Covid-19 status, and only German citizens can travel to Germany.
From tomorrow, Germany is set to move the United Kingdom, India, Nepal, Portugal and Russia from the “Area of variants of concern” list to “High incidence areas” – which means travel restrictions for those countries will change. Vaccinated travelers and those who have recovered from Covid-19 will not need to self-isolate at all, whilst unvaccinated travelers must self-isolate for 10 days but would be able to leave quarantine early with a negative test on the fifth day.
Travelers heading to Germany will be able to get an authentic experience given that the country has already rolled back many of its Covid-19-related measures. Whilst medical-grade masks are compulsory in shops and on public transport, most things are back to normal as restaurants, bars, beer gardens, museums, hotels and concert halls have reopened. Due to Germany’s federal system, different regions may impose stricter rules depending on their Covid-19 situation.
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