The German authorities have revealed that they plan on easing the restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers entering from a country placed on Germany’s virus variant areas list.
The list of virus variant areas includes countries and regions where the COVID-19 variants have widely spread and are being transmitted at a very fast rate. Germany’s virus variant areas list currently includes Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Uruguay, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Thus, in line with the newly made announcement, travellers from one of the countries mentioned above, soon will no longer be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
They will now be able to shorten their self-isolation period as long as they provide proof that the vaccine they have been immunised with is effective against the COVID-19 variant prevailing in the country/region they are travelling from.
Yet, more detailed information on when such a decision will become fully effective and how early the self-isolation period can be shortened is still to be announced, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Following the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations, in order to be permitted entry in Germany, all travellers should be immunised with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
As such, according to the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, Germany recognises the following vaccines: BioNTech/Pfizer, Janssen, Moderna, and AstraZeneca. In addition, the Ministry has also announced that the country now also recognises the Covishield vaccine since it has been listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Currently, Germany has a ban against arrivals from virus variant areas. After staying for more than ten days in a virus variant area, those who are permitted entry to the country must present a negative COVID-19 test result, proof of vaccination against the disease, or proof of recovery.
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