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Germany Ends Travel Ban for British Travellers From January 4

Citizens of the United Kingdom planning to travel to Germany will no longer be obliged to stay self-isolated for two weeks upon their arrival, as authorities in Germany have officially lifted such a requirement.

Previously, Germany’s government tightened its entry rules for travellers from the United Kingdom and Southern African countries that have recently been profoundly affected by the Omicron variant; however, it was announced that such a requirement would be lifted on January 4.

As part of such strict rules introduced previously by the German government, only German citizens, residents, as well as persons who fell under specific categories were allowed to enter the country.

However, travellers from the UK and other countries highly affected by the virus are still required to register at upon their arrival in Germany and hold a confirmation registration with them upon entry.

In this regard, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs has published an announcement clarifying the recent entry rules:

“Upon entry into the Federal Republic of Germany, individuals aged six years or older need to be in possession of proof of testing, proof of recovery, or proof of vaccination. As a general rule, Covid tests (antigen tests or PCR tests) must not be older than 48 hours at the time of (planned) entry into Germany,” the statement reads.

Previously, the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases (RKI) announced that no more countries would be included on the variant concern list from Tuesday due to the Coronavirus Omicron variant.

Arrivals from countries included on the list of countries considered highly affected by the Omicron variant were obliged to follow two weeks compulsory quarantine requirement without being able to shorten the quarantine period by presenting a valid proof of vaccination or a negative result of the Covid-19 test.

Authorities in Germany also limited entry to the country for its citizens and residents planning to enter Germany from areas of variant concern.

However, the current rules applied to travellers from high-risk areas, travellers who can prove that they have completed their immunization process against the virus are not obliged to follow the quarantine requirement, as reported by Deutsche Welle.

As for unvaccinated travellers, they are obliged to stay self-isolated for ten days but can shorten the quarantine period to five days provided they undergo a Covid-19 test, and the result is negative.

According to the data published by the World Health Organization, a total of 7,066,412 people in Germany have tested positive for the Coronavirus, while 1,11,219 people have lost their lives due to the Covid-19 and its new strains during the same period.

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