Germany is easing strict travel restrictions from Britain, Portugal and some other countries that were imposed due to the emergence of the more contagious type of delta virus.
Associated Press reports: Germany’s national disease control center, the Robert Koch Institute, said late Monday that Britain, Portugal, Russia, India and Nepal would be removed from the country’s highest-risk “virus change areas” category from Wednesday. They will move to the second highest category of “high incidence areas”.
The United Kingdom has been in the highest risk category for coronavirus infection since May 23, and last Tuesday joined Russia and Portugal, one of Germany’s European Union partners.
Airlines and others are largely limited to transporting German citizens and residents from “virus variant areas”, and those who arrive must spend 14 days in home quarantine.
However, people arriving from “high-infection areas” can avoid quarantine if they can prove they have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid. Others can cut out the mandatory 10-day quarantine by testing negative after five days. Transportation is no longer restricted.
Officials said the lists will be revised as the rate of delta-type infections rises in Germany. Although the overall case numbers are very low, it is now believed that more than half of the new cases are due to deltas.
Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated during a visit to Britain on Friday that restrictions on travel from the UK would soon be eased.
Eleven countries will remain on Germany’s “virus zone variant” list for the time being: Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Uruguay.