Germany is easing quarantine restrictions for travelers from several countries, including the UK, as of 7 July. The downgrade was recommended by the Robert Koch Institute, the country’s federal public health agency.
under the new rules, people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or who can prove they have recovered from the virus, will no longer need to isolate themselves when traveling from the UK to Germany
Travelers from India, Nepal, Portugal and Russia were also exempt from quarantine.
Individuals who have not been vaccinated will still need to be quarantined, but the required isolation period has been reduced to 10 days. People who receive a negative COVID-19 test result after five days will have the option to leave quarantine earlier.
Before the relaxation of restrictions, Germany prohibited foreign visitors, only allowing its own citizens and residents to enter its borders. It also required all arriving travelers, including those who were fully vaccinated, to be quarantined for 14 days.
The new plan was negotiated during recent negotiations between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Previously, German authorities feared that British travelers would spread the most contagious delta variant of the coronavirus.
First identified in India, the delta strain now accounts for 90% of all new infections in the UK. In an effort to contain it, Germany gave Britain its highest COVID-19 travel designation, a “virus variant area”, on May 23rd.
However, now that the variant is prevalent in many European countries, Germany has reduced the UK to a “high incidence area”, which is its second highest designation.
Germany still lists 11 countries on its “virus variant area” list, including Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Uruguay.
After two months of steady decline, new COVID cases in Germany are on the rise again. According to the RKI, 985 new infections occurred on July 7, an increase of 177 cases compared to last week’s daily increase.
The country’s average seven-day infection rate was 5.1 cases per 100,000 people on July 6, an increase from 4.9 cases per 100,000 people in the previous week.
Since the start of the pandemic, Germany has reported a total of 3.73 million cases and 91,110 deaths.