Germany Opens Borders for British & African Travellers

LONDON – On the dawn of New Year’s Day, Germany has announced that it will be removing the United Kingdom from its “Virus Variant” list effective from 04th January 2022.

This enables British travelers to commute freely once again between Germany and the UK without any travel restrictions. 

The German “Virus Variant” list is like the UK traffic light system and categorizes respective countries on the score of viruses spread severity.

Earlier, the traffic light designator had put Germany in red light, where German travelers were required to provide mandatory pre-departure negative RT-PCR and undergo two-week institutional quarantine on arrival in the UK, despite the individual being completely vaccinated.

As the Omicron is being prominently dominant variant across Europe, the prestigious Robert Koch Institute has declared that the government has downgraded the UK to its high-risk designator on 30th December 2021, along with eight other countries from African Continent.

The change has moved the UK and the eight African nations from “Virus Variant’ to “high risk” designator and will be effective from 04th January 2022.

This change further means that British travelers can now enter Germany freely on the condition of furbishing the “Fully Vaccinated” certificate or “recovery from Covid-19”.

However, the unvaccinated travelers still must undergo mandatory 10 days quarantine upon arrival in Germany but have an option of “test to release” on or after the 5th day.

All the “high risk” designator country arrival must complete Passenger Locator Forms (PLF) and must follow covid protocols as laid by the German government to curb the transmission.

Germany has reported more than 16,500 cases of Omicron variant since mid of November, along with 42,000 Covid-19 cases as of December 2021.

The Robert Koch Institute suggested that there is a gap in the data harnessed due to the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period.

The German government designated the UK as a “Virus Variant” country on 20th December 2021 on the grounds of daily detection of more than 200,000 cases. This forced many Christmases and New Year Travel plans into disarray.

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