American nationals who haven’t been vaccinated yet, as well as those who haven’t recently recovered from the Coronavirus, can travel to Germany under facilitated rules starting from the upcoming Sunday, November 14.
Among others, they will be able to skip quarantine and multiple testing for COVID-19.
Such a thing will be possible after the United States has been removed from the high-risk list of Germany, upon a review of the list by the Federal Ministry of Health, the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community.
The decision has been announced by the Robert Koch Institute, which is Germany’s agency for disease prevention and control. The same has, on the other hand, added to the high-risk list the following:
- Austria (with the exception of the municipality of Mittelberg and Jungholz and Rißtal in the municipal area of Vomp and Eben am Achensee)
- the Czech Republic
- Lao People’s Democratic Republic
For Americans, being removed from the high-risk list means that they can now travel to Germany without having to undergo quarantine upon arrival into the country. They will, however, need to get tested for COVID-19 if they have not been vaccinated against the virus, nor recovered from it recently.
“All immigrants – regardless of whether they have been in a high-risk area or virus variant area or not – are obliged to have proof of the absence of an infection with the SARS – CoV -2 coronavirus ( proof of vaccination, test, recovery) upon entry,” the German Ministry of Health explains in its ordinance of November 8, which lays out the new COVID-19 entry rules.
Only children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement.
For travellers over 12 who are not vaccinated, the test must be taken within the last 72 hours before they arrive in Germany, if it is a PCR test, whereas antigen tests should be taken within the prior 24 hours only.
Previously, American travellers who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19, as well as those who haven’t recovered from the virus recently, had to go through several more entry procedures, including registration and quarantine.
The quarantine obligation for travellers from high-risk rea lasts ten days, though it can be ended prematurely on the fifth day of isolation.
Whereas since November 8, German nationals who are vaccinated against the virus have finally been able to travel to the US, after about 20 months of being banned from travelling to this country.