Germany travel restrictions facilitated for SL, 4 other countries

TPL | Published: 1:18 PM Oct 16 2021
Local Germany travel restrictions facilitated for SL, 4 other countries

Travellers from Algeria, Fiji, Morocco, Sri Lanka and Tunisia can now enter Germany under facilitated entry restrictions, as all five third countries have been removed from the list of high-risk areas.

Updating the list, the Robert Koch Institute, which is the German agency responsible for disease control and prevention, also added to the list Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe, upon an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the territory of both countries.

“The list below for the classification of risk areas is effective from Sunday, October 17, 2021, at 12:00 a.m. The classification of risk areas can change at short notice. Please check immediately before departure whether the countries in which you have stayed in the last ten days before entering Germany are classified as risk areas,” the RKI notes amongst others.

The move means that starting from Sunday, travellers from Gabon and Sao Tome and will have to register at before arriving in Germany.

They will also have to quarantine for a period of ten days, which can be ended prematurely if the traveller provides proof of vaccination or previous recovery. The quarantine can also be ended earlier if the traveller tests for COVID-19, though not earlier than on the fifth day.

“The quarantine period may be ended on the basis of a negative test carried out no earlier than five days after entry,” the German Foreign Office explains.

On the other hand, travellers from Algeria, Fiji, Morocco, Sri Lanka, and Tunisia are no longer subject to these requirements, in particular travellers vaccinated against COVID-19.

Data by the World Health Organization shows that the newly reported cases in the last seven days per 100,000 population per each country are as follows:

Algeria – 1.66

Fiji – 35.7

Morocco – 9.59

Sri Lanka -25.83

Tunisia – 11.8

The same rates for Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe are 44.57 and 29.66, respectively.

Germany, on the other hand, has reported 71.26 new cases in the last seven days per 100,000 population.

Last week, reported that the RKI had added Estonia, Latvia, Brunei Darussalam, Ukraine, and Yemen to the list of high-risk areas. 

At the same time, Azerbaijan, Colombia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, the French regions of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy, French Polynesia, and the Norwegian counties of Oslo and Viken were removed from the list through the same update.

Currently, travellers from Australia, Bahrain, Chile, Hong Kong, Jordan, Canada, Qatar, Kuwait, Macau, New Zealand, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Uruguay, and United Arab Emirates can enter Germany restriction-free, regardless of their vaccination status.

According to the Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affair, the list is based on the EU’s list of epidemiologically safe third countries. This list will also include China as soon as the latter reciprocates the move and permits entry for EU citizens.

Germany also has a list of countries in which there is a worrying virus variant, which list is currently empty.

There are no entry restrictions on travel from other EI/EEA countries or Switzerland, aside from the requirement of proof of vaccination, recovery, or negative COVID-19 test results.


TPL | Published: 1:18 PM Oct 16 2021

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