Germany imposes stricter restrictions for 7 third countries

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Germany has decided to impose stricter restrictions on seven more countries, after the German Robert Koch Institute (RKI) added them to the list of countries at high epidemiological risk.

On August 3, RKI - which is an agency subordinate to the Federal Ministry of Health, responsible for disease control and prevention - published the new list of countries and territories considered high-risk areas by the German authorities. Thus, the seven countries that entered the list are: Albania, Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Japan, Palestine, Serbia and Sri Lanka.

The list of epidemiologically high risk areas has been expanded with the seven countries, after they marked an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. The decision, which took effect on September 5, obliges all visitors from these countries who are eligible to enter Germany and are over 12 years old to present a certificate attesting that they have been vaccinated, that they have passed through the disease. or that they have been tested negative. They are also required to register at before arriving in Germany and having proof of registration with them when entering German territory.

Passengers in high-risk areas are allowed to enter Germany if they are completely vaccinated with one of the vaccines accepted by the German authorities as valid proof of immunity.

On August 24, RKI added the Greek islands of Crete and Tinos on the list of areas with high epidemiological risk. Over the past month, other countries such as Thailand, Northern Macedonia, Morocco and Montenegro they have also become part of this list.

Currently, unvaccinated travelers can only enter Germany from the following third countries: Armenia, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Hong Kong, Jordan, Macao, Moldova, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Ukraine.

Germany is currently among the EU countries with the highest COVID-19 rates, along with Spain, France, Portugal, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania and Latvia. World Health Organization data show that Germany has reported over 73.000 new cases in the last 7 days per 100 residents.

In Germany, from 3 January 2020 to 7 September 2021, 4.010.390 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 92.354 deaths were reported to the WHO. As of September 2, 2021, a total of 102.437.852 million doses of vaccine had been administered.

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