Germany has updated the list of areas with a high epidemiological risk. Another county in Romania enters the red list of Germany.

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Following the clarifications of September 17, 2020, regarding the modification of the entry conditions on the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs that the German authorities have updated the list of "risk areas" in Romania, with effect from September 23, 2020.

Germany has updated the list of areas with a high epidemiological risk

As a result of this update, Covasna county was introduced in the risk category. At this time, taking into account these latest decisions of the German authorities, together with Bucharest, 12 counties in Romania are on the list of "risk areas": Bacau, Bihor, Brăila, Brașov, Caraş-Severin, Covasna, Iasi, Ilfov, Neamț, Prahova, Vaslui, Vâlcea.

According to the information transmitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs previously, the counties withdrawn from the list so far are the following: Argeș (at 16.09), Buzău (at 09.09), Dâmbovița (at 16.09), Galați (09.09), Gorj (at 02.09), Ialomița ( on 20.08), Mehedinți (on 20.08), Neamț (on 02.09, but reintroduced on 16.09), Timiș (on 20.08) and Vrancea (on 09.09).

According to information publicly provided by the German authorities, persons entering the Federal Republic of Germany from "risk areas" are required to complete a "landing form" (Public Health Passenger Locator Form).

At the same time, all persons entering the Federal Republic of Germany after being in one of the "risk areas" at any time during the last 14 days before arrival are required to carry out self-isolation at home or in other suitable accommodation for a period of time. 14 days after arrival.

There are two exceptions to this obligation. The first exception applies to persons who present a molecular biological test for COVID-19 with a negative result performed no later than 48 hours before entry into Germany., by a medical certificate translated into German or English which must be kept for at least 14 days after entry.

The second exception applies to persons performing the test after arrival in the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany., with the obligation to strictly observe self-isolation at home until the communication of the negative test result.

Another county in Romania enters the red list of Germany.

The test can be performed directly at the airport, at the family doctor or at the local health authorities and is free for the first 10 days after arrival in Germany from a risk area. More information can be obtained on the dedicated telephone line 116 117.

If the person concerned begins to show specific symptoms of COVID-19 (difficulty breathing, coughing, fever or loss of taste / smell) within 14 days of entering Germany, the above exceptions no longer apply. In this case, it becomes mandatory to self-isolate and contact the local Health Authority immediately.

The mere transit through German territory is not conditional on the above-mentioned obligations. Transit involves leaving the German territory as directly as possible, avoiding any close contact with other people and observing specific protection measures: social distancing, hygiene, mask, etc. Short stops are allowed for the purchase of food or fuel, but not those of the type tourist or business, visits, accommodation, concluding contracts, etc.

In the event of non-compliance with testing obligations, compliance with the self-isolation measure or transit conditions, the German authorities may impose penalties of up to EUR 25.000.

The general rules of conduct, restrictions and relaxation measures decided at the level of each German state can be accessed on federal chancellery page.

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