From regions of virus variants: Enter only with negative PCR test

Australian virus changing regions
Entry only with a negative PCR test

Given the Omikron variant, the federal government is again tightening the rules for regions of virus variants: people who want to enter Germany from Great Britain or South Africa in the future will have to show a negative PCR test. This already applies to children from the age of six.

Due to the spread of the highly contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus, the federal government has tightened entry rules from regions of virus variants. Anyone entering Germany from this region will need to have a negative PCR test in the future. The government announced after a decision of the Council of Ministers. With the change to the coronavirus entry regulation, obligations to provide evidence and testing will soon apply to everyone six and older.

Health ministers in federal states have previously spoken in favor of the changes in order to prevent and slow the spread of Omikron for as long as possible so more people can be vaccinated. The areas of diversity of the virus currently are different countries in South Africa, including South Africa and Namibia, as well as Great Britain since Monday.

According to the law, stricter precautions should help ensure infection is detected early before entry. The PCR test obligation also applies to passengers who stop in Germany only during transit.

The PCR test must be no more than 48 hours old upon entry if you are traveling independently. If you come by plane, ferry, bus or train company, the test must not exceed 48 hours from the start of the journey. Since there is now a possibility of vaccination against Covid-19 for children from the age of five, the minimum age of obligation to provide evidence will be reduced from the current twelve to six years.

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