Germany introduces travel restrictions for COVID variants News | DW

Germany announced entry restrictions for travelers from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, Portugal and South Africa, as fears of more contagious coronavirus variants increase.

In a new regulation released on Friday, the German government said that in addition to the current test and quarantine restrictions, “a temporary restriction will be introduced for the transport of travelers from countries designated as regions with variants.”

What are the limitations?

As of Saturday, a transport ban will take effect for all flights, trains, buses and ships from countries where the new variants have spread.

The countries affected by the ban are Brazil, South Africa, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

As of Sunday, the restrictions also apply to travelers from the small African countries of Lesotho and Eswatini.

The restrictions are currently set for February 17.

There are several exceptions to the travel restrictions, including: persons entitled to live in Germany and those transporting goods, as well as emergency medical transport and travel due to “urgent humanitarian reasons.”

Reduce air travel

Earlier this week, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Picture the newspaper as The plan will include a complete halt to flights to the country.

He said the government was looking at stricter border controls, “but also reduced flights to Germany to almost zero, as Israel is currently doing.”

A slower-than-expected rollout of vaccines has forced EU governments to consider extended lock-in measures.

Germany did relatively well with the first coronavirus wave last spring, it has been hit hard by a second wave in recent months.

rs, jf / rt (Reuters, AFP)

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