Germany is easing entry requirements from several third countries, including South Africa

The Federal Government’s Robert Koch Institute, which is responsible for disease control and prevention, has removed several third countries from the list of virus variant areas, which has prompted the German authorities to ease entry restrictions for those arriving from these countries.

At the same time, the institute announced that from August there will only be two types of risk areas: high risk areas (previously high incidence areas) and virus variant areas, while the simple risk area category does not exist.

Since Sunday, August 1, 2021, at 12:00 noon, Germany has removed nine third countries from the category of virus variant areas and placed them in the category of high-risk areas, including South Africa, which has been in effect since the beginning of 2021. These countries are

  1. Botswana
  2. In Swaziland
  3. Lesotho
  4. Malawi
  5. Mozambique
  6. Namibia
  7. Zambia
  8. Zimbabwe
  9. South Africa

The change in the categories for these countries means that visa holders from these areas will finally be able to travel to Germany, including holders of work and student visas.

SchengenVisaInfo.com reported last weekend that the Federal Foreign Office is mandating negative COVID-19 test results for travelers who have not yet been vaccinated and who have not yet contracted COVID-19, including entries from safe-list areas.

The obligation also applies to travelers from the above-mentioned countries, who now have to present proof of a COVID-19 vaccination, a recent recovery or a negative test result.

“When entering the Federal Republic of Germany after a stay in a foreign risk area (formerly high-risk area) or virus variant area, special reporting, verification and quarantine obligations must be observed,” explains the RKI.

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According to the latest update by the RKI, no new virus variant areas have been discovered since the last update. Currently only Brazil and Uruguay remain in this category.

At the same time, Andorra was moved from the category of simple risk areas to the high risk list. The Dominican Republic, on the other hand, is no longer a risk area.

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Germany is one of the EU countries with the highest vaccination rates: 72.9 percent of the population have received at least the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19, while 59.1 percent of them are fully vaccinated, according to data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control revealed.

Still, according to the World Health Organization, Germany has reported 2,454 new COVID-19 cases and 30 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 3,766.65 since the pandemic began. The country now has 91,637 deaths from the virus.

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