German Chancellor softens hard stance on vaccinated Brits travelling to Europe

Jul 2, 2021

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Your summer trip to Germany could be back on the cards after all.

In a surprise change of heart, German Chancellor Angela Merkel now hopes fully vaccinated British travellers can visit Germany, and the European Union without having to quarantine on arrival.

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No date has been set for any chances to travel rules to Europe, with the German Chancellor only promising changes should happen “in the foreseeable future”.

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“At the beginning, we didn’t have much experience with this variant but we’re dealing with it,” she said. “And that is a continuous learning process… we have to adjust time and again to the most recent developments.”

The announcement comes following a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as Merkel visits the Prime Minister’s country residence Chequers. Just one week ago, Chequers also saw crisis talks between the Prime Minister and the then Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who tendered his resignation shortly afterward after being caught breaching social distancing guidelines with a colleague.

This is a significant shift from her position just days earlier where she was encouraging fellow European Union countries to increase quarantine restrictions on arriving Brits, even if they were fully vaccinated because of growing concerns about the highly transmissible Delta variant. Germany has banned British citizens from entering Germany for non-essential reasons since May.

Related: Germany bans British tourists, adds mandatory quarantine for returning German citizens

Merkel has expressed concerns about the large number of football fans who are being allowed to match Euro 2020 matches in person in the United Kingdom. More than 60,000 fans will pack into Wembley Arena for the remaining matches, while Germany restricted crowds in Munich.

The recent Scotland v England draw saw more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases recorded in Scotland, thought to be from fans mixing together to watch matches and not following social distancing rules.

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