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

May 24, 2021

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Germany announced on Saturday that it will impose strict new travel restrictions on anyone arriving from the United Kingdom, as reported by Bloomberg. The German foreign ministry explained that the new changes come in the light of the recent increase in the spread of the coronavirus strain first identified in India. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is highly concerned about the seemingly more aggressive variant, saying “we will have to be careful.”

The U.K. was previously removed from Germany’s list of risky areas after the swift vaccination campaign and reduced case numbers, but it has now been re-added as a “virus variant area”, the highest risk qualification. British travellers wishing to travel to Germany for tourism purposes are banned from doing so until further notice.

German citizens and residents wishing to return home to Germany from the United Kingdom will still be permitted to do so, though on arrival in Germany travelers from the U.K. will have to spend two weeks in mandatory quarantine. Quarantine is required even after a negative pre-departure test result.

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The German Chancellor is due to visit the U.K. next month to attend to G-7 summit in Cornwall along with the likes of U.S. President Joe Biden, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. These new restrictions could mean no representatives arriving from Germany attend the event.

Journalists from Germany have already been advised not to attend the event.

This restriction confirms the importance of checking up on entry requirements right before traveling, as dramatic changes like these can happen with only one day’s notice.

Germany is currently on the amber list of countries for British travellers, meaning the U.K. Government advises avoiding all but essential travel to Germany.

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