Germany restricting entry from the UK due to Omicron

Dec 19, 2021

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Germany announced on Sunday that it is restricting entry from the U.K., allowing only a limited category of individuals to cross its borders. As of Monday, 20 December, that category includes anyone with German citizenship or residency rights, as well as a small number of exempt persons.

Tourist visits to Germany from the U.K. are not allowed under the new restrictions.

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The move comes after Germany declared the U.K. an “area of variants of concern” on Sunday, due to the widespread presence of cases of the Omicron variant. Currently, eight African countries are on the list of “virus variant areas.”

Related: 5 things you need to know about UK’s new Omicron travel measures

A flight attendant with a face mask welcomes passengers of a Boeing 747 of Lufthansa after landing at Frankfurt Airport. (Photo by Boris Roessler/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Anyone on the permitted list of travellers to Germany must show proof of a negative PCR test and quarantine for 14 days after arrival. These requirements apply regardless of vaccination status.

A statement by the German government on 19 December cautioned the following: “Before departure, please be prepared for your carrier (e.g. airline) to require from you an up-to-date PCR test if you spent time in an area of variants of concern at any time in the ten days prior to entry. After your arrival, further PCR testing may be ordered by the health authorities at the airport or at the place of isolation/quarantine.

The statement added that “The duration of the 14-day quarantine may not be shortened.”

As of Sunday evening, the U.K. Government website set forth its “understanding of current rules” for people travelling on a full “British Citizen” passport from the U.K. It advised UK nationals who are residents of Germany to be prepared to demonstrate proof of residence upon entry to Germany.

As of Sunday, the website of Germany’s Federal Interior Ministry also noted that everyone entering Germany must carry out a digital registration on entry if, at any time in the ten days prior to entry, they spent time in an area defined as a “high-risk” or an “area of variants of concern.”

After filling out the registration form, travellers will receive a confirming PDF. Carriers will check for the PDF before allowing anyone to travel. The site adds that everyone must be registered, even children under the age of 12.

This is a developing story that will be updated as more information becomes available.

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