Germany travel restrictions: Brazil and South Africa removed from the list of high-risk countries
Two of the countries whose residents have faced some of the toughest travel restrictions since the start of 2021 – Brazil and South Africa – have ultimately been removed from Germany’s list of high-risk areas.
In an announcement from the Robert Koch Institute, which is the German federal government agency and research institute responsible for disease control and prevention located in Berlin and Wernigerode, the same noted that Brazil and the South Africa were removed from the high risk list, along with Bangladesh, Botswana, Eswatini, India, Western Region of Ireland, Lesotho, Malawi, Nepal , the Algarve region in Portugal, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Cyprus.
The decision means travelers from those countries reaching Germany are no longer subject to strict entry requirements, especially those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 with one of the vaccines accepted as proof of immunity, as well as those who haven’t recovered from the virus in the past 180 days, as the same have been subject to tighter entry restrictions than those who have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19.
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Vaccinated and recovered travelers from these countries no longer need to have a reason for entry, as they can now travel to Germany even for tourist purposes.
The decision went into effect today, September 19, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
At the same time, the RKI has added the following countries and regions to the high-risk list, which means that travelers arriving from these will have to self-isolate upon arrival for a period of ten days, which may be interrupted for those who present proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Republic of Moldova
- The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
South Africa and Brazil have been listed as areas with varying viruses until the summer of this year. While South Africa was removed from this category in the first week of August, Brazil, on the other hand, was removed from the list later on August 22.
The bans have caused great hardship for thousands of students and workers, who were due to start their new lives in Germany this year, for whom SchengenVisaInfo.com has reported continuously.
According to the World Health Organization, since the start of the pandemic, Brazil, a country of 211 million people, has recorded 21,034,610 cases of COVID-19, including 14,780 in the past 24 hours.
While South Africa, with a population of 58.56 million, has reported 4,214 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of coronavirus cases detected since the start of the pandemic to 2,873,415.