Germany tightens entry restrictions from UK to prevent spread of Omicron


Germany has tightened entry restrictions from the UK to prevent the spread of Omicron, a new variant of COVID-19.

Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced on the 20th that it would designate the UK and British territory as a mutant virus area.

Accordingly, from 00:00 on the 20th, the carriage of passengers by train, bus, ship or passenger plane from the UK to Germany is prohibited.

However, German nationals, persons with residence or residence permit in Germany, accompanying family members, diplomats, and athletes participating in international competitions are the exceptions.

If you enter Germany from a mutated virus area, you must self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of whether you have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

It is impossible to shorten the self-quarantine period even if a negative test result is presented.

In addition, all entrants over the age of 12 are required to present negative DNA amplification (PCR) test results and apply for entry digitally.

Mutant virus areas are areas in Germany that have harbored a worrisome mutation that has not yet spread.

Omicron is a concern as the COVID-19 vaccine has only limited effectiveness.

In addition to the UK, eight African countries, including South Africa, where Omicron was first discovered, are designated as mutant virus regions.

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