Monday, May 17, 2021

Germany Abolishes Testing & Quarantine Requirements for Vaccinated Travellers & Those Who Have Recovered From COVID-19

The German Government has decided to allow vaccinated travellers, as well as those who have fully recovered from the COVID-19, to skip testing and quarantine requirements when entering the country.

“Let us be courageous and vigilant — let us reopen public and economic life and always keep in sight the development of the pandemic,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

However, the rules will not apply to travellers arriving in Germany from a country with a high risk of COVID-19 or from areas where the virus mutations are highly prevalent, such as India.

In addition, the Cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel approved a proposal to change the existing rules that apply to non-vaccinated persons and allow them to end their self-isolation period earlier, provided that they submit a negative test result.

The new measures were established to facilitate the travelling process during the summer, particularly for families with vaccinated parents who have unvaccinated children, reports.

The country’s healthcare personnel currently have tremendous pressure from those wishing to go on summer holidays to be given the vaccine even though they are not entitled yet. Thus, Health Minister Jens Spahn said that the country aims to distribute the digital immunity certificate by the end of June in order to make it more convenient for travellers to prove their vaccination status.

Furthermore, the authorities aim to have a certificate that is compatible with the system of vaccine certification being developed by the European Union.

However, when the Minister was asked whether the vaccine certificates that are not authorised by the European Medical Agency can be used to enter the EU countries, Spahn claimed that this depends on the shot that is used by other countries.

“The vaccines approved outside of Europe need to prove that they can reduce the infection risk to a similar extent. If that’s the case, then I have no problem with equating them (with EMA-approved shots), but I want to have proof,” Spahn added.

Similar to other European countries, Germany has also accelerated the rate of vaccination. Only during the past week, five million doses were administered throughout the country, and the authorities aim to double the vaccination rate as the supply grows.

According to the official figures, a third of the country’s inhabitants have received at least one dose of the vaccine until now, whereas nearly ten per cent have received both doses.

It was previously reported that Germany’s travel and tourism sector had lost €161 billion in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with its GDP falling from €344 billion registered in 2019 to €183 billion only one year after.

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