Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Germany Allows Quarantine-Free Entry for European Football Championship Participants

The German Federal Ministry of Interior, Building, and Home Affairs has announced that persons who are to participate in the European Football Championship are now exempted from the quarantine requirement, even if they are entering from a virus variant area.

Later this week, the cabinet is expected to decide on other adjustments regarding the entry regulations imposed due to the COVID-19, reports.

“The European Football Championship is a major sporting event that the whole world is watching and for whose success Germany will do its part. We have had good experiences with the hygiene measures in the Bundesliga, made in the DFB Cup and in the Champions League, incidentally also in other disciplines. We are sending our Olympians to Tokyo,” the statement of the Ministry reads.

In addition, the Federal Minister of Interior, Horst Seehofer, said that Germany will support the event as the European Football Championship is one of the major sports tournaments watched all over the world.

The exemption will apply to all participants who have been authorised by the organising committee and will remain effective until July 28, 2021. Still, everyone is required to respect hygiene measures and will be subject to daily testing.

Currently, Germany allows entry only to travellers from the European Union Member States and Schengen Area countries, including Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.

In addition, in line with the EU Recommendation, arrivals from Australia, Japan, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand are also permitted entry to Germany.

Arrivals from EU/Schengen Area countries that are placed on the high incidence areas or risk areas list are required to register online and submit a negative test result carried within 48 hours.

However, the authorities have revealed that travellers who have been vaccinated against the COVID-19 or have recovered from the virus can skip testing and quarantine requirements.

On the other hand, Germany has imposed strict restrictions against countries where COVID-19 mutations have widely spread, also known as virus variant areas. This list includes Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini, India, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Uruguay, and Northern Ireland.

Except for the countries mentioned above, travellers from the UK were also banned from entering Germany due to COVID-19 mutations prevailing in the country.

Previously, Germany moved Lithuania, Sweden, Turkey, and several other regions to the simple risk area list, meaning that arrivals from these countries are no longer subject to strict entry requirements.

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