The German government tightened its entry and quarantine requirements for all travelers.

Key Points:

  • As of Dec. 23, travelers over the age of six must meet one of the following requirements to enter or transit through Germany:
    • Proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival.
    • Proof of previous recovery from COVID-19.
    • Proof of vaccination.
  • Individuals who have been in or traveled through a high-risk area must quarantine for 10 days, and those who have traveled through a virus variant area must quarantine for 14 days.
    • Travelers from high-risk areas can reduce their quarantine to five days if they provide a negative test taken after the fifth day of entry.
    • Travelers from an area of variant concern cannot shorten their quarantine.
  • Authorities designated the U.S. as a high-risk area on Dec. 25 and subsequently designated the U.K. and eight African countries as high-risk areas on Jan. 4. Individuals with travel history from high-risk areas within 10 days of intended arrival must be fully vaccinated or prove that they have an urgent reason for entering the country.

Additional information: Detailed information regarding testing and vaccination requirements is available here.

BAL Analysis: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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