The German government has added 19 countries to its COVID-19 “high-risk areas” list.

Key Points:

  • As of Jan. 23, authorities added Brazil, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia and 15 other countries to the “high-risk areas” list. The U.S. and the U.K remain designated as high-risk as well.
  • Individuals who have traveled through a high-risk area within 10 days of intended arrival must:
    • Digitally register through this website and carry the registration confirmation when entering Germany.
    • Have proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken with 48 hours of arrival unless fully vaccinated or has previously recovered.
    • Quarantine for ten days upon arrival unless fully vaccinated or previously recovered.
  • Travelers can reduce their quarantine after the fifth day after arrival if a negative test result is provided.
    • More information regarding quarantine requirements is available here.

Additional information: Children under the age of six are exempt from testing requirements. A full list of the high-risk and virus-variant areas can be found here. More information on Germany’s entry requirements and health protocols can be found 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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