Germany lifted its general travel warning replacing it with country-by-country or regional travel warnings.

Key Points:

  • A blanket travel warning, which covered roughly 160 countries, ended Sept. 30.
  • New travel warnings based on an individual country or regional COVID-19 infection rates took effect Oct. 1. A classification as a high-risk area will automatically trigger a travel warning.
  • Under the new system:
    • A travel warning against non-essential tourist travel will remain in place for countries designated high-risk areas (most countries aside from European Union member states, Schengen Area nations and the United Kingdom).
    • Countries designated low-risk (Australia, Canada, Georgia, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay) will also have a warning against non-essential tourist travel. The overall situation for the country in question will be taken into account.
    • A mandatory quarantine for individuals coming from an EU or EU-associated country was waived June 15, however, a quarantine requirement is still in place for travelers from high-risk countries/regions. All individuals entering Germany from a country outside the EU must quarantine for 14 days upon entry.

Background: Germany has had travel restrictions in place since March in response to the pandemic.

Analysis & Comments:
Travelers are reminded that some countries may have their own policies restricting entry to travelers from Germany and are advised to review their destination country’s entry and travel policies before traveling. For up to date information, please visit Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here.

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