The German government has banned all travel from the U.K. effective May 23 due to an increase of COVID-19 variant cases recorded in the country.

Key Points:

  • Under a change put in effect on May 23, Germany suspended all travel from the U.K. indefinitely.
  • German citizens, individuals with a home and residency rights in Germany, their spouses, registered civil partners from the same household and minor children will be permitted entry into the country.
  • Individuals transiting through Germany from the U.K. who remain in the airport will also be exempt from the ban.

Additional Information: Germany had previously accepted travelers from the U.K. since the end of March following an announcement removing it from the list of areas of “variant concern.” Others on the list include Brazil, India and South Africa. The full list is available here.

Analysis & Comments: The new policy will greatly hinder travel from the U.K. to Germany. Those with urgent travel needs should work closely with their immigration provider to discuss the best available options. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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