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The German authorities have announced that starting from tomorrow, March 3, all countries will be removed from its high-risk list.
“As of Thursday, March 3, 2022, at 0:00 a.m., with the entry into force of the “Third Amendment Ordinance to the Coronavirus Entry Ordinance”, no states/regions will be considered high-risk areas,” the statement of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reads.
The move means that travellers, regardless of their country of origin, can now enter Germany without being subject to additional entry rules, such as pre-entry testing and quarantine requirements, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
The German body responsible for disease prevention and control, RKI, explained that the country has decided to ease its travel rules as the Omicron variant does not cause serious health implications like the other variants did.
In addition, the same has noted that the high-risk classification will now only apply to areas that register increased infection rates.
“The classification as a high-risk area only applies to areas in which there is a high incidence in relation to the spread of variants with higher virulence than the omicron variant. There is therefore no longer any identification of high-risk areas due to the spread of the omicron variant,” RKI added.
In line with the newly updated rules, starting from tomorrow, all travellers from a European Union/Schengen Area as well as those from a safe third country will be able to enter Germany without having to register their entry or follow additional entry rules.
All they have to do is present a valid vaccination or recovery certificate or a negative COVID-19 test result.
Germany accepts all vaccination certificates that prove that the holder that been fully vaccinated with one of the doses of the approved vaccine in the last 270 days. Those who have received a booster shot are also permitted restriction-free entry.
Recovery certificates are recognised as long as the document proves that the holder has recovered from the virus within the last 180 days. As for negative test results, the authorities have explained that Germany accepts PCR tests taken within 72 hours and rapid antigen tests taken within 48 hours before arrival.
The requirement to present one of the above-mentioned documents applies to all individuals over the age of six.
In contrast to EU/Schengen Area travellers, different rules apply to travellers from third countries. The German Federal Foreign Office emphasises that third-country travellers are permitted entry to Germany only if they have been fully vaccinated against the virus.
“Entry from any other country for any purpose (including visits and tourism) is only possible for fully vaccinated people,” the statement of the Federal Foreign Office reads.
Unvaccinated third-country travellers can enter Germany only for absolutely essential purposes.

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