New rules of quarantine have been announced for arrivals to Germany from high-risk areas and will be implemented starting from Sunday, November 8.

In a notice published by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reminding Germans and potential travellers on current entry restrictions, quarantine and testing rules, the Ministry announced that starting from the upcoming Sunday, a new model regulation will become effective, introducing changes for arrivals from high-risk countries.

According to the model regulation, those coming or returning to Germany after having stayed at a high-risk zone within the last ten days will need to isolate for ten days upon arrival in Germany. This means that both periods, which are currently two weeks long each, have been shortened by four days.

Those affected can exempt themselves from the obligation to isolate themselves at home after five days at the earliest after entering the country if they do not fall under an exemption clause if the test result is negative,” the notice also explains.

It also notes that the model regulation will be sent to all federal states, but it remains up to their governments to decide on the exact rules, and thus, travellers must always check the rules in place of the state they are travelling to.

The current rules, which will be effective until the end of Saturday, obligate travellers who have visited high-risk zones in any of the last 14 days, to self-isolate for a period of two weeks upon arrival in Germany.

Those who decide to take a test at either the place of border crossing or the place of accommodation within 72 hours of arrival in Germany can leave quarantine if they result negative.

Only those transiting from high-risk countries are exempt from quarantine.

The domestic isolation obligation does not apply to transit stays. In this case, however, you are obliged to leave Germany immediately,” the Ministry explains.

Those who take the test at most 48 hours before arrival in Germany and result negative, can leave quarantine, given that they present a medical certificate from a laboratory with comparable quality standards to those of the EU.

The number of Coronavirus cases in Germany from the beginning of the pandemic is currently at 565,036, which makes Germany the 15th world country with most cases marked. Still, as the death rate is lower than some other countries, Germany is listed as the 20th world country with most deaths marked at 10,782.

There are currently 182,754 active cases in Germany, with 12,097 alone marked on November 2.