The Ministry of Interior of Germany has revealed that European Football Championship participants will no longer be subject to the quarantine requirement when entering the country, even if they are travelling from a virus variant area.

The cabinet will decide on several other changes later this week concerning the entry regulations imposed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, reports.

“The European Football Championship is a major sporting event that the whole world is watching and for whose success Germany will do its part. We have had good experiences with the hygiene measures in the Bundesliga, made in the DFB Cup and in the Champions League, incidentally also in other disciplines. We are sending our Olympians to Tokyo. We will also organise the European Football Championship for the teams in such a way that we do justice to infection control,” the Ministry’s statement reads.

Following the Ministry’s announcement, the Minister of Interior Horst Seehofer pointed out that Germany will do what is needed to support the European Football Championship, as it is one of the main sports events watched all over the world.

The exception from the quarantine requirements will apply to participants authorised by the organising committee and will be effective until July 28. Nevertheless, everyone will be subject to daily testing and must respect the hygiene measures.

Similar to other competitions, European Football Championship 2020 was postponed last year. The Championship will take place in 11 cities, including here Munich as well.

At present, Germany is keeping stringent restrictions against countries where the COVID-19 variants have widely spread, known as virus variant areas.

Countries banned from entering Germany due to the virus variants are Brazil, Botswana, Eswatini, India, Lesotho, Nepal, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Uruguay, the UK, and Northern Ireland.

In contrast, Germany permits entry to arrivals from the European Union and Schengen Area countries, including Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.

Following the EU Recommendation, travellers from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand are also allowed to enter Germany.

All persons entering Germany from an EU/Schengen Area country placed on the high incidence or risk areas list must register online and present a negative test result carried within 48 hours before arrival.

However, travellers from these areas who have already been vaccinated against the COVID-19 or have recovered from the virus are allowed to skip testing and quarantine requirements.

As of June 9, Germany has registered 3,702,688 COVID-19 infection cases and 89,38 deaths, whereas, until June 7, around 46 per cent of the entire population has been vaccinated.