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The German authorities have reminded travellers returning to Germany that they will be obliged to go through a two-weeks quarantine upon arrival if they have been in any of the high-risk countries.

With the increasing number of Coronavirus cases in Germany, authorities are taking all measures possible, including quarantine, in order to make sure that no infections are brought from outside the country.

Quarantine regulations must always be observed if travellers have been in a risk area within the last 14 days before entering Germany. The decisive factor is whether the area was designated as a risk area at the time of entry (i.e. not necessarily at the time of stay),” the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs explains in a press release.

The Ministry also explains that all travellers entering the country must submit their address where they intend to spend their quarantine to the health department, by email or phone. Every traveller is obliged to go straight to their destination and stay there for 14 days, without going outside.

Those breaking their quarantine will be punished with a fine or imprisonment, as the requirements for quarantine are regulated by the state ordinance.

Exempt from quarantine, will be only travellers who present a document that shows they have been tested and resulted negative for SARS CoV-2 virus. The test must have been carried out at most 48 hours before entry to Germany, at an EU Member State, or another country that has a similar quality standard with that in Germany.

The test can also be taken at the port of entry in Germany, or at the place of accommodation.

Those transiting Germany to reach their destination country are also exempt from quarantine. They, however, must leave Germany immediately, and not remain there.

The Federal Ministry of Health is planning to make testing for travellers from high-risk areas mandatory, as a way to prevent the increase of infections in the country, through a regulation that may come into force this week.

Germany’s List of High-Risk Countries

Germany has established a list of high-risk areas since it first opened its borders to non-Germans to enter the country. The list is established and reviewed by the Federal Ministry of Health, the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for construction and home, ad consists of the following countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Egypt
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Ethiopia
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cabo Verde
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Ivory Coast
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Djibouti
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Jamaica
  • Yemen
  • Cameroon
  • Kazakhstan
  • Qatar
  • Kenya
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo DR
  • Congo Rep
  • Korea (People’s Republic)
  • Kosovo
  • Cuba
  • Kuwait
  • Lesotho
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Luxembourg
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Morocco
  • Mauritania
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Macedonia
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian territories
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Republic of Moldova
  • Russian Federation
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Zambia
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Zimbabwe
  • Somalia
  • Spain – the following autonomous communities only: Aragon, Catalonia, and Navarre
  • Sri Lanka
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • South Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Timor Leste (East Timor)
  • Togo
  • Trinidad Tobago
  • Chad
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • United States
  • Uzbekistan
  • Venezuela
  • Central African Republic