Germany's Health Agency said on Monday it would lift restrictions on most travelers from India, the United Kingdom and three other countries hit by the delta version of the coronavirus.

The German federal government agency Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said that India, Nepal, Russia, Portugal and the UK, which are currently listed as so-called virus variant countries, will be reclassified as "high-incidence areas" from Wednesday will be done.

Current guidelines in Germany only allow its citizens to enter the country from a different nation and are subject to a two-week quarantine, regardless of their vaccination status.

The status of "high-incidence areas" would allow anyone from such countries to enter Germany, provided they test negative on arrival and quarantine on arrival for 10 days.

If they test negative for covid-19, the quarantine period can be shortened to five days. The new rules will be effective from Wednesday.

Travellers from high incidence areas are also exempted from quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated.

German Health Minister Jens Spahn said last week that the federal government would look into the situation (allowing travelers from delta-variant-hit countries) "over the next few days".

The easing of restrictions is driven by the fact that the vaccines have been found to be effective against the delta variant, which was first discovered in India.

Lastly German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, "We think that in the foreseeable future, those who have received double jabs will… be able to travel again, without having to go into quarantine,"


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