Germany Adds 35 More Countries To Its “High-Risk” Travel List

Germany Adds 35 More Countries To Its "High-Risk" Travel List

Effective Jan. 16, foreign tourists from 35 more countries will undergo additional entry restrictions, according to the German agency for disease prevention and control, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

Visitors aged six and up from these high-risk countries and territories must provide a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of vaccination or recovery to be permitted entry into Germany.

The affected areas this time around are Antigua and Barbuda, Costa Rica, The Dominican Republic, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean.

The French overseas territory of St. Pierre and Miquelon, the Netherlands – the overseas part of the Kingdom of St. Martin’s Netherlands, Austria – with the exception of the communities of Mittelberg and Jungholz and the Riss Valley in the community of Vomp and Eben am Achensee, Bulgaria and Latvia in the European Union.

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Macedonia and Serbia in the Balkans.

Equatorial Guinea, Benin, Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Eritrea, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Madagascar, Niger, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Somalia, Chad and The Central African Republic In Africa.

Guyana, Colombia, Peru and Suriname in South America and the Philippines in Southeast Asia.

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Passengers from these places are compelled to register at and have their confirmation with them when entering Germany.

“The confirmation will be checked by the carrier and may also be checked by the Federal Police within the framework of its responsibilities as a border control agency,” the agency explains.

On Saturday, the RKI reported 497.1 new cases per 100,000 people in the previous seven days, setting a new record.

The incidence rate on Saturday exceeded the previous high of 485.1, which was recorded by the RKI on November 29, 2021.

“As many people are still not vaccinated, there is still a high chance that some of them will, unfortunately, end up in the hospital. For the health care system, this is still a very alarming situation,” an epidemiologist at the Charite hospital in Berlin, told reporters.