Germany reopens for vaccinated non EU travelers, excluding the UK
Travellers from non-European Union countries who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to enter Germany from June 25 unless the country is designated a virus variant area, the interior ministry said on Thursday. “Visiting trips and tourism thus become possible again for vaccinated people,” said the ministry, adding that individuals must have received the final required dose of their vaccine 14 days prior to travel. Entry from virus-variant areas continues to be excluded, it added, Reuters reported.
Starting from June 25, 2021, fully vaccinated third-country travellers are eligible to enter the territory of Germany, even for non-essential purposes like tourism and visiting friends and family members, if 14 days have passed since they were vaccinated.
“14 days after receiving the last necessary vaccination dose, third-country nationals may enter the country for any permissible purpose if the general legal requirements for residence are met. In particular, visiting trips and tourist entries will be possible again for vaccinated people,” the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs notes in a press release announcing the move.
The vaccines approved by EMA are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Janssen, Schengen Visa Info reported.
According to the same Ministry, travellers reaching the country by plane will have to prove their vaccinated status and present the carrier with a negative test result before departure.
The proof of vaccination should be an EU COVID vaccination certificate or a comparable certificate issued by the travellers’ country of residence, either in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish.
The certificate must contain the following information:
- Surname, first name and date of birth of the certificate holder
- Date of vaccination and number of jabs
- The manufacturer of the vaccine and the name of the vaccine
- Name and address of the person/institution responsible for carrying out the vaccination
British travellers will not benefit from Germany’s border reopening as the Federal Government has decided to keep in place the entry ban for arrivals from virus variant areas, which the UK currently is.
As of June 18, the following counties and regions are placed in the list of virus variant areas:
- South Africa
- United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland of the Isle of Man as well as all Channel Islands and all British Overseas Territories
Entry from China is also restricted due to the reciprocity measure currently in place between this country and the EU.
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