The number of high-risk areas increases by more than 30 countries worldwide in one fell swoop – many of them are in Africa and the Caribbean. But Austria is also upgraded again. The neighboring country was only removed from the list of high-risk areas shortly before Christmas, but the corona numbers in the country, which is popular with winter holidaymakers, have recently shot up again. The seven-day incidence there is currently 903 (as of January 14). Exceptions to this are the communities of Mittelberg and Jungholz as well as the Rißtal in the community area of Vomp and Eben am Achensee.
All neighboring countries of Germany high-risk areas
This means that all nine of Germany’s neighboring countries will then be on the risk list. Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands have long been designated as high-risk areas. Overall, almost 140 of the approximately 200 countries in the world will be on the risk list. No country is removed from the list.
Quarantine for unvaccinated people
After returning from a high-risk area in Germany, travelers must be in quarantine for up to ten days if they are neither vaccinated nor recovered. Free testing is only possible from the fifth day. Children also have to be in isolation – however, children under the age of six do not have to take a free test, the quarantine ends automatically after the fifth day. In addition, all travelers are obliged to register digitally at www.einreiseanmeldung.de before entering Germany.
New RKI list: The changes at a glance
New high-risk areas from 12:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 16:
Strict entry rules in Austria
The popular winter travel destination Austria recently tightened the entry rules, and a holiday there is currently only possible under 2G-plus rules anyway. For entry, fully vaccinated and recovered people must be able to prove a PCR test that is no more than 72 hours old or a booster vaccination. Anyone who cannot do this must fill out an entry form and be quarantined for up to ten days after entry. It can be terminated if there is a negative PCR test. Anyone who is neither vaccinated nor recovered must also fill out the entry form and be quarantined for ten days. Free testing is only possible after day five at the earliest. However, there are exceptions for children under the age of twelve, who do not require 2G proof or a PCR test when accompanied by an adult. Exceptions also apply to older school-age children who have not been fully vaccinated or who have not recovered. You can enter with a proof from the so-called “Ninja Passport”. The classification of Austria is therefore a hurdle, especially for families with school-age children who do not have full vaccination protection. You run the risk that the youngsters will miss the start of the lesson again after a snow fun in the Alps during the winter holidays and will be stuck at home in quarantine instead. In some federal states, the winter holidays begin at the end of January, in others only at the beginning or mid-February.
Entry rules in Germany
The 3G rule generally applies when entering Germany: Travelers must carry proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative corona test with them. Stricter rules apply to entry from high-risk areas and virus variant areas: Online registration: Everyone returning from high-risk areas and virus variant areas must fill out a digital entry declaration in advance. Tested, fully vaccinated and recovered people must upload their test, vaccination or recovery certificate there. Quarantine obligation: Anyone entering Germany from a high-risk area and who is neither vaccinated nor recovered must be in quarantine for up to ten days. Free testing is possible from the fifth day. Children also have to be in isolation – however, children under the age of six do not have to take a free test, the quarantine ends automatically after the fifth day. Anyone entering the country from a virus variant area must be in quarantine for 14 days. There are no exceptions for vaccinated, recovered or children. Compulsory corona test: Anyone entering the country from a virus variant area must present a negative PCR test before boarding a plane, regardless of their vaccination status. And even after arrival, further PCR tests can be ordered by the health department at the airport or at the location of isolation / quarantine, according to the Federal Ministry of Health. This rule also applies to those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered. When entering from a high-risk area, proof of 3G (vaccination, recovery or corona test) is sufficient. A rapid antigen test may be no more than 24 hours old, a PCR test 72 hours. Children under the age of six are exempt from the obligation to provide proof. Video Strategy against Corona: Lauterbach warns of early contagion Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) emphasized in Berlin on Friday that the number of victims we would then have to complain about would certainly be too high. © Reuters
Travel subject to quarantine: the list of high-risk areas
Almost 140 countries are on the RKI’s list of high-risk areas as of Sunday, January 16:
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