Germany has officially removed South Africa from the high-risk areas to travel to during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The restrictions were removed on Sunday, 19 September – which means South Africans can now travel to the country and Germans will be allowed to make their way to South Africa on holiday.
The Robert Koch Institute, the German agency for disease prevention and control, said these countries were added to the high-risk list due to particularly high incidences for the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus.
But, from Sunday, travellers from these countries will be permitted to enter Germany as long as they have captured all the relevant information on a digital entry form. Visitors will also be subject to a vaccination passport, testing and a quarantine period.
The isolation period is 10 days, but the period of quarantine can be ended prematurely if proof of recovery, a vaccination certificate or a negative test certificate is submitted via einreiseanmeldung.de. Those who chose testing against COVID-19 as a way to end quarantine prematurely cannot do so before the fifth day of isolation.
Travellers who provide proof of recovery or vaccination immediately upon arrival, will not have to quarantine.
Here is the list of countries taken off Germany’s high-risk travel list:
- Ireland – the West Region
- Portugal – the Algarve region
- South Africa
Seychelles, Tanzania, Mozambique and Kenya remain on the high-risk list.