Travelers entering Germany from abroad will now need to provide a negative COVID test — unless they’re vaccinated or have recovered. 

As of Sunday, unvaccinated travelers coming to Germany from abroad will need to provide a negative test to enter the country.

The new rules come amid concerns about curbing the spread of the delta variant and with officials worried about potential infection spikes from summer vacationers returning from abroad.

What are the new rules?

The testing requirement applies to all unvaccinated individuals aged 12 and older.

Vaccinated people and those who have recovered from the virus are exempt from the testing requirement — but must provide documentation showing that they are fully vaccinated or recovered.

Cross-border commuters and those traveling through the country in transit are also exempt from the testing mandate.

Rapid tests cannot be taken earlier than 48 hours prior to entering Germany. For PCR tests, the limit is 72 hours.

For those coming from areas designated as virus variant countries, rapid tests cannot be older than 24 hours.


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