Germany lifts travel ban on passengers from 5 countries

New Delhi: Germany is lifting a ban on most travelers from five countries hit by the ‘Delta’ variant of COVID-19, including India and the UK from July 7, said German envoy Walter J Lindner.

“From tomorrow, Germany is removing the entry ban and easing travel rules for five countries where Delta variant is widespread, including India,” tweeted German ambassador to India, Walter J Lindner.

German public health agency the Robert Koch Institute said India, Nepal, Russia, Portugal, and the UK, currently listed as so-called virus variant countries would be reclassified as “high-incidence areas”.

The change means simpler requirements for people visiting those countries. People who have had either both vaccination doses or who can demonstrate they have recovered from COVID, will not need to isolate on their return or arrival.

India was classified as a virus variant area at the end of April, followed by Nepal and the UK in May. The EU country Portugal, as well as Russia, were added to the list on June 29.

Germany banned entry for travellers from India due to an upsurge in the number of coronavirus cases.

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