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COVID-19: German coronavirus restrictions on UK travelers relaxed after Merkel-Johnson meeting | World news

Restrictions on people traveling from the UK to Germany were relaxed, days after Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel met at Checkers.

The UK is no longer a top-level “viral variant zone”, but the second highest designation – a “high incidence zone”.

This opens up the possibility of traveling without quarantine for people who are fully vaccinated or have antibodies, and also reduces confinement for those who test negative.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson with German Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of their bilateral meeting at Checkers, the UK Prime Minister's country house, in Buckinghamshire.  Photo date: Friday, July 2, 2021.
Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel met last week

Ms Merkel said she wanted to change the designation during his visit to the UK last week.

The UK has made the jump alongside Portugal, Russia, India and Nepal.

The UK has been at this level since May 23. Airlines were limited to transporting mostly German citizens and residents to their homes, where they then had to spend 14 days in quarantine.

Now unvaccinated people arriving from the UK can avoid a 10-day quarantine by going negative after five days, and transport is no longer restricted.

Case rates in Germany are low, although an increasing proportion of infections is the delta variant – which now accounts for more than half of new positive results.

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This notice was published: 2021-07-05 20:26:00

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