The end of the summer holidays is approaching, many vacationers come home to Germany from all over the world.
The government is preparing an expansion of corona tests for returnees - and other changes.
Berlin - According to plans by the Federal Ministry of Health, the planned general test obligation when entering Germany is intended to slow down a new, faster corona spread.
It is necessary “to curb the entry of additional infections and to keep the number of infections low in order to be able to further increase the vaccination rates during this time”, according to a draft regulation from the ministry, which is available to the German press agency.
"The next wave of high numbers of infections to be expected according to current forecasts should be delayed as far back as possible."
According to dpa information, the draft bill as of Wednesday evening was coordinated with other departments in advance, and this is now to be discussed further.
The draft envisages the regulation coming into force this Sunday (August 1st).
The federal government had recently left the start date of the new regulation open and referred to internal coordination that was still necessary.
In principle, according to the draft, in the future all immigrants from the age of six should have a negative test certificate, proof of recovery or proof of a complete vaccination - regardless of where and how they come to Germany.
When entering from an area with worrying virus variants, proof of test should always be necessary - proof of vaccination or recovery should not be sufficient.
In general, the evidence should be carried on entry and presented in the event of "random" checks by the authorities.
If you travel with a "carrier" like an airline, the evidence should be presented on request before take-off - this has already been the case for air passengers.
In cross-border rail traffic, this should also be possible while driving.
The draft provides for special regulations for cross-border commuters and shorter journeys in cross-border traffic, among other things.
The compulsory test should only apply to them when entering from risk areas with high numbers of infections.
For those who have not been vaccinated and those who have not recovered, a test certificate should only be required twice a week and not with every entry.
According to the draft, changes are also planned in the classification of regions with higher risk.
In the future, there will only be two categories instead of three: high-risk areas and virus variant areas.
The previous level of a “simple” risk area is to be dropped.
Regions with a particularly high number of cases are to be considered high-risk areas, an indication of this is a level of significantly more than 100 reported new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days.
For high-risk areas, it is planned that those who have not been vaccinated and those who have not recovered must go into quarantine for ten days on their return, which can be ended from the fifth day at the earliest with a negative PCR test evidence.
For children under twelve years of age, the quarantine should end after the fifth day after entry.
When returning from virus variant areas, a further 14 days of quarantine should be necessary.
It was planned that the draft would be further coordinated and approved between the ministries in a circulation procedure.
This could be done by this Friday.