Germany issues COVID travel warning for France, Austria, Czech Republic and Denmark

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Germany issues COVID travel warning for France, Austria, Czech Republic and Denmark


FILE PHOTO: People line up at a COVID-19 testing center, after checks were tightened due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Czech-German border in Folmava, Republic Czech, January 25, 2021. REUTERS / David Cerny / File photo

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany on Friday warned its citizens not to make unnecessary trips to neighboring France, Austria, Denmark and the Czech Republic due to rising rates of COVID-19 infection .

The move also means that people entering Germany from those countries will have to provide a negative test dated within 48 hours at the border, the Robert Koch Institute for Disease Control said.

They will then have to quarantine themselves for ten days which can be shortened after a second negative test after five days, he added.

French European Affairs Minister Clément Beaune said border workers living in eastern France and traveling to Germany each day would be required to take two COVID-19 tests per week.

Tens of thousands of French residents cross the border every day for work.

Germany is also planning to make it mandatory for anyone flying in its territory to test negative before boarding the plane, even if they are not from countries designated as high risk.

Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Christoph Steitz and Andrew Heavens

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