This decision was approved by the German cabinet on Friday.
What did the German authorities say about the rule?
“All unvaccinated people entering Germany will need to be tested in the future, whether they come by plane, car or train,” said Health Minister Jens Spahn. “By doing this, we will reduce the risk of getting additional infections. “
The rule applies to all unvaccinated people aged 12 and over. Cross-border commuters and those traveling through the country in transit are exempt from the test warrant.
People who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered from the virus will also be exempt.
Marcel Klinge, who belongs to the business-friendly Liberal Democratic Party in the German Bundestag, criticized the new test rule, saying it would harm the tourism sector.
Previously, unvaccinated travelers arriving in Germany were only required to show a negative COVID test if they arrived by plane. People entering by road, rail or sea were not required to do so.
However, the rules are stricter for travelers entering Germany from “high-risk” countries like Brazil, as these people must be tested even if they have received the vaccine.
Authorities are concerned about the delta variant
German authorities are increasingly concerned about the spread of the delta variant, which is believed to be more contagious than the original strain of the coronavirus.
Cases have been increasing slowly since early July, with Germany confirming 2,454 new cases on Friday.
Just over half of Germany’s population is fully vaccinated, with Spahn and other officials encouraging residents to get vaccinated as a way to fight the pandemic.
The delta variant has caused an upsurge in cases in neighboring France, with French Prime Minister Jean Castex saying the country is experiencing a fourth wave of the virus.
Italy’s National Institute of Health (ISS) said on Friday that the delta accounted for the vast majority of coronavirus cases as of July 20.
wd / nm (AFP, Reuters, AP, dpa)