Travellers from several more third countries will be permitted to enter Germany from Sunday, June 20, regardless of their vaccination status, after the German Federal Government decided to include these countries in the list of epidemiologically safe third countries, upon a recommendation of the EU Council.
The decision has been announced in a press release of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs, which notes that the entry ban for residents of these countries has been lifted due to the low number of Coronavirus cases in their territory.
“In view of the lower number of infections in several third countries, the federal government will in future allow entry for all permissible purposes of residence, including tourism, from the USA, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Albania, Serbia, North Macedonia and Lebanon,” the Ministry notes in the press release.
The decision has been taken in the light of a recommendation made by the EU Council of Ministers today to remove the entry restrictions for all arrivals from these countries, in spite of their vaccination status.
As a result, starting from Sunday, June 20, 12:00 am, the list of third countries from which one can travel to Germany without restrictions has been expanded to include all the following:
- New Zealand
- Republic of North Macedonia
- South Korea
- United States of America
- China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity
“Anyone who is resident in one of these countries is allowed to enter the country [Germany] without an important reason to travel and regardless of their vaccination status,” the Ministry explains.
Yesterday, the German government announced its decision to permit entry for travellers from third countries who have been vaccinated with one of the Coronavirus vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Janssen.
Starting from June 25, 2021, fully vaccinated third-country travellers can enter Germany even for non-essential purposes like tourism and visiting friends and family members if 14 days have passed since they were vaccinated.
British travellers will not benefit from Germany’s border reopening as the Federal Government has decided to keep in place the entry ban for arrivals from virus variant areas, which the UK currently is.
Entry from China is also restricted due to the reciprocity measure currently in place between this country and the EU.