Germany to lift travel restrictions for most countries from July 1

Berlin, Jun 11 (EFE).- Germany will lift coronavirus travel restrictions for most countries from July 1, foreign minister Heiko Mass said Friday.

“After more than a year we can lift the general warning against travel to risk areas with a seven-day cumulative incidence below 200,” Hass said.

Restrictions however will stay in place for countries with higher levels of Covid-19 infections and where virulent variants of the virus are circulating, like Britain and India.

“With the summer, hope and confidence are returning to Germany. In many places, the number of infections is falling and more and more citizens are vaccinated,” Hass said.

Despite easing travel, the minister stressed that lifting restrictions should not translate into “carelessness” and invited people to travel with “reason and a sense of proportion”.

The list of countries no longer considered risk areas include Austria, Canada, the United States, Greece, and Croatia among others.

Travelers from these areas will also be able to travel to Germany with no restrictions.

Georgia, Mexico, the region of Lisbon and the Spanish autonomous city Ceuta are now considered “basic” or low risk areas. But Malaysia, Mongolia, Namibia and Sri Lanka have been moved up to high risk areas.

Germany implemented tough travel restrictions during the first wave in March 2020.

The incidence rate in Germany dropped to 19 per 100,000 people on Friday and almost 1 in 4 people is fully vaccinated. EFE

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