Germany Starts Banning Travel from Portugal and Russia

Germany Starts Banning Travel from Portugal and Russia 

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Germany Starts Banning Travel from Portugal and Russia

Germany Starts Banning Travel from Portugal and Russia 

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On Friday 25 June, Germany put Portugal and Russia on the list of "various variant areas." Portugal became the first European Union nation to announce the Delta variant was now dominant while Russia is struggling against the third wave of the pandemic. It means that aside from citizens and residents of Germany, all other visitors from Portugal and Russia will be refused entry.

Travellers who are allowed to enter Germany from both countries are required to quarantine for 14 days. Ending the quarantine period early with a negative test is not possible. The decision was taken after German health authorities issued repeated warnings about the new variant. Robert Wieler, head of the disease control agency RKI, said the Delta variant was expected to become the dominant strain in Germany by the autumn.