According to a draft by the Ministry of Health, the mandatory test for returnees will apply from August 1st – regardless of how and from where you enter. The Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister had previously spoken out in favor.
In principle, according to the draft, in the future all immigrants from the age of six should have a negative test certificate, proof of recovery or proof of a complete vaccination – regardless of where and how they come to Germany. This emerges from a draft ordinance by the Federal Ministry of Health.
When entering from an area with worrying virus variants, proof of test should always be necessary – proof of vaccination or recovery should not be sufficient.
Malu Dreyer (SPD) had already spoken out in advance for a new regulation of the entry regulations. In addition to air travelers, returnees who travel to Germany by train or car should also submit a negative test, Dreyer told the SWR. In addition, a test is “not a big effort”.
It is necessary “to curb the entry of additional infections and to keep the number of infections low in order to be able to further increase the vaccination rates during this time,” says the draft ordinance of the Federal Ministry of Health.
In general, the evidence should be carried with you on entry and presented in the event of “random” checks by the authorities – regardless of whether you enter by plane, train or car. How exactly and to what extent these controls are carried out, however, is still unclear.
Only two categories left?
The draft provides for special regulations for cross-border commuters and shorter journeys in cross-border traffic, among other things. The compulsory test should only apply to them when entering from risk areas with high numbers of infections. For those who have not been vaccinated and those who have not recovered, a test certificate should only be required twice a week and not with every entry.
According to the draft, changes are also planned in the classification of regions with higher risk. In future there will only be two categories instead of three: high-risk areas and virus variant areas. The previous level of a “simple” risk area is to be dropped.
The seven-day incidence is rising again in Rhineland-Palatinate, but is still at a low level. The current development here in the blog.
More votes for stricter rules
So far, a test requirement only applies to air passengers and those arriving from high-risk areas who have not been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus or who have not recovered from Covid-19 disease. But for a long time there have been increasing voices from politics and medicine to tighten these rules.
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Virologist: “Those who return to travel contribute more and more to bringing infections to Germany.”
The head of the Federal Association of Doctors in the Public Health Service, Ute Teichert, told the SWR that such an approach was necessary to get the pandemic under control.
And the virologist Martin Stürmer went one step further in the ARD / ZDF morning magazine: “We are actually already seeing that people returning from travel contribute to bringing infections to Germany.” That is certainly also due to the fact that vaccinated and convalescent people do not take the tests, even if they come from high-risk areas. Stürmer called the procedure “negligent” because it was already known that people who had been vaccinated could also be infected with the Delta variant.