The German government has decided to make the quarantine obligation for travellers from risk areas much more flexible.
They no longer need to be self-isolated or tested if they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, have already recovered from a corona infection, or show a negative corona test result.
The relaxations can make it easier for families to go on vacation this summer. According to Bild, parents must be vaccinated to avoid the quarantine obligation, but this is not a requirement for children.
Health Minister Jens Spahn said the relaxed policy does not affect countries on risk lists due to the presence of dangerous virus variants, such as India, Brazil and South Africa. The Netherlands is not on that list but is still seen by the German authorities as a country with a high corona risk.
According to Spahn, this is the first time that the cabinet has decided on national entry rules, writes the Rheinische Post. In the past, federal states had different rules. As a result, travellers did not have to deal with the same quarantine rules everywhere.
Vaccinated people can only escape the quarantine obligation if they have been vaccinated with an approved product in the EU. This concerns the corona vaccines from BioNTech / Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen from Leiden, which is also known as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
It is not the first time that Germany has relaxed the rules for vaccinated people. People who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus have more freedom since last Sunday. For example, they do not have to show a negative corona test result to go to a hairdresser or certain shops.