Germany plans to ban visitors from the UK, Portugal, Brazil and South Africa from entering the country to prevent the introduction of the mutant virus, but the measures are still under discussion, the German government said on the 29th local time. The authorities said that if the EU fails to reach an agreement on similar measures, Germany will push for entry restrictions on its own.
The interior ministers of EU countries met on Thursday to discuss the entry restrictions for international tourists. Belgium has banned passengers on “unnecessary trips” from entering and leaving the country by sea, land and air. The Netherlands has also banned flights from Britain, South Africa and South America. Portugal said it would close its border with Spain for two weeks from Friday.
At present, the European Union allows passengers from certain countries to enter the country without testing negative certificates, including Australia, China, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.