At present, Germany divides about 160 countries in the world into three epidemic risk categories
On the 29th local time, the German federal government decided to tighten the entry restrictions, mainly for seven countries with severe spread of mutated new coronavirus. According to a spokesman for the German Federal Ministry of health, the list of relevant countries will continue to be updated. The main criterion is that “the spread of the epidemic in this country can be attributed to the mutated new coronavirus.”
On the same day, the federal cabinet passed an entry ban on air, rail, road and sea traffic, which is valid until February 17. Among them, Ireland and Portugal, as well as the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil, have implemented the entry ban since January 30; Lesotho and eswatini, the African countries, have implemented the entry ban since January 31. However, according to German media reports on the 29th, there are exceptions to the entry ban, that is, it does not include returned Germans, overseas people with the right of abode or fixed residence in Germany, commuters, pure cargo transportation, medical emergency flights, etc.
The German government said it hopes to prevent more imported cases of mutated new coronavirus by issuing the above-mentioned entry ban, so as to avoid the overload operation of the medical and health system caused by the rapid rebound in the number of infected people in the country.
It is worth mentioning that the German Federal Ministry of the interior announced on January 28 that it would implement the entry ban, but the interior minister zekhofer stressed that it would not carry out temporary border control as it did last spring. In other words, people driving to Germany from neighbouring countries will not be repatriated. The ban mainly affects air traffic: take Lufthansa as an example. At present, there are 55 flights between the above-mentioned countries and Germany every week, but it is uncertain how many of them will be stopped.
It is reported that over the past few months, Germany has gradually tightened its entry restrictions. In the meantime, about 160 out of nearly 200 countries in the world were classified into three epidemic risk categories. For those who want to enter Germany from the lowest risk countries or regions, they need to carry out the new coronavirus test within 48 hours after entry and fulfill the obligation of 10 days of isolation; if the second new coronavirus test results after 5 days of isolation are still negative, they can be released from isolation. According to the new regulations recently issued by the Federal Ministry of the interior, for those who want to enter Germany from about 40 countries and regions belonging to the other two high-risk countries and regions, they must provide effective virus negative test certificate at the time of entry. (head office reporter Ruan Jia hears Yu Peng)