Germany imposes travel restrictions on UK due to India variant

Germany will impose new restrictions on travelers from the UK from Sunday due to the rapid spread in Britain of the strain of coronavirus first identified in India.

Travelers from the UK will need to spend two weeks in quarantine upon arrival in Germany, even if they test negative for the virus, according to the Foreign Office. In addition, transport companies will only be allowed to bring German citizens back to the country.

Germany now classifies Britain as a “virus variant zone,” the country’s most at-risk category, following a recommendation from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), according to the Foreign Office.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was deeply concerned about the spread of the variant first detected in India.

“This variant appears to be even more aggressive than the British mutation,” Merkel said after the G-20 world health summit on Friday. “It means we will have to be careful.”

Germany recently eased strict lockdown measures after the incident rate fell below 100 in most regions. Britain was also removed from Germany’s list of risk areas after a rapid vaccination campaign and stringent lockdowns that drastically reduced the number of cases.

The decision to re-classify Britain as the highest risk area could affect the presence of Merkel’s delegation at the three-day G-7 summit in Cornwall, which is due to start on June 11. Journalists were advised not to travel to the UK to cover the event as they would be forced to self-quarantine afterwards.

This story was posted from an agency feed with no text editing.

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