On Friday the Robert Koch Institute struck Britain from its list of risk areas for the spread of the coronavirus. That decision eases travel between the two countries, but things still remain complicated.
The RKI’s decision to take Britain and Northern Ireland off its watch list is recognition of a vastly improved epidemic situation in the island kingdom.
Back in December, all travel from the UK was banned after the emergence of a variant of the virus that is believed to be more contagious. That decision led to dramatic scenes at German airports, where travellers from the UK suddenly found themselves stuck in arrivals lounges.
Since then though, a fast rollout of the vaccine programme has helped drive down new infections in the UK, and the 7-day incidence there is now around 30 per 10,000 inhabitants.
The RKI only puts countries with a 7-day incidence above 50 on its list of risk areas.
The UK’s new status means that Brits travelling to Germany will no longer have to quarantine upon arrival.
At the same time, a change to the law that was agreed upon by the government at the end of March, means that anyone who arrives in Germany by plane needs to present a negative PCR or antigen test, irrespective of where they are arriving from.
The tests must have been conducted within the past 48 hours…