Ulrike Demmer, deputy government spokesman in Berlin, announced on Friday that all people entering Germany from next Sunday, must have proof of vaccination, acquire immunity or test negative for coronavirus.

Demmer said the German government has adopted a regulation provided by the Federal Ministry of Health to limit the spread of infection.

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Controls are not only in airports

From Sunday, all people over the age of 12 arriving in Germany by any means of transport must provide evidence of vaccination, recovery or a negative coronavirus test result. This requirement already exists for all airline passengers.

Previously, airline passengers were only required to test negative if they had not been vaccinated and recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Persons entering by land, rail or sea are not obligated to do so.

When entering an area at risk of contracting coronavirus, vaccinated and recovered individuals must also provide proof of testing.

Countries at risk – two categories

In addition, there will be only two, rather than three, categories to classify the regions of the world with a high risk of infection: high-risk areas and those with new and worrying variants of the coronavirus. The Ministries of Health and the Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall jointly decide on classifying the area as a high-risk area.

People entering Germany from a high-risk area or an area with novel coronavirus variants must provide their personal data and place of residence on a government website for the duration of the quarantine necessary to enter.

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