The federal government has decided that a test is mandatory for those returning to travel. As early as this Sunday, vacationers have to adjust to the new regulation.
Berlin – now the time has come. The test obligation for travelers returning applies from Sunday. The federal government has officially decided, as the deputy government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer announced. Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz * (SPD) confirmed the corresponding media report on Thursday evening in the ARD daily topics. A draft law had already leaked on Thursday.
Compulsory testing for travelers returning: This now applies to vacationers
Scholz told the newspapers of the Funke Mediengruppe: “Current developments suggest that travelers who are not fully vaccinated or recovered should be tested on their return to Germany – regardless of the area from which they come and which means of transport you use.”
the picture reports, referring to the cabinet submission, that from Sunday “all immigrants who have reached the age of twelve” must have proof of a test, vaccination or recovery. Apparently only cross-border commuters and travelers passing through are excluded. A representative of the federal police explained that spot checks should be carried out at the borders.
Compulsory testing for those returning to travel regardless of plane, train or car
Not only air travelers are affected by the mandatory test, but also people who travel to Germany by car, train or ship. This mandatory test is already in place for air travelers.
As the Handelsblatt reported that only minor changes were made to the draft of the Federal Ministry of Health, which had already been agreed in advance between the departments. Concerns are out of the way. There is now a consensus. When entering from an area with worrying virus variants, a test certificate should always be necessary – even for vaccinated persons.
Health Minister Spahn explains new rules for return travelers
Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) declared: “All unvaccinated people entering Germany must be tested in future – regardless of whether they come by plane, car or train”. He also emphasized: “This way we reduce the risk of additional infections being introduced. Vaccinated and convalescents do not need a test. ”In general, traveling with a vaccination is easier. “Vaccinated people save themselves testing and, in principle, do not have to be in quarantine. The vaccination offer for everyone in summer is available. We have enough vaccine. “
New test regulation: risk areas will be abolished – in future only two categories
The regulation indicates that almost all countries in the world are still affected by the Covid 19 pandemic. “Travel movements and border traffic can introduce infections and create new sources of infection.” In addition, new virus variants were found in various countries, some of which had worrying properties. This included easier transferability and a “reduced protective effect” for those who have recovered and who have been completely vaccinated.
According to Spahn, in the future there will only be two categories for classifying countries and regions in order to simplify the system of entry requirements: high-risk and virus variant areas. The category of “simple” risk areas does not apply. When returning from high-risk areas, unvaccinated persons must enter a ten-day quarantine, which can be ended from the fifth day at the earliest by submitting a test certificate. In the case of virus variant areas, the 14-day, non-shortenable separation obligation applies to all.
Söder has been calling for mandatory testing for vacationers for a long time
The demands for compulsory testing for travelers returning have recently become louder and louder. The prime ministers of several federal states, especially Bavaria’s Markus Söder (CSU), had been fighting for it for a long time. The head of government of Rhineland-Palatinate, Malu Dreyer (SPD *), also joined in, “so that schools and daycare centers are no longer endangered in their presence this year”. “Better to be late than not at all,” said Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens).
Criticism of the new regulation came from the FDP *. An obligation to test unsettled the travelers “and in the end it ensures that the tourism industry gets another blow in the neck,” said the member of the Bundestag Marcel Klinge of the ARD. Regular testing has long been “part of the practice of the corona pandemic *,” replied Vice Chancellor Scholz. Many travelers would have already had themselves tested voluntarily or because this was required in the country of travel.
KBV boss welcomes compulsory testing: hope for a means against vaccination fatigue
The chairman of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV), Andreas Gassen, also welcomed the move. He also sees it as a remedy for vaccine fatigue in some people. “Perhaps some of the people who have not yet been vaccinated could still be brought to the vaccination,” Gassen told the editorial network in Germany (RND / Friday editions). However, he criticized the short-term implementation of the project and called for completely vaccinated people to be exempted from compulsory testing. (AFP, dpa)* Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA
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