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Germany to require tests for all unvaccinated travellers

Unless they are fully vaccinated, have recovered from disease

30 July, 19:13
(ANSA-AFP) - BERLIN, JUL 30 - Anyone entering Germany from abroad will have to take a Covid-19 test unless they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from the disease, according to new rules signed off by Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet Friday.

"From August 1, all people entering Germany will be obliged to have proof of a negative test, vaccination or recovery," Merkel's spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said in a statement. "This rule is there to keep the number of new infections brought into Germany as low as possible," said Demmer, adding that it would apply to all travellers over the age of 12. According to a draft seen by AFP, there will be exceptions for cross-border commuters and those passing through in transit. Both PCR tests taken within 72 hours of entry and rapid antigen tests taken within a maximum of 48 hours will be accepted, the draft said. The rule will apply "regardless of where travellers have come from and the means of transport they use," Finance Minister Olaf Scholz told the Funke media group. (ANSA-AFP).

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