Malta and Algarve are removed from the Corona risk list | Free press

Berlin (dpa) – The federal government will remove other popular holiday areas abroad from the corona risk list on Sunday due to the sharp drop in the number of infections.

Anyone entering Germany from Malta or the Portuguese Algarve no longer needs to be in quarantine. The Robert Koch Institute announced this on its website on Friday. For the Algarve, however, the effects are initially limited, because German tourists are prohibited from entering Germany due to the high number of infections in this country.

Poland will be downgraded from high incidence to risk area on Sunday. This eliminates the mandatory corona test before entering by land from the neighboring country bordering Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg and Saxony. It is then sufficient if you can have yourself tested up to 48 hours after entering the country.

Classification as a corona risk area occurs if the number of new infections in one week is higher than 50 per 100,000 inhabitants (seven-day incidence). This currently applies to most of Europe. Travelers from risk areas must remain in quarantine for ten days after arriving in Germany, which can be shortened by a negative test after five days. With a new regulation coming into effect in the coming days, fully vaccinated and convalescent people are exempt from quarantine.

In Europe, only a few classic holiday areas have so far been removed from the risk list, especially Mallorca, but also the other Balearic Islands and the coastal regions of Murcia and Valencia on the Spanish mainland. Two more will be added on Sunday with Malta and the Algarve. In addition, Albania, a total of three regions in Finland and Norway and the British Falkland Islands off the Argentinian coast will no longer be risk areas.

German tourists are allowed to enter Malta if they present a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours upon arrival. Hotels are allowed to open and accommodate tourists. Nevertheless, there are restrictions in the facilities: swimming areas and playgrounds are closed. However, many properties have delayed their opening for the time being due to a lack of guests.

In Portugal, entry rules are stricter: unnecessary, tourist travel from countries with a 14-day incidence of more than 150 is still not allowed by the Lisbon government. One of these countries is Germany, which, according to the latest information from the EU health authority ECDC, has a value of more than 327.

Further changes to the federal government assessments from Sunday:

– Costa Rica, Georgia, the Maldives and Nepal will be upgraded within seven days to areas with a high incidence with more than 200 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. However, this has no consequences for travelers, as air travelers will have to test upon entry anyway. Nothing changes in the quarantine.

– In addition to Poland, Hungary, Armenia and Montenegro are being relegated from areas of high incidence and risk. For all four countries, there are only practical changes when entering by land. In this case, the obligation to test does not apply when entering the country.

– New risk areas are Malaysia, Anguilla in the Caribbean and a region in Norway. The quarantine obligation applies here from Sunday upon arrival in Germany.

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