Germany demands majority of UK arrivals enter quarantine

Simon Calder
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Distant dream: the palace at the heart of Karlsruhe in southwest Germany (Simon Calder)
Distant dream: the palace at the heart of Karlsruhe in southwest Germany (Simon Calder)

International travel options for UK citizens are rapidly closing down.

After the Department for Transport (DfT) imposed quarantine for arrivals from Turkey and Poland, the Foreign Office says travellers to Germany from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and and many parts of northern England are required to self-isolate when they get there.

The same applies to travellers from elsewhere in England who have visited any of those parts of the UK within the past two weeks.

Northern Ireland and Wales had already been on the German “high-risk” register.

“If you have been in the designated high risk areas in the two weeks prior to [your] arrival in Germany, you are required to proceed directly to your accommodation and quarantine for 14 days or until you can show evidence of a negative test result,” reads the FCDO advice.

"Those who can provide evidence of a negative test taken in a European Union member state or a state with comparable quality standards less than 48 hours prior to arrival may be exempted from the requirement to quarantine.

“Individual federal states are responsible for the implementation of quarantine regulations and local rules may vary.”

Germany is one of a rapidly dwindling number of countries that the Foreign Office does not regard as presenting an “unacceptably high risk” to British citizens. Its rate of new infections per 100,000 people in the past week is 17, about a quarter of the UK rate of 65.

On Thursday the UK government put Poland and Turkey on the “no-go” list. Poland has a rate of 28, while Turkey’s official statistics on the spread of the virus are now regarded as unsound.