At midnight, a change to the regulations on entry to Germany came into force. All people who want to go to Germany by plane must first pass a coronavirus test and only a negative result will allow for further travel.
In addition, over the next 8–14 days, Germany will strengthen controls at its land borders, in particular with France, Denmark and Poland.
The new regulations apply regardless of the epidemic situation in the country from which someone comes to Germany. The test must be done no later than 48 hours prior to entry. The new provision is to apply until May 12.
The result of the PCR test in CITO mode is available within a maximum of 30 minutes from the moment of taking the smear. In the case of the RT-PCR test, it is necessary to report to the Center in advance, because the receipt of the RT-PCR test result is possible after 24 hours. The waiting time for the antigen test results is approximately 20 minutes.
The cost of the tests is borne by travelers. A quick antigen test costs about PLN 200. The price of the RT-PCR test is approximately PLN 500, and the CITO PCR test is approximately PLN 600.
If the test to be performed before departure is positive, travelers cannot travel to Germany and must be quarantined according to the laws of the country where they are staying. However, even a negative result does not automatically rule out a quarantine in Germany: there are still relevant federal state regulations for people returning from coronavirus-prone areas.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer also announced that the federal police may carry out checks at borders where no stationary checks have yet been ordered, especially before and after Easter. For example, people entering the country from Denmark, France or Poland can expect an inspection in the next 8-14 days. The federal police are to support the federal police in this task.
However, there will be no ban on travel abroad in Germany. However, the government has asked citizens to refrain from traveling the country and abroad due to the rising number of coronavirus infections. Nevertheless, last weekend German tourists flocked to Majorca, when Christmas holidays began in most federal states. The Spanish island was removed from the coronavirus-prone areas on March 14, eliminating the quarantine requirement on return travel.
Health authorities in Germany, with the exception of Baden-Württemberg, reported 9549 new Covid 19 infections to the Robert Koch Institute over the past 24 hours. In addition, 180 new deaths were reported within 24 hours. Exactly one week ago, the RKI recorded 7,485 new infections and 250 new deaths in one day. The total number of people who have died in Germany with confirmed Sars-CoV-2 infection has risen to 76,093.