Germany is forcing all Britons to enter the country into a two-week quarantine – even if they are fully vaccinated
- Britain added tonight to Germany’s list of Covid-19 ‘high risk countries’
- From 11pm on Sunday, Britons entering Germany are required to self-quarantine for two weeks
- Quarantine will be mandatory for all British tourists, including those who are stabbed
Germany said tonight that it will force all Britons entering the country to self-quarantine for two weeks, even if they have been fully vaccinated, at short notice to stop the spread of Omicron.
The state health authority, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), announced late today that Britain had been added to its list of high-risk countries for Covid as a ‘changing region for the virus’.
From midnight on Sunday – or 11pm UK time – carriers such as airlines are prohibited from taking British tourists to Germany.
Only German citizens and residents, their partners and children and transit passengers are allowed to travel into the country from the UK.
Anyone entering Germany from Britain will need a negative PCR test and be required to quarantine for 14 days, regardless of vaccination status.
France imposed similar restrictions that came into effect at 11 pm on Friday.
The state health authority (pictured, German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach) announced late in the day that Britain had been added to its list of high-risk countries for Covid as a ‘changing region for viruses’.
RKI announced the new rules as it classified the UK as a changing domain for viruses, the highest risk level for Covid, and said restrictions could last until at least January 3.
It comes amid growing concerns about rising rates of Covid-19 driven by the spread of the Omicron variant in the UK.
Germany has reimposed its health restrictions after case numbers rose due to Omicron, preventing unvaccinated individuals from going to restaurants and non-essential trade.
The rush of passengers traveling to France to get around the UK tourist ban in the country has had a knock-on effect on freight traffic, resulting in long lines of trucks.
There was a long tail tail on the M20 in Kent to Dover and at the entrance to the Channel Tunnel on Saturday.
It came on the heels of queues at the Port of Dover the day before after several people submitted their Christmas travel plans to avoid the new rules.
A Eurotunnel spokeswoman said: “Congestion in Dover overnight and on the A20 in Dover this morning has moved freight traffic into the Eurotunnel.”
All of the approach lanes toward the port of Dover were full of cars last night as optimistic travelers made their last ditch attempts to head to France before the midnight ban on tourists was imposed.
Passengers thronged Euston station yesterday on a mass exodus to try to escape the capital before Christmas – with the RAC warning 27 million trips will be made on Route Britain over the weekend.
Passengers line up to board Eurostar trains at St Pancras International Station, London, on Friday, before restrictions were increased for travelers to France from Britain.
“There is currently slow-moving traffic approaching the J11A (Eurotunnel exit) on the M20, but charging is flowing through the tunnel at normal rates, so this will disappear in the coming hours.”
She said that all passengers who wanted to reach France via the Channel Tunnel before the deadline were able to do so.
Under the new rules introduced due to the spread of the Omicron coronavirus, UK citizens now need a ‘compelling reason’ to enter France, with tourist or business trips banned.
Carriers, transport workers and French nationals are excluded from the new rules.