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COVID-19: Zambia classified as area of variant of concern - ban of travel with effect of 7 February 2021

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05.02.2021 - Article

In a move to prevent the introduction of SARS-CoV2-variants, the German Government on 30th January 2021 has imposed a general ban on travel and entry from countries with widespread occurrence of variants of concern. With effect of 7 February 2021, these include Zambia.

In a move to prevent the introduction of SARS-CoV2-variants, the German Government on 30th January 2021 has imposed a general ban on travel and entry from countries with widespread occurrence of  virus variants which are not widespread within Germany and that can reasonably be believed to pose a particular risk (referred to as “areas of variant of concern”). As of 7 February 2021, 00.00 CET, Zambia is classed as an “area of variant of concern”.

The ban is preliminarily limited until 03 March 2021 and may be extended depending on the development of the pandemic.

 Transport companies, e.g. air carriers and railway companies, may not transport any persons from these countries to Germany and entry for such travellers into Germany is not allowed under Art. 14 (1) / Art. 6 (1) lit e of the Schengen Borders Code.

There are only a few, strictly defined exceptions to this travel ban:

  • German citizens
  • Members of the nuclear family of Germans who travel jointly with them. The nuclear family comprises spouses, legal partners, minor children and parents of minor children
  • Citizens of the EU-countries and Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Iceland who have their permanent residence in Germany
  • Third country nationals with permanent residence and lawful residence in Germany
  • Transit passengers (in international transit only, not within the Schengen Area)
  • Transport personnel
  • Health Workers
  • Persons traveling on urgent humanitarian reasons
  • Persons traveling in official mission for the International Atomic Energy Organization or the United Nations or UN-organizations

Please find more details on travel ban, general entry restrictions, test requirements, digital entry registration, quarantine regulations etc. here.

Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Corona-Virus situation in Germany can be found here.

 

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