Germany is lifting a Covid-related travel ban on people from the United Kingdom and 4 other variant-hit countries.
The restrictions, which also applied to people from Portugal, Russia, India, and Nepal, are going to be relaxed from Wednesday.
Visitors who are fully vaccinated also will not be required to quarantine.
Non-vaccinated people will however still be required to quarantine for up to 10 days, with the choice to finish their quarantine early with a negative test on the fifth day.
The five countries have until now been classified as “virus variant areas” because of the spread of the Delta and Delta Plus variants, which were first identified in India.
Although German citizens and residents were exempt from the ban, they were required to quarantine for 14 days once they arrived within the country.
The countries will now be reclassified as “high incidence areas”, the Koch Institute (RKI) said on Monday.
Germany’s relaxation of restrictions came a few hours after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the country is expecting to lift all Covid-related rules from 19 July.
The UK government is additionally expected to announce plans for fully-vaccinated British to visit “amber” countries – that’s, countries designated as a medium risk for Covid, including many in Europe – without having to quarantine on their return.