© Angelika Warmuth
Berlin, Innsbruck – The German Robert Koch Institute removed Tyrol from the list of “virus variant areas” on Friday. Since the legal basis for the de facto entry ban is no longer applicable, the border controls end on Sunday at midnight. What that means and which rules apply now, you can read here:
❓ When are the borders open?
From Sunday at midnight.
❓ Which regulations apply from Sunday?
Since Tyrol is now a “risk area” for Germany, the rules for “risk areas” will apply again from Sunday. The following regulations come into force:
▶️ Quarantine: Anyone who has stayed in a risk area in the past ten days (Tyrol is such a risk area) must go into quarantine at home after entering the country. You can “free yourself” after five days at the earliest. The competent authority can check the evidence of the second negative test until the end of the general quarantine period, i.e. until the end of the tenth day after entry.
▶️ Test obligation: Regardless of the quarantine requirement, a corona test result must be obtained no later than 48 hours after entry (PCR or antigen test – living room tests are not recognized) show. “The smear for the test must not have been taken before 48 hours at the earliest,” says the website of the German Ministry of Health.
▶️ Registration: Before entering the country, everyone must register online (regardless of the quarantine and test requirements).
⚠️ Important: There may be different regulations in the German federal states. Before entering the country, you should inform yourself separately about the regulations of the destination federal state.
❓ Who will check whether you have taken a test?
The health department can ask you to present the negative test result within ten days of entering the country. The negative test result can also be required for controls by the federal police (e.g. entry control at the airport or controls close to the border when entering by land at the border-control-free internal borders).
❓ Are there any exceptions to the compulsory test?
Yes! The following are exempt from the test requirement:
- Children who have not reached the age of six
- People who only traveled through the risk area (e.g. Tyrol) but did not have a stopover there
- People who only travel through Germany (e.g. via the Deutsche Eck)
- People who have been in a risk area for less than 24 hours as part of border traffic
- People who only stay in Germany for a maximum of 24 hours
- People who come to the country for professional reasons in order to transport people, goods or goods across borders by road, rail, ship or plane and in doing so comply with appropriate protection and hygiene concepts
- People who are urgently needed to maintain the health care system (a certificate from the employer must be presented) are allowed to enter the country without a test for a maximum of 72 hours
- Police officers from Schengen countries in the exercise of their duties
- Members of foreign armed forces (insofar as they are covered by Section 54a of the Infection Protection Act) and members of foreign armed forces within the meaning of the NATO troop statute,
You can find all exceptions >> here.
❓ What about visits from relatives / partners?
First-degree relatives, spouses, life partners / cohabitants, children (for example in the case of shared custody or access rights) may be visited for a maximum of 72 hours without a test.
❓ What applies to commuters?
Commuters are also covered by the exception and are not subject to mandatory testing, provided they adhere to appropriate protection and hygiene concepts.
Who is considered a commuter?
Cross-border commuters are people
- who are domiciled in Germany and
- absolutely necessary for their professional practice, their studies or their training to go to the appropriate place in a risk area and
- return to their place of residence regularly, at least once a week.
Frontier workers are people
- who are resident in a risk area and
- have to go to Germany for their professional practice, studies or training and
- return to their place of residence regularly, at least once a week.
❓ Are there any exceptions to the exceptions?
Yes! The exceptions do not apply if you have typical symptoms of an infection with the coronavirus such as cough, fever, runny nose or loss of the sense of smell and taste. In addition, the competent authority can grant further exceptions or restrict exceptions in justified individual cases.
❓ Which tests are recognized?
PCR and antigen tests are recognized. Rapid antigen tests (also known as living room tests) and antibody tests are not recognized. The test evidence must be provided on paper or in an electronic document in German, English or French.
❓ Who bears the cost of the tests?
If there is no free trial offer, you have to pay for the costs yourself. This applies to both the mandatory test in connection with entry and the voluntary test to end the quarantine prematurely.
❓ Where can you get tested after entering the country?
You can find out more about test options in Germany online at www.116117.de or by calling 116117. Test sites can also be found upon entry at the airport and at the ports. If you want to be tested by a doctor, you have to contact the practice directly.
❓ What if you test positive after entering the country?
Those who only get tested after entering the country and then get a positive result must go directly to home or other suitable accommodation and isolate themselves there for at least ten days.
❓ What if you develop symptoms after entering the country?
If symptoms typical of Covid occur within 10 days of entering a risk area (cough, fever or loss of smell or taste), the responsible authority must be informed immediately. Unclear symptoms should be clarified immediately with a doctor – even if the first and / or the second test were negative.
❓ Are there any exceptions to the quarantine requirement?
Yes! Certain groups of people are exempt from the obligation to quarantine if they can provide appropriate evidence, such as those passing through without stopping in Germany or people who professionally transport goods / goods across borders or whose work in the health sector is urgently required.
⚠️ Important: Different rules may apply in the German federal states. Before entering or passing through, you should therefore find out exactly what applies in the destination state.
❓ How does it look on the burner?
The South Tyrolean governor Arno Kompatscher expects Austria to relax the tightened regime on the Brenner border as a result of the German decision. “Governor Günther Platter has already assured me that the abolition of border controls at the German-Austrian border will also make those at Brenner obsolete and will therefore be lifted,” said Kompatscher loudly on Friday afternoon stol.it. Kompatscher also spoke to the Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and Health Minister Roberto Speranza, so that Italy would treat Tyrol and Austria in the same way as the other EU countries in the future.
📰 BACKGROUND ⬇️
Inpatient controls have been in place at the borders since February 14, after Germany declared Tyrol a virus variant area. Only Germans and foreigners with a residence and residence permit in Germany were allowed to enter. There were exceptions, for example, for truck drivers and cross-border commuters with systemically relevant professions. You had to present a negative corona test that was no older than 48 hours.
The German controls had caused massive political displeasure in Tyrol. Again and again there was talk of harassment. Most recently, the case of a heart patient caused a sensation who was to be treated in Füssen, Germany.
Tyrol’s governor Günther Platter himself was also forbidden in advance from a planned transit across the German corner because of a corona summit in the Vienna Federal Chancellery.
In Tyrol and Vienna, people were relieved on Friday after Germany’s decision to no longer classify Tyrol as a virus variant area. Germany was able to be persuaded to “end the disproportionate border controls,” said LH Platter (ÖVP). Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) in turn saw the decision as a sign that the measures in Tyrol against the South African mutation had taken effect. (TT.com)