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COVID-19, Federal government declares mandatory testing for immigrants and returnees coming into Germany

COVID-19 Germany: Markus Soder debates restricting entry rules into Germany from August 1st. This means that not only air travellers will be affected but those also going by car and train.

The country might also introduce corona testing before entering the country. This means that travellers will have to be prepared for extended test obligations when they return to Germany.

The federal government has assured that it will try everything by August 1 to introduce a uniform test requirement, “not only for air travel but also, for example, for everything that comes on a normal car route or train route,” said Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) on Tuesday evening in the ARD “Tagesthemen”.

In the afternoon he was informed that a legal basis would be created so that implementation would work by August 1st. Soder suggested that everyone needs to test that arrives back into the country.

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The test before, only applied to people who travel to Germany by air only. However, those who have been proven to be vaccinated or have been recovered of course will not need to test.

Health Minister Jens Spahn ( CDU ) wants to oblige travellers in future to submit a negative corona test when they enter Germany – regardless of which areas and which means of transport they come to Germany from.