Germany tightened COVID-19 rules, Friday, for unvaccinated travellers from Spain and the Netherlands, stressing that those returning from there will have to quarantine for at least five days.
Spain and the Netherlands have been classified as areas with a high incidence of coronavirus. Hence, German authorities took this step during the summer break from school in Germany, when many families vacation on the sunny Mediterranean beaches of Spain or the North Sea coast of the Netherlands.
Meanwhile, nearly half of Germans have had two Covid shots and are therefore exempt from the quarantine rules. However, only about 2 per cent of under-18s are fully vaccinated, a potential headache for travelling families.
In the same page, Spain has registered rapid growth in the number of diagnosed cases over the past few weeks. The number jumped five-fold between mid-June and mid-July.
Spain recorded 624 new cases per 100,000 people in the 14 days through the end of last week, while the Netherlands had 670 cases, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. That compares with 17 in Germany.
The German quarantine requirement for travellers from high incidence regions does not apply to travellers who had Covid-19 in the past six months.
The changes for Spain and the Netherlands take effect from next Tuesday.