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Germany introduces quarantine for arrivals from UK amid Omicron outbreak

17:15, 19 December 2021
Germany introduces quarantine for arrivals from UK amid Omicron outbreak

The German authorities have tightened restrictions on travelers from the UK to prevent the spread of the Omicron coronavirus strain. The German Robert Koch Institute recognized the United Kingdom as a zone for the spread of coronavirus mutations.


From Sunday midnight, the carriage of passengers from the UK to Germany is prohibited, except for citizens and residents of the Federal Republic of Germany, as well as the transit passengers.

Every traveler arriving in Germany from the UK will have to go to a 14-day quarantine and pass a PCR test for coronavirus, and this measure is mandatory even for those vaccinated against COVID-19.

On December 19, 10,059 Omicron cases were recorded in the UK. The total number of diagnosed Omicron infections has reached 24,968. In addition, seven people have already died in the country after being infected with Omicron.

The World Health Organization reported that Omicron has already been detected in 89 countries of the world.

The new variant is considered more infectious than other previous strains of COVID-19, due to a large number of mutations, and vaccinations against it are less effective.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced the introduction of a hard lockdown in the country from December 19 to January 14 amid the rapid spread of the Omicron strain.