Covid-19: Germany removes Vietnam from travel risk list

, Covid-19: Germany removes Vietnam from travel risk list

Travelers from Vietnam will be able to travel to Germany under facilitated rules as the latter’s authorities have decided to remove the country from the high-risk list.

Germany’s Robert Koch-Institute (RKI) on March 1 decided to remove 60 countries and territories across the world, including Vietnam, from the list of the countries that are highly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

All passengers entering Germany from Vietnam will no longer be subject to relevant strict regulations accordingly.

The RKI stated that with the widespread occurrence of the Omicron variant, the probability of this variant to have a severe course is shown to be less compared to the previous prevalent variants.

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The classification as a high-risk area should be reserved for those areas where there is a particularly high incidence in terms of the spread of a variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus with higher virulence (especially disease-causing properties) compared to the Omicron variant, it said. This new regulation will take effect from 00:00 on March 3, 2022.

According to a report by Vietnam News Agency, Vietnam was classified by Germany as one of high risk COVID-19 areas from August 15 last year. Accordingly, passengers from Vietnam entering Germany were requested to test for SARS-CoV-2 following the RT-PCR method prior to their flight, make online health declaration, and be quarantined for 10 days after their entry.

A total 98,762 cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the past 24 hours, including 19 imported cases, the Vietnam’s Ministry of Health reported.

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As of February 28, the country had injected over 194.97 million doses of vaccines to date, with over 67.456 million people over 18 and 8.15 million children from 12-17 having received two shots, while more than 39.98 million booster shots and third shots had been administered.

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