Traveling to Spain will again be easier for German tourists. The incidence of coronavirus in the country is declining, and as a result, the German government has stopped classifying it as a high-risk area as of Sunday. However, the “3G” rule still applies for those over the age of 12.
Spain hit the list of high-risk areas at the end of July
As of yesterday, holidaymakers returning to Germany from Spain no longer have to undergo quarantine. Already a week ago, the first Spanish regions, including the Canary Islands and Catalonia with the tourist metropolis of Barcelona, were removed from the risk list. Now the entire country is considered “risk-free” – including Mallorca, an island that is extremely popular with Germans. As of Sunday, the Lisbon metropolitan area is also no longer a high-risk area. The only region in Portugal left on the list is the resort region of Algarve.
Spain is considered the most popular holiday destination for Germans. It was listed as a high-risk area on July 11 due to a surge in infections in the middle of the vacation season, and was added to the list of high-risk areas at the end of July. Since then, people returning to Germany from Spain who were not fully vaccinated and were not recovered had to undergo a 10-day quarantine. They could only be exempted after five days, provided they tested negative for coronavirus. Thanks to a significant drop in new infections in Spain, this is now a thing of the past.
The “3G” rule still applies
However, those traveling to Spain still face some restrictions. Germany is now considered a risk area by Spain and will remain so until at least September 5. For this reason, all travelers from Germany over the age of 12 must show upon entry into Germany that they have been vaccinated or are recovered, and otherwise present a negative coronavirus test result. This also applies when returning to Germany – regardless of whether or not they have been in a high-risk area.
Chile is also no longer considered a high-risk area by Germany. New to the list are three Caribbean countries: Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Saint Lucia. After Sunday’s changes, there are still about 70 countries classified in whole or in part as Hochrisikogebiete, or areas with a particularly high risk of coronavirus infection.