Germany joins France in banning British tourists due to Omicron spread

British tourists will not be able to enter Germany from Sunday (Image: EPA)

Germany is set to introduce strict new travel rules barring British tourists from entering the country.

In a move that would make any plans for the Christmas break, only German citizens, residents and transit passengers will be allowed to enter Germany from the UK from midnight Sunday (11pm). UK time).

Those eligible for entry, vaccinated or not, will have to present proof of a negative PCR test and be quarantined for 14 days.

The country’s public health body, the Robert-Koch-Institut, announced the new regulations on Saturday night as it classifies the UK as an area of ​​concern due to Omicron.

More than 90,000 Covid cases were recorded by the UK Government for the second day in a row on Saturday.

It means the UK is now in Germany’s highest category for travel restrictions, along with South Africa, where the variant was first identified.

The new rules will be in place until at least January 3.

It comes after France announced it was banning travel to and from the UK unless there was a ‘compelling’ reason, excluding travel or business travel.

Anyone who is able to enter Germany under the new rules will have to go into quarantine (Image: EPA)

The UK foreign office’s advice for those looking to travel to Germany has been updated based on the new regulations.

It states: ‘Only German citizens and residents can come to Germany from the UK (with a limit of exemptions).

‘Authorized travelers must now have proof of a negative Covid test, regardless of vaccination status.

‘All travelers who are allowed to enter Germany after 23:01 on December 19 must self-isolate at home for 14 days regardless of their vaccination status. “

The UK has been easing its own travel restrictions at the same time as countries around the world have banned its citizens from entering.

This week, the redlisting was dropped meaning no travelers are now required to check into quarantined hotels on arrival.

France’s announcement of the travel ban took many by surprise and sent passengers rushing through the canal before regulations were put in place.

This has had a direct impact on freight traffic, resulting in long lines of trucks at ports including Dover.

There have been long setbacks on the M20 motorway in Kent and at the Channel Tunnel entrance on Saturday.

It pulled in queues at the Port of Dover a day earlier after many put their Christmas travel plans ahead to avoid the new regulations.

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