A requirement for all airline passengers entering Germany to provide a negative coronavirus test result before departure will come into force on Monday, German Health Minister Jens Spahn told a news conference on Friday.
So far, only passengers from countries or regions with a high coronavirus infection rate are required to provide a negative test result. But there has been growing concern over increased travel over the Easter holiday season, after airlines added hundreds of flights to the Spanish island of Majorca, where the infection rate is below the threshold at which tests are required.
Moreover, Germany extended its list of high-risk zones on Friday. The country warned its citizens not to make unnecessary trips to neighbouring France, Austria, Denmark and the Czech Republic because of rising Covid-19 infection rates.
The move also means people coming into Germany from those countries will have to provide a negative test not older than 48 hours at the border, the Robert-Koch-Institute for disease control said. They will then have to go into a ten-day quarantine which can be shortened after a second negative test after five days, it added.
France’s European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune said cross-border workers living in eastern France and travelling into Germany every day would be required to take two Covid-19 tests per week. Tens of thousands of French residents traverse the frontier each day for work.