Germany to end ban for British travellers next week

Germany is set to lift its travel ban on British travellers from next week, the German embassy has announced.

From 11pm on Tuesday, January 4 (UK time), double-jabbed Brits will be able to enter Germany, and those who are not fully vaccinated can still enter if they have an important reason for travelling.

The embassy said that those who are double-jabbed won’t need a negative Covid test or be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Transport Secretary praised the move and described it as “welcome development from our German colleagues”.

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Germany announced earlier this month it was tightening restrictions on travel from the UK in an attempt to curb the spread of the Omicron variant.

The rules, which came into force on December 19, banned carriers such as airlines transporting British tourists to Germany.

Only German citizens and residents, their partners and children, and transit passengers, were allowed to travel to the country from the UK and anyone entering Germany needed a negative PCR test and was required to quarantine for 14 days, regardless of vaccination status.

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France also introduced a ban on UK travellers earlier in December

France imposed similar restrictions for UK travellers from December 18 – but they have also suspended a travel ban for Brits travelling through France to get to their homes in other EU countries.

The UK Government’s advice, as published on its website, says: “The French authorities confirmed on December 30 that UK nationals who are resident in other EU member states and who have travelled to the UK for the Christmas period will be able to transit France over the New Year period in order to return home to their country of residence.

“Transit for less than 24 hours in the international zone of an airport is listed under ‘essential reasons’ to travel.”

A UK Government spokesman added: “The French authorities have confirmed that British nationals will face no additional restrictions while travelling through the holiday period.

“British nationals who are currently in the UK, but resident in the EU, will be able to return to their home through France over the New Year period without disruption.

“We remain in close contact with the French authorities.”

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