Germany declares all of Spain a risk zone – holidays not affected

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Germany names Spain as high risk zone

All autonomous regions, including the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, are a risk zone in the eyes of the German government from 11 July. This is due to the sharp increase in the number of infections throughout Spain.

German health authorities declared all of Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, as “simple” risk areas for COVID-19 this Friday.

Risk areas for German travellers

The German Foreign Ministry said the list of “simple” risk areas includes those with a “higher risk of infection”. Bahrain, Ireland and Trinidad and Tobago are on the list along with Spain.

Travellers arriving in Germany after staying in a “simple” risk zone must present a negative COVID-19 diagnosis test or proof of vaccination on arrival.

Germans, therefore, can continue their holidays in Spain. For those who soon leave from Spain will not change anything for the time being. The same rules will continue to apply for travellers to and in Spain. In other words, they must undergo a test before returning to their country. Valid tests are antigen within 48 hours or PCR within 72 hours of travel. The exceptions are those vaccinated and recovered people, who are exempt.

The German health authorities no longer consider Saudi Arabia and the Swedish province of Kronoberg as risk areas. However, they have included Fiji and Cyprus in the list of “high incidence” areas. This is according to the website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the government agency responsible for the fight against pandemic in Germany.

The situation in Spain could get worse

The situation could worsen in the coming week if the contagion trend in Spain continues. Germany considers a “high incidence” zone to be where the seven-day cumulative incidence exceeds 200 cases per 100,000 population. The 14-day incidence of COVID-19 in Spain is 317 per 100,000 inhabitants and more than 1,000 among those in their twenties. 21 million Spaniards are fully vaccinated.

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