Germany postpones compulsory negative entrance test to Tuesday


Berlin, March 26 (EFE) .- The obligation to present a negative test to enter Germany by air will become effective at dawn on Tuesday and not on Sunday, as was initially planned, announced today the Minister of Health, Jens Spahn .

At a press conference to assess the epidemiological situation in the country, the minister specified that the entry into force has been postponed “in order to give travelers and airlines a little more time.”

Thus, the regulations will come into force “at 00.00” on Tuesday (23.00 GMT on Monday) or, “to avoid confusion, so to speak, at 00.01 on March 30,” he said.

According to Spahn, the airlines had stated that for most of their destinations they could meet the initial deadline on Sunday, but not for certain countries where the testing infrastructure is not as developed.

He added that since the statement that “whoever does not present a negative test does not fly” is indeed “very clear” and has consequences for the traveler, Germany has decided to give the airlines a little more time to organize the test, in particular, in those countries with the worst infrastructure.

He recalled that it is “a preventive measure to avoid the spread of the virus through tourist trips” that also serves to protect the passenger himself on the plane.

Until now, the requirement to present a negative test before embarking on a flight to Germany only affected travelers from areas of high incidence or with the presence of coronavirus mutations.

The implementation of this mandatory test regardless of the country from which it is entered is a response to the controversy caused by the increase in demand and supply of travel, in particular to the Balearic Islands, after this and five other Spanish autonomous communities left to appear on the list of risk areas.

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, yesterday ratified her government’s intention to “restrict” vacation travel abroad due to the pandemic, although she admitted that there are “notable legal problems” in trying to implement its ban.

“We cannot behave contrary to the law,” said the German leader, in an appearance before the media after the summit, in telematic format, of the leaders of the European Union (EU).

German government sources explained yesterday that they were “studying” the possibility of temporarily banning non-essential trips abroad, to specify then that this was being analyzed by the Ministries of the Interior and Justice.

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