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Germany drops SA, others from ‘virus variant’ list

Reclassification will make it possible for others to travel to Germany, subject to proof of vaccination or a negative test result. 
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Germany no longer considers South Africa and eight other African countries as so-called ‘virus variant’ areas, the Health Ministry said on Friday, in a move that will ease strict travel restrictions.

The change, which takes effect on Sunday, comes after the Delta strain of Covid-19 became dominant in both Germany and South Africa, displacing the Beta strain originally found in the southern African nation.

Only German nationals and those with permanent residency are currently able to travel to the country from virus variant areas, subject to quarantine.

The reclassification will make it possible for others to travel to Germany, subject to proof of vaccination or a negative test result.

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Every new headline about this never-ending curse is now presenting to me as being just an ongoing disingenuity. I will believe that we have been set free on a permanent basis only after at least 3 years of uninterrupted freedom with no related rancid and collusive headline grabbing.

One can transit Germany “air side” with a PCR valid for 48hrs BEFORE arrival in Germany.

Now the next challenge is to change the Schengen visa rules that force South Africans to get a visas for Schengen states, like Germany, while the European state nationals just swan into South Africa like they own it.

Fair and equal treatment or reciprocity should apply.

I agree with you in part. Yes, I feel visas should be dropped or at least made free but still need to apply – that is a compromise at least.

But instead we are treated like criminals before even applying for visas. When boarding flights, they check again if you have a visa which makes one feel even more ‘warm and fluffy’ inside.

We are not welcome but EU countries wanted us to fight their wars for them. Blood was wasted

Too late Germany, won’t see me again

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