Germany and Italy have banned entry for travellers from India due to an upsurge in the number of Coronavirus cases.
The decision means that now only nationals and holders of German residence permits travelling from India will be permitted to enter Germany’s territory. However, the flights between both countries will not be suspended, despite the increase in the number of infections in India, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Such a decision has been confirmed by Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn through a statement published on Twitter.
“To jeopardize our vaccination campaign, travel to India must be significantly restricted. Therefore, the federal government will shortly declare India a virus variant area. From Sunday, only Germans from India are allowed to enter; they must also be tested before departure and immediately after entry into a 14- day quarantine,” the minister has pointed out in this regard.
According to the new rules, all persons who wish to travel from India to Germany in order to transit to any Schengen Zone country will be permitted to do so only if they are German nationals or holders of a German resident permit.
Transit to any country that is not part of the Schengen Zone will be permitted for all nationalities. All persons who hold German short and long term visas are not eligible to enter Germany.
Students on a new German student visa who do not hold a residence permit in Germany are not permitted to enter this territory, the statement reads.
As for Members of a foreign diplomatic mission or Consular office as well as their close family members, “whose appointment and arrival into Germany has been notified to the German Federal Foreign Office are allowed to enter Germany.”
All travellers must have a negative result of the Coronavirus test, not older than 48 hours, at the time of departure.
According to the announcement published by local authorities in Italy, the country also has prohibited entry for all persons who have visited India during the past two weeks, after evaluating that the Coronavirus situation has worsened in this country.
Italian residents currently in India will be permitted to return if they hold a negative test result before departure and arrival when they will be required to undergo quarantine.
Besides Germany and Italy, Maldives and Bangladesh have also taken the exact same measures, prohibiting all persons who have been in India from entering the country. Such a decision has been announced by Maldives Tourism Minister, stressing that the country will temporarily suspend travelling from India to the Maldives.
India is the second most affected country worldwide by the Coronavirus disease, with over 17,748,607 registered cases and 198,597 deaths up to this point.
News source: schengenvisainfo