As a result of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in Britain, Germany is tightening its travel restrictions for Britons.
TIn late Saturday, Britain was included in a list of “virus variant areas” released by the Robert Koch Institute, the country’s national disease control center. The requirements mean that anyone travelling from the U.K. to Germany is required to enter a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
As the UK reports record numbers of Coronavirus infections, the new restrictions, which take effect Sunday, coincide with the outbreak. The UK saw 90,418 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, and 82,886 new cases on Sunday.
Germany has added the UK to its list of “virus variant areas,” which includes eight African countries, including South Africa. The initiative comes after stricter restrictions across Europe as the continent faces a fourth wave of infections.
France and Denmark will be considered high-risk areas by Germany beginning Sunday, and those who are not vaccinated or have recovered from the virus will have to undergo a 10-day quarantine. This category now includes more than a dozen countries, including nearly all of Germany’s immediate neighbors.