Germany has identified the southern regions of France as high-risk areas due to the increasing number of coronavirus infections. Many of them are popular among German holidaymakers. Besides Europe, the German government has classified other countries as high-risk areas, including Algeria, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Mexico and Thailand.
Germany’s federal government has declared large parts of southern France a high-risk area due to the rising number of coronavirus infections. The regions most affected by COVID-19 are Occitania, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and the Mediterranean island of Corsica, according to the Robert Koch Institute.
Regions popular with tourists
Many of the destinations that are popular with German holidaymakers and tourists are located in these three regions. Including, but not limited to, the entire Mediterranean coast with Cannes and Nice, Provence or the large cities of Marseille and Toulouse.
The revised classification takes effect on Sunday. This means that persons entering Germany from these regions who cannot present a vaccination or recovery certificate will be quarantined for at least five days.
French overseas territories: Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion, St. Martin and St. Barthelema are also considered high-risk areas.
Apart from Europe, the German government has classified other countries as high-risk areas, including Algeria, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Mexico, and Thailand. Following the decline in infections, the Netherlands is no longer recognized as a high risk area.
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