Germany announced this Thursday that as of Saturday, COVID-19 tests will be forced to take all travelers from areas considered high-risk due to the increase in infections.
Health Minister Jens Spahn has stated that the diagnostic test is required of all people who try to enter Germany from the risk areas indicated by his ministry, which currently include the Spanish municipalities of Catalonia, Aragon and Navarra.
The criterion that the German authorities want to add to this “black list” is that the place in question has registered more than 50 new cases of coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants in the last week.
Previously, travelers from these risk areas had to undergo a 14-day quarantine at the request of the countries, but the diagnostic tests were voluntary. A free trial has been offered to all international travelers since last Saturday.