North Rhine-Westphalia imposes compulsory coronavirus testing for arrivals from risk areas

North Rhine-Westphalia imposes compulsory coronavirus testing for arrivals from risk areas
A person is tested for coronavirus just before Christmas. Photo: DPA
North Rhine-Westphalia has become the second state after Bavaria to put in place compulsory coronavirus testing for arrivals from high-risk areas.

From Monday, October 28th, all arrivals in Germany’s most populous state must take a coronavirus test, DPA reports. 

The test can be done on arrival, or in 24 hours or less before entering NRW. 

NRW is the second state to put in place such an obligation after Bavaria. 

The test must be completed at the arrival’s expense, with airports across the state to be equipped to carry out the tests. 

The test obligation is only for arrivals from outside of Germany, not for those who are arriving after having been in high-risk areas elsewhere in the country. 

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Transit passengers are not affected by the regulation, nor are cross-border commuters. 

The obligation is a de facto test requirement for almost everyone entering from outside Germany, given the high rate of coronavirus infections across the globe. 

NRW Health Minister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU) had said on Wednesday that “almost every country on this globe” is now a risk area. 

The classification as a risk area occurs when a country or region exceeds the limit of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days.

 

 


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