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Lufthansa New Rules Come into Force For Unvaccinated Travellers

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Unvaccinated travelers who want to fly with Lufthansa from today must produce confirmation of recent recovery or a recent negative COVID-19 test. This applies to flights to and from Germany as well as domestic flights.

After being agreed by Germany’s federal government and state leaders last week, the regulations were implemented today. The regulations apply to all modes of public transportation in Germany, including international and domestic aircraft, buses, trains, and subways.

The measures, known locally as the ‘3G’ standards, are already in effect to refuse those with a higher Coronavirus risk profile entry to select public venues. 3G stands for geimpft, genesen, oder getestet, which means vaccinated, recovered, or tested in German.

To be considered completely vaccinated, passengers must have received the final dose in their COVID-19 immunization regimen at least 14 days before flying.

Lufthansa stated that it will accept either paper or digital proof, adding that boosters are not required for the time being and that there is no time limit from when passengers received their last shot.

Passengers who have not been fully immunized must produce documentation of a negative COVID-19 test. A PCR, LAMP, or TMA test must be taken within 48 hours of leaving Germany, while cheaper antigen tests must be taken within 24 hours.

On international planes destined for Germany, the tests are valid for another 24 hours.

Passengers who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and are therefore ineligible to be vaccinated must produce proof of natural immunity. A PCR, LAMP, or TMA test certificate dated between 28 days and six months must be given as proof.

On domestic flights, the regulations will apply to all passengers aged six and up, while on international flights, the same laws would apply to passengers aged 12 and up.

Germany is currently dealing with an alarming increase in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, prompting calls for a full national lockdown to address the crisis.

Infection rates are rising across Europe, but Germany is on the verge of a disaster due to its low vaccination rate compared to other EU countries.

Lufthansa reported a minor profit in the third quarter as summer travel demand increased. Following the United States’ reopening to international travelers earlier this month, the airline has experienced a nice increase in new bookings.

Some of those benefits are now in jeopardy, as Germans are being advised to avoid large gatherings, Christmas markets are being canceled, and working from home is being encouraged once more.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned Americans, vaccinated or not, to stay away from Germany earlier this week, citing pandemic fears as the reason for the warning.

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