People traveling from Britain to Germany will have to self-quarantine from midnight Monday as the country tries to slow the spread of Omicron.
Regional health ministers on Saturday urged the government to introduce tougher rules in the face of increasing variant cases in the UK.
They requested a two-week quarantine period, including for vaccinated travelers.
“The spread of Omicron in the UK is very obvious … We need to prevent the spread for as long as possible and slow it down as much as possible, “the ministers said in a statement.
People coming from the UK must also provide a negative coronavirus test under the new rules.
it comes after France announced a travel ban to and from the UK unless there is a “compelling” reason – and tourism and business are not eligible.
This ordinance is now in force.
Netherlands also put in place tough four-week lockdown Sunday to slow Omicron, with the closure of shops, bars, restaurants and other non-essential public places.
Infections in Germany rose sharply in October and November, but fell this month, with just under 51,000 reported on Friday.
Like Great Britain, it is stepping up its booster vaccination program and hit a new one-day record on Wednesday with 1.5 million vaccines administered.
The UK is currently Omicron’s hotspot in Europe and has reported over 10,000 new Omicron cases on Saturday – three times more than Friday.
The total number of cases exceeded 90,000 for the second day in a row.
Senior government scientists say further restrictions are needed to prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed with patients in the coming weeks.
Ministers prepare plans for a two week “kill switch” after Christmas, according to the Times, which could see restrictions on the indoor mix and limit hotel companies to outdoor service.