Germany Just Banned Entry From Portugal and Russia. Here’s What It Means for Digital Nomads.

In a step backward from news of countries reopening to tourists as covid vaccination rates rise, Germany has announced it’s closing its borders to Portugal and Russia beginning on June 29

German’s Robert Koch Institute added Portugal and Russia to the list of banned countries due to a rise or high level of Delta-variant covid cases

This will impact citizens, digital nomads, and tourists currently in either Portugal or Russia with plans to head to Germany soon. It could also impact those with plans for travel through the region in the future. 

Regardless of citizenship, individuals will no longer be able to travel into Germany from Portugal or Russia even though American, Danish, Dutch, and several other countries’ citizens have recently been added to Germany’s list of accepted epidemiologically safe countries for travel.

German citizens or residents currently in Russia or Portugal will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon returning to Germany. This applies to everyone regardless of vaccination status or negative test results.

Germany reopened to vaccinated American tourists on June 25, and Portugal is open to Americans who can present a negative covid test. Unvaccinated U.K residents looking to vacation in Portugal now need to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. 

Lauren Allain
Lauren is a freelance journalist from Seattle. She travels the globe in search of the best grocery stores, bouldering gyms, and snorkeling locations. Her mission at Freedom Is Everything is to help others make the transition into location-independent lifestyles.