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Cross-border shopping: Vaccinated Swiss can now shop in Germany again

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The Local - [email protected] • 21 Apr, 2021 Updated Wed 21 Apr 2021 14:56 CEST
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A German police officer wearing a protective face mask controls motorists at the Swiss-German border on March 16, 2020, in Basel, Northern Switzerland. - Germany has reintroduced border controls with France, Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg and Denmark from March 16, 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis, interior minister Horst Seehofer said the day before. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP)

Germany has relaxed its entry rules, with fully vaccinated Swiss now allowed to cross the border to go shopping without needing to quarantine.

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Swiss residents who have been fully vaccinated are now allowed to cross into the neighbouring German state of Baden-Württemberg for the purpose of going shopping. 

The rules were relaxed with little fanfare on Monday, April 19th, German newspaper Südkurier reports. 

In addition to those who have been fully vaccinated, people who have contracted coronavirus between 21 days and three months prior will also be allowed to cross the border and avoid the quarantine requirement. 

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In the case of those who have had the virus recently however, they will need to show evidence of a negative PCR test in order to enter Germany. 

READ MORE: How do you prove you have been vaccinated in Switzerland?

Swiss news outlet 20 Minutes reports that people who have symptoms of the virus will not be allowed to cross into Germany, even if they’ve been fully vaccinated or have contracted it recently. 

As reported earlier on Wednesday by The Local Switzerland, people who have been fully vaccinated will no longer have to quarantine if they come into contact with a coronavirus-positive person. 

READ MORE: Fully vaccinated people to be exempt from quarantine in Switzerland

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