The month-long forced separation of many unmarried couples due to the Corona entry restrictions for foreign partners is expected to end next week. From Monday, partners from third countries should be able to return to Germany against appropriate evidence, the Federal Ministry of the Interior said.

According to the ministry, a prerequisite for the now facilitated entry facilitation is a "long-term partnership". This should be demonstrated, for example, by a previous common residence abroad or by a previous personal meeting in Germany. In addition to travel documents that are intended to prove a previous meeting, an invitation from the partner living in Germany and a jointly signed statement on the existence of the relationship must also be submitted.

In order to contain the corona virus, Germany and the other EU countries had imposed a far-reaching ban on entry for citizens of most non-EU countries. Short-term visits to spouses, registered partners or close relatives are permitted under certain conditions from these countries. However, unmarried people could not visit their partner in Germany.

Politicians from different parties had called for a change in the past few weeks. Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) had pushed for a European regulation. The new regulation can now be implemented "within a European framework", said Seehofer on Friday.