Berlin (dpa) - The federal government wants to extend the transport ban for travelers from so-called virus variant areas until March 17th.

This is reported by the “Funke Mediengruppe”, which has a corresponding draft bill from the Federal Ministry of Health.

"With a significantly reduced entry of virus variants, further infections should be prevented as much as possible," says the paper.

Currently, the transport ban, which currently also includes entries from the Czech Republic and large parts of the Austrian state of Tyrol, applies until March 3rd.

In principle, only Germans and foreigners residing in Germany are allowed to enter from there.

There are exceptions for commuters who work in systemically important industries, among others.


People who enter Germany should also receive a Corona SMS from the federal government from Monday when their cell phone logs into the German mobile network.

"This informs you about the entry and infection protection regulations in force in the Federal Republic of Germany and informs you of current infection protection measures to prevent the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus," said a statement from the Ministry of Health on Saturday.

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BMG information on the transport ban

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