Arrivals from Turkey eligible for immediate COVID-19 test, German health minister says

Germany's Health Minister Jens Spahn said that arrivals from countries designated as high-risk over the COVID-19 coronavirus, currently including Turkey, will be eligible for immediate tests while people coming from other places will be able to get tested within three days, Cumhuriyet reported on Sunday.

If a holidaymaker arriving home from a high-risk country tests negative they will not have to observe a 14-day quarantine, which is otherwise mandatory, Spahn said during an interview with Deutschlandfunk radio on Saturday, according to Cumhuriyet.

“We are also checking whether it is legally possible to oblige someone to do a test, because it would be an encroachment on freedom,” the minister said.

As it currently stands, German tourists would have to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return from Turkey.

Germany’s tourism operators have also called on Berlin to lift travel warnings on countries outside the European Union, which are currently in place until Aug. 31.