People travelling from Dublin to Germany required to take Covid test

Anyone travelling from Dublin to Germany will have to take a free Covid-19 test upon arrival from tomorrow.

The measure will come into effect as Germany has declared Dublin as a Covid-19 risk area. Berlin defines a risk area as anywhere with a new infection rate above 50 per 100,000 of population in the last week.

All arrivals from Dublin to Germany will be required to take a Covid-19 test upon arrival or within 10 days, and they will be instructed to self-isolate until a negative result has returned, according to The Irish Times.

Anyone who can provide proof of a negative Irish test, produced in the previous 48 hours, will be exempt from a test and isolation, however, they will still be encouraged to take a test on arrival in Germany.

A positive test result requires up to 10 days of isolation in Germany. Testing is available for no charge at all German airports with flights to and from Ireland.

The decision was taken after consultation between Germany's disease control body and foreign and interior ministries. German officials confirmed that Dublin had been a concern for some time due to the rising level of Covid-19 infection in the capital.

The entirety of neighbouring country the Czech Republic is also expected to be declared as a risk area by German health officials.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, who was in Berlin from Saturday to Monday, is restricting his movements and working from home after coming into close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19.