Germany declares Portugal, Russia virus-variant zones, restricts travel

Tourists depart Frankfurt Airport for Easter holidays in Frankfurt

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany declared Portugal and Russia to be "virus-variant zones", a measure that will trigger severe restrictions on travel to and from both countries.

Germany's public health agency, the Robert Koch Institute, made the announcement on Friday evening.

Britain, where the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus is already endemic, has already been declared a virus-variant zone, meaning travellers arriving from there face a mandatory two-week quarantine.

(Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Chris Reese)

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