Germany is very serious about citizens getting vaccinated and has now barred the unvaccinated from using public transportation, including buses and trains unless they provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test from within the past 24 hours or proof of recovery from COVID-19.
New “3G” restrictions also apply to homeless people who often sleep on train platforms to get out of the cold. If a homeless person cannot show proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative COVID-19 test from within the last 24 hours, they will be removed from train platforms.
The government now requires transportation operators to do random checks for passengers’ compliance.
The new travel restrictions are part of several other measures that have been put in place to restrict the unvaccinated from participation in public life in Germany. Individuals without proof of vaccination or recovery from a recent infection are now barred from much of any public amenities, including bars and restaurants.
Olaf Scholz, incoming chancellor of Germany, is seeking to make vaccinations mandatory throughout Germany. The country is currently seeing an average of 60,000 new COVID-19 cases daily.
Neighboring Austria will be making vaccines mandatory on Feb 1, with fines or even jail time for those who refuse.