As of Monday, Luxembourg residents will not need to provide a negative Covid test nor self-isolate anymore to enter Saarland for a period of less than 24 hours.
Saarland seeks to uphold its "small border traffic" with this approach, according to Minister-president Tobias Hans.
To date, the only exception has been for cross-border workers and students enrolled across the border.
In Rhineland-Palatinate, however, a negative test result no older than 48 hours, or mandatory quarantine in case no test has been carried out, are still required to enter the territory. On Tuesday, Mainz specified that there will be no exceptions for Luxembourgers.
The county commissioner of the Trier-Saarburg district, Günther Schartz, together with the Luxembourgish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health scheduled a video conference for Thursday noon. The conference also included delegates of border counties Merzig-Wadern and Bitburg-Prüm, as well as state secretaries from the Rhineland-Palatinatian and the National Ministry of Health. According to Günther Schartz, together, they should be able to tackle the problems caused by Luxembourg's recently changed status to 'risk zone', instead of simply complaining about each others' approaches.
Belgium, which classified the Grand-Duchy as a red zone on Friday allows entry to the country for 48 hours.