Starting from Monday, unmarried couples in Germany would be allowed to reunite after some months of separation.
On Friday, the interior minister said that the exemption is applicable to Germans’ partners from countries considered as high-risk in Germany and unmarried couples will be required to provide proof that they were dating before the pandemic.
Since March the majority of the European Union borders have been shut down, allowing no passage for non-EU travelers unless they are married to an EU resident or essential worker.
Several separated couples have been expressing themselves on social media with the hashtags #LoveIsEssential and #LoveIsNotTourism to persuade governments to allow lovers to reunite.
A few European countries such as Norway, Denmark, and Austria have paid attention to the call with the introduction of ‘sweetheart visas’ that excluded couples from the travel ban.
In Germany, couples are required to tender an invitation by the partner who resides in Germany and then signs a statement that acknowledges that they are presently in a relationship.
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