TRAVEL Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic reopen common borders

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Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic reopen common borders

Xinhua

02:44, May 27, 2020

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BUDAPEST, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic will reopen their respective borders to each other's citizens at midnight on Tuesday for stays of no more than 48 hours without quarantine, Hungary's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto said on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

"Over last night and this morning I agreed with my Czech and Slovak counterparts to allow Hungarian, Slovak and Czech citizens to stay in their countries without a quarantine stay of no more than 48 hours, effective from midnight," Szijjarto said in a video message recorded while in a visit in Romania.

On Monday, Hungary announced the opening of its border with Serbia, following last week's opening of the border with Romania.

Also on Tuesday, the Czech Republic began reopening its border crossings with neighboring Germany and Austria, in a further bid to normalize life amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"From Tuesday, we are opening all railway and road crossings with Germany and Austria, as well as the Hrensko river crossing, and we are abolishing comprehensive border controls," Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamacek said on Monday in a statement, adding that proof for a negative COVID-19 test will still be mandatory and border checks will be random.

Crossing borders in non-designated areas will still be prohibited until June 13, and the external borders of the Schengen area will be closed until at least June 15, Czech media reported.

Meanwhile, the German government is planning to lift a travel warning for tourists for 31 European countries from June 15, ending an unprecedented directive against all international travel, German news agency DPA reported on Tuesday.

Alongside Germany's 26 fellow EU member states, the warning will also be lifted for Britain and the four non-EU members of the borderless Schengen area -- Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein -- according to a draft policy proposal seen by DPA.

Germany's plans, which are contingent on continuing positive trends in the coronavirus pandemic, could be approved by Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet as early as Wednesday, DPA said.

The German warning against all foreign travel is to be replaced by advice tailored to the risks in individual countries, the report said.


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