Germany considers the Czechia to be a high-risk area with virus mutations. It practically prohibits cross-border travel

Along with the Czech Republic, which was designated as a region with whole mutations, the Austrian federal state of Tyrol was also included in the list. The Robert Koch Institute is due to publish the revised list on Friday. The provincial governments of Bavaria and Saxony will also discuss possible exemptions from the federal regulation on Friday. It is already clear that only Czech commuters, who are necessary for the country’s operation, will be able to enter Germany without the necessary quarantine. These are mainly paramedics.

The Czech ambassador to Germany, Tomáš Kafka, said of the expected tightening of the regime for the Czechia that it was déjà vu for him. “It reminds me of going back to March 2020,” he said. Last spring, due to a pandemic, the Czech government closed its borders to disillusionment with Germany. “I hope that, like last spring, we will be able to gradually get closer to normal,” he added.

Der Spiegel magazine made a similar comment. “This repeats what the federal government wanted to avoid, namely that the pandemic would close the intra-European borders again, as in the spring,” the magazine wrote.

Seehofer said that the federal government was explicitly asked by the governments of Saxony and Bavaria to tighten the epidemic assessment of the Czech Republic. Their border districts continue to face high rates of infection, which they link to the complex epidemic situation in the Czech Republic. Saxony has already announced that it will only allow entry to commuters working in healthcare and agriculture, or in animal production, respectively.

Since January 24, Germany has considered the Czechia to be an epidemically high-risk area; The reason is the high rate of infection in the country. The new tightening agreed by Germany today will make the current regime even stricter, as it will, with a few exceptions, virtually ban cross-border travel.

Of the European countries, Britain, Ireland and Portugal are on the critical list of areas with mutations. Transport companies are prohibited from transporting passengers from these countries to Germany. This measure will also apply to the Czech Republic, which is Germany’s immediate neighbor. For this reason, Germany will also limit car traffic. According to Seehofer, in order to be able to control the ban, it is necessary to renew patrols at the border.

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