Germany has renewed border controls with the Czech Republic and is restricting travel

Updates: 14.02.2021 00:19

Berlin – Germany has officially renewed permanent border controls on the border with the Czech Republic since midnight. The reason is the bad epidemic situation in the Czech Republic, which Germany now considers to be an area with a high incidence of coronavirus mutations. The stricter epidemic assessment of the Czech Republic further complicates travel between the two countries, so only paramedics and other employees of critical infrastructure can commute to work across borders. Passage through Germany is also limited.

As of today, transport companies are not allowed to transport passengers from the Czech Republic to Germany. The exception is German citizens or those living in Germany. The Ministry of the Interior states that this restriction applies not only to commercial transport, but also to individual transport. A test is required to enter Germany, which must also be submitted by freight transport workers or transit persons. Germany only recognizes the transport of goods or humanitarian routes as a reason for transit; it will not be possible to pass to Italy, for example, for a holiday.

Of the Czech commuters working in Germany, only paramedics and, in the case of Saxony, agricultural workers can still commute. However, a test for coronavirus is required of them every day.

Saxony called on commuters from other sectors to stay in Germany. They will contribute 40 euros (1030 CZK) per night. According to unofficial information from the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bavaria will allow pendlers to enter without quarantine, who will receive confirmation from the employer and local authorities that they are necessary by Tuesday.

Except for truck drivers and commuters, they are exempt from the quarantine that everyone else has to enter after arriving in Germany. In Saxony, where the quarantine lasts 14 days, it is not possible to end the isolation prematurely, which other countries allow after five days.

Compliance with the stricter epidemic regime is being monitored by the police, who have reintroduced border controls. Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder and Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann want to see how these controls now work at the Schirnding / Cheb border crossing.

Source: České noviny – hlavní události by

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