Slovakia is protesting against the mandatory test of truckers at the German Foreign Ministry

“This measure will cause huge problems and this requirement is practically unattainable for truckers,” Slovak Foreign Minister Ivan Korcok told his German counterpart, according to the communiqué.

On Friday, the German authorities classified Slovakia as one of the countries where dangerous virus variants are spreading, and therefore tightened the conditions for entry from there. Previously, the Czech Republic and Tyrol in Austria were considered such areas. These areas cannot be entered into Germany, with a few exceptions, such as truck drivers, but they must also pass a negative test at the border or be quarantined.

“Our economies are closely intertwined, so we need to avoid steps within the union that could lead to responses and further damage the single market,” Korcok warned.

In Slovakia, the most contagious virus variant, first identified in the UK, is currently spreading the most, and the presence of the South African mutant virus has not yet been confirmed in the country.

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