Stricter entry rules for Slovakia from Sunday

In addition to the Czech Republic and the Austrian Tyrol, stricter entry rules will also apply to Slovakia from Sunday due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The federal government has designated this EU country as a region with particularly dangerous coronavirus mutations. Federal Health Minister Jens Spann said in Berlin that travel restrictions were absolutely necessary for the country as well in order to prevent their further spread.

People from these high-risk countries must have a diagnostic coronavirus test before entering Germany. In addition, there is a quarantine obligation upon arrival in Germany.

Bavarian Prime Minister Marcus Zeder said that “the high rate of coronavirus mutations in areas close to the (German / Bavarian) border has necessitated this additional response.”

Cases of the British coronavirus mutation are on the rise in areas of Bavaria which border the Czech Republic and are now between 25% and 30%. In the case of workers who move daily from the Czech Republic to the same areas of Bavaria, the cases amount to 40-73%, according to data provided by the Christian Socialist (CSU) politician.

In order to prevent further spread, border controls will begin from Saturday night to Sunday night. Entry into Bavaria (and Saxony) will only be possible with a negative coronavirus test. “There will be practical solutions for daily commuters in the border areas,” Zender said.

However, German carriers have already warned of delays in the delivery of goods due to the negative diagnostic tests required for their entry from the Czech Republic and Tyrol. That is why the “Federal Union of Freight and Logistics” called for the creation of centers for diagnostic tests at the border or to accept fast tests for truck drivers.

And the Prime Minister of the state of Saarland, Tobias Hans, did not rule out border checks with France or Luxembourg. “There is nothing left in case there are big differences in the incidence rates between us,” he told RTL and ntv.

“Keep the borders with the neighboring countries of the Netherlands and Belgium open. “It would be a fatal mistake for everyone to be locked in their national shell during the crisis,” North Rhine-Westphalia European Affairs Minister Stefan Hochhof-Pertner told the German News Agency.

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