Drivers who do not have a covid test must drive across the crossing in the right lane where the queue is. Those who have it from the interior can drive in the left, looser lane, where smaller columns form only at German police checks.
In Folmava and Všeruby, border crossings in Domažlice, the passage of vehicles is smooth. There are no test stands and drivers come with inland tests. From the morning, the border crossings with Germany in the Ústí nad Labem region are also quiet. The traffic is smooth, the columns are not forming, Veronika Hyšplerová, a spokeswoman for the regional police, told ČTK.
Police officers recommend drivers of passenger cars to use border crossings other than Rozvadov, or to have a certificate of a negative test from the interior before the trip. Everyone who crosses the border must have it in German or English, not older than 48 hours. Digital registration is also required when entering Germany.
Since Sunday, there has been a test station of the Rescue Service of the Samaritans of the Czech Republic, Prague-West, at the motorway border crossing in Rozvadov. On Tuesday evening, a second one was added, provided by regional firefighters.
“We have already transported three containers and three power plants to the site in two days,” said firefighter spokesman Petr Poncar. One container is used by firefighters, the other by Samaritans, and in the third by firefighters dispensing tea. The queue of applicants is permanently 350 to 400 drivers. The police are deserting them gradually.
“Yesterday (Tuesday) we did 573 people at the sampling point at the motorway crossing and 172 tests at the old Rozvadov crossing. And today at 08:00 we were at 500 tests again,” said the sampling team coordinator Stanislav Částečka from the Samaritan Association. Drivers can go to the station in the old Rozvadov after prior reservation between 06:00 and 14:00, so far it should be open until Saturday.
The village of Rozvadov is flooded with trucks, and unordered drivers also drive. Non-stop station on the highway is without reservation, but organizing a queue there is problematic. About 98 percent of truck drivers are foreigners, many from Southeast Europe. According to information from ČTK from a Czech truck driver, the test is expected to take up to 20 hours there.
“Our team made over 380 samples from yesterday’s (Tuesday) 20:00 to today’s 05:00, and another 60 from 05:00 to 07:00. The pace has one sample in two minutes,” said Poncar. In addition to Rozvadov, firefighters provide collection in Tachov, Domažlice, Stoda and today also for the regional hygiene station. On Tuesday, a private company was to start picking up at the station on the Rozvadov highway, but according to Poncar, it has not yet arrived. “We hope to be replaced today,” Poncar said. According to Částečka, firefighters will be there at least until 20:00.
Germany considers the Czech Republic to be an area with a high incidence of coronavirus mutations, so it has resumed permanent border controls on the border with the Czech Republic since Sunday. Only German citizens and foreigners residing in Germany can cross the border with a negative test. They must be quarantined upon arrival. Exceptions are freight carriers and some commuters.
Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.
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