Czech Government Loosens Travel Restrictions

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From Tuesday, May 26, all road and rail crossings on the borders with Austria and Germany will open, while measures preventing tourists from entering the Czech Republic remain in force.

At Monday’s meeting, the Czech government approved the proposal of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Jan Hamáček (CSSD).

Travellers must still also carry evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, and police will continue to conduct random checks, the ministry said.

Hamáček said the country had negotiated reciprocal arrangements with the German and Austrian sides.

“As part of the relaxation of conditions, checks at the borders with Germany and Austria will be random, and the police will not check every passenger,” said the ministry.

Unauthorized entry into the country can be fined up to 1 million CZK.

International airports in Brno, Ostrava, Karlovy Vary, Pardubice, and Prague-Kbely will renew flights within Schengen.

From Wednesday, May 27, it will be possible to travel between the Czech Republic and Slovakia if people return within 48 hours. “It will be possible without tests and without quarantine,” wrote Prime Minister Andrej Babiš on Twitter.

The Czech Republic reported 8,957 coronavirus cases as of Monday afternoon with 315 deaths.

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