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06/04/2020 | 6:46 pm | Update The Czech Republic wants to open the border earlier than planned

The Czech Republic opens its border to citizens from Germany, Austria and Hungary earlier than planned - probably as early as Saturday. Prime Minister Andrej Babis told the CTK agency on Thursday. He had called the cabinet for a special session in Prague on Friday morning to make a formal decision. Originally, the easing was not due to come into effect until June 15.

With the freedom to travel, economic and social coexistence on both sides of the green border will normalize again.

Roland W├Âller Saxony's Minister of the Interior

No test and no quarantine

For citizens of the three neighboring countries, neither a negative corona test nor a 14-day quarantine are then required. In mid-March, the Czech cabinet imposed an extensive entry ban for foreigners. The reason given was the corona pandemic. A new traffic light model is now being introduced that divides countries according to epidemiological criteria.

Germans are the largest group of holidaymakers in the Czech Republic

Last year, Germans made up the largest group of foreign tourists in the Czech Republic with more than two million overnight guests. In the border regions, many traders also benefit from shopping tourists who buy cheap cigarettes and spirits.

At the end of April, President Milos Zeman called for the borders of the Czech Republic to be kept closed for a year. As of Thursday, 9,441 confirmed corona infections were reported in the Czech Republic. 324 people died in connection with the viral disease.