Steps forward for the reopening of the borders


The German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, after the talks held today with representatives of the Governments of Switzerland and the other eight neighboring countries, indicated that the goal of removing the travel alert from 15 June onwards “has approached a little'”. Already last Monday discussions had been held in this area with a focus on tourism.

Maas’ declarations came at the end of the video conference with the counterparts of the nine neighboring states: in addition to the Confederation also Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and Holland.

“We need double security: firstly the security that our citizens can return to Germany without restrictions, secondly that we will not pay for summer tourism with a new wave of infections,” said Maas.

The border between Germany and Luxembourg was the first to totally reopen. Denmark will follow in the next few days, while border controls with France, Switzerland and Austria should be lifted on 15 June. No details were provided as to Poland and the Czech Republic.

No additional controls have been imposed for the pandemic on the border with Belgium and Holland even though the 30 km border area has been carefully monitored.

Two days ago Maas had contacts with colleagues in the countries favored by German citizens as a destination for their holidays, Spain, Italy, Austria, Greece, Croatia, Portugal, Malta, Slovenia, Cyprus and Bulgaria.

For its part, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) reminds that to limit the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) the German government has introduced restrictive entry measures and only people with German nationality and / or residence in Germany can enter from Switzerland. All the others must demonstrate a valid reason, both for professional (for example commuters) and family reasons. Swiss citizens can return to Switzerland from a third country via Germany, provided that there are no travel alternatives.

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