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Austria, Germany to reopen border mid-June



AUSTRIA and Germany plan to open their border in mid-June after it was closed for two months in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The information was disclosed by Austrian government in Vienna today.

According to Austrian Tourism Minister, Elisabeth Koestinge, the border between Germany and Austria will be possibly re-opened from June 15.

She further explained that restrictions on crossing the border will begin to be eased from May 15, enabling business trips and family visits to take place, adding that  German and Austrian Chancellors, Angela Merkel and Sebastian Kurz spoke yesterday and “agreed on a gradual opening” of the border.

Both nations consider they have the virus under control and were among the first in Europe to start lifting the will examine a progressive lifting of restrictions on freedom of movement to and from other border countries including Switzerland, Liechtenstein and eastern nations. Germany has a warning in force until mid-June against taking foreign holidays.

With the tourism sector reeling, the European Commission was Wednesday set to urge EU countries to gradually reopen shuttered internal borders and to treat each member state according to the same criteria.

This would mean that if Austria opens its border with Germany, it must also open the border with the Czech Republic if that country is in a comparable health situation to Germany.

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