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Czech Republic cannot bar travel to reopened countries such as Italy says Foreign Minister

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Czech citizens are still recommended to travel abroad only if urgently needed, but the state cannot bar the traveling to the countries reopening to tourists, Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek said today, reacting to Italy’s plan to open its borders in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic as of June.

Petricek (Social Democrats, CSSD) said the Czech cabinet will discuss possible changes in its relevant directives next week.

He said he could see no possibility to toughen the conditions for Czechs going to or returning from Italy.

After almost three months of anti-coronavirus restrictions, Italy is going to lift the persisting restrictions of people’s movement, reopen its borders and allow cross-border traveling as of Wednesday, June 3, based on the government decree PM Giuseppe Conte signed last night.

From June 3 on, Italy can be freely visited by people from the Schengen area countries, including Czechs, who will no longer be subject to compulsory two-week quarantine, Italian newspaper La Stampa has written.

Czechs have been able to travel abroad, under certain conditions, since April 24 when the ban on the free movement of people was softened.

“When it comes to people returning to Czechia, they are bound to submit a negative test for coronavirus. Since we have no common border with Italy, I can even see no possibility how to toughen the conditions for those returning from that country,” Petricek said.

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