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Traveling to Hungary and Slovakia and back won’t require COVID-19 tests

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Czechs, Hungarians, and Slovaks will be able to travel among the three countries without the need to present the COVID-19 negative tests as of Wednesday if they return to their countries within 48 hours, Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek (Social Democrats, CSSD) told CTK today.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis, too, mentioned this on Twitter. On Monday, Babis agreed on the new rules with his Slovak counterpart Igor Matovic.

Czech and Hungarian citizens who will visit Slovakia under these loosened rules will have to prove to the Slovak police on their departure from the country that they did not spend more than 48 hours there, according to the rules that the Slovak chief public health officer issued today.

Petricek was negotiating with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg about the possible introduction of similar rules also on the Czech-Austrian border. “In the case of Austria, we are ready to do so at the same moment as with Slovakia. However, we are waiting for the reaction of the Austrian side,” Petricek said this morning.

“Austria takes a reserved stance on it,” he wrote in the evening. He said the whole Austrian government was discussing the issue today.

Petricek said the loosened border regime with Slovakia and Hungary was a step towards full opening of the border.

“Today, we are still dealing with some details with the Slovak side, including the checks of the deadline. On our side, there will be only random checks as of Monday. This should also be valid in this case,” he said.

On Monday, Health Minister Adam Vojtech (for ANO) said the government was working on the overall relaxation of travel rules. Foreign countries will be divided into risk and non-risk ones.

The Czech Republic might drop the COVID-19 test requirement for the people to return from the non-risk countries.

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