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Government to approve safe countries for trips abroad

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The government will discuss the system defining the safe countries to which Czechs may be able to travel without limitations or from which tourists may be able to come here on Monday, Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek (Social Democrats, CSSD) told journalists today.

On Thursday, a working group finished a draft for it, Petricek said, adding that the safe countries could be Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, and Greece.

“I believe this is a step towards our being able, along with selected countries, to reopen fully the borders, to let in foreign tourists in some regions, to bolster tourism here,” Petricek said.

The system is based on the evaluation of epidemiological criteria for each country. Experts from the health, interior and foreign ministries, as well as public health officers, worked on it, he added.

The system is to be flexible and develop according to the epidemiological situation in the world, he added.

The safe countries are to reopen in mid-June. Petricek expects Slovakia, Austria, and Hungary and probably also Germany to be among them.

When it comes to tourist destinations, he mentioned Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, and perhaps Bulgaria.

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