Austria, Germany and Switzerland Relax Travel Restrictions for Each Other’s Citizens

Austria, Germany and Switzerland Relax Travel Restrictions for Each Other’s Citizens

Schengen internal border controls

The national borders between Austria, Germany and Switzerland have been on Saturday for the citizens of the three who want to visit their partner, relatives, or to take part in important family events, as well as to owners of agricultural, hunting or forest areas.

The decision has been taken the Federal Department of Justice and Police, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federal Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Austria, after the positive development of the pandemic situation in connection with the Coronavirus and the sharp decline in the number of infections, reports.

In a press release issued on Friday, the Swiss Federal Council lists the categories who will benefit from the border relaxation.

The borders between Switzerland, Germany and Austria are to open again for unmarried couples in long-term cross-border relationships, and for those wishing to visit relatives or attend important family events. Restrictions will also be lifted for people who own a property for personal use, tend allotments, or maintain agricultural or hunting land or woodland. People needing to take care of animals may also cross the border,” the press release notes.

At the same time, the Interior Ministry of Austria clarifies that anyone wishing to make use of one of these exceptions must be able to demonstrate these reasons, pointing out that incorrect information or misuse can be punished according to the respective national regulations.

All other entry restrictions will remain in effect for the time being. Of course, the requirements and recommendations of the respective state for the protection of health apply to the people entering the country during their stay,” the Austrian Interior Ministry highlights in a notice published in its official website.

Whereas, the German Interior Ministry notes that those who want to make use of one of these easing measures, have to fill out a self-declaration and present it at a checkpoint at the border crossing. The form can be downloaded and printed out from the Federal Police website.

The move comes only a few days after the Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer has decided to gradually start easing the measures imposed at the German borders amid the Coronavirus outbreak, in March and later on this year.

Among others, the Minister had decided to extend the border controls with France, Austria and Switzerland, and airside borders with Italy and Spain until June 15, 2020.

Border checks at the borders with Luxembourg will end on May 15, while the government is also ready to remove border controls with Denmark on a date that will be decided by both countries.

At the same time, Switzerland has also come to agree with Germany, Austria and France to reopen their common borders by the same date, June 15, if the epidemiological situation allows.

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