Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia to open borders in June

The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria could open their mutual borders as soon as 8 June, allowing residents of the three countries to travel between them, Czech PM Andrej Babis said cited by news wires. In his words the neighbours are thinking about how to open their borders at the start of the summer tourist season after making similar progress in controlling the coronavirus pandemic.

"I think it could somehow work out that in June, our three countries would open together," Babis said in online interview at news website. The three are among at least 17 members of the Schengen area, where borders are normally invisible between. Babis said negotiations were not currently underway with Germany because the coronavirus situation there was not as stable as in its other neighbours.

The EU pushed on Wednesday for a safe reopening of borders, while insisting on protective measures such as masks on planes, to try to salvage the lucrative summer season for the ravaged tourism sector as coronavirus infections recede.

The Czech Republic, which had reported 8,223 cases of coronavirus as of Wednesday morning with 284 deaths, has eased restrictions in recent weeks to allow travel across the border under certain conditions. This includes EU business travellers and students as well as some non-EU citizens for seasonal and healthcare work.

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