Slovakia reopens borders for 16 more European countries

Slovakia will allow free travel to and from 16 more European countries from 10 June, PM Igor Matovic announced on Tuesday. There will be no restrictions on visitors from Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. Slovakia last week reopened borders with neighbours Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary.

The Slovak government had imposed relatively strict restrictions including border closures before it reported any coronavirus cases, and has moved cautiously in reopening.

Matovic also said that compulsory quarantine upon arrival from abroad will be dropped for countries on the safe list, and people will not have to activate "smart quarantine" on their mobile devices. Slovaks returning from countries outside the safe list should still quarantine themselves and take a coronavirus test.

The government will also relax the obligation to wear face masks, which will be required only indoors from Wednesday, Matovic said.

The country of 5.5 million people has recorded 1,531 coronavirus cases and 28 deaths.

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