Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Central European countries imposed various restrictions that also affected cross-border travel. The foreign ministers of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia and Ukraine met in a meeting in Bratislava on Thursday.
“We have to do everything we can to start the summer vacation season. We welcome the commitment of the European Union to adopt a European solution. We would like to temporarily allow people who have been vaccinated from neighboring countries to come to the Czech Republic. We also want Czech citizens to be able to travel.” Freely to these countries. “
His Slovak counterpart Ivan Koroc said Bratislava still had to complete the technical details, such as issuing a certificate of vaccination completion. “If we are clear on these issues, then it will be possible to reach bilateral agreements,” he said. According to him, it is not yet known how Slovakia will handle the vaccination that received the vaccine, which has not been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
In Hungary, it is vaccinated with Russian product Sputnik V and vaccines from Chinese companies Sinopharm and CanSino Biologics, which are not yet recommended for use by the EMA. “We believe that bilateral or regional agreements are inevitable. This would guarantee travel for citizens. It would be great if Central Europe were the pioneers in this matter,” Hungarian Minister Peter Cigaro said.
The Greeks Starting Friday, they will no longer have to send SMS messages to a private number, to announce their year-long outings now. Starting from the same day, they will also be able to travel between regions – on mainland Greece with complete freedom, but travel to the Greek islands will require a negative test or vaccination.
Also new is the shortening of the night curfew period, which will start half an hour after midnight. Restaurants, bars and cafes, where customers are only allowed to sit outside yet, will be able to close at 12:15. However, until the end of the month, he still has to not turn on the music, which, according to government experts, forces people to approach each other to listen.
The Greek government announced that starting Friday, people will also be able to shop freely without having to pre-order goods online or arrange to visit the facility in advance. However, there is also an obligation to maintain distances and wear a headscarf in public.
Interregional travel will be free on mainland Greece from Friday. For trips to islands other than Euboea and Lefkada, either a vaccination certificate completed 14 days ago, a negative PCR test, an antigen test or a self-test not older than three days is required. He will need to register on the government website. Another option is to confirm the coronavirus disease two months in advance.
Starting this weekend, tourists traveling from abroad to Greece will require either a vaccination certificate or a negative polymerase chain reaction test for up to three days.