The German authorities have decided to abolish internal border checks for the Czech Republic. The decision was taken two months after Germany imposed such restrictions on arrivals from the Czech Republic in order to halt the further spread of the COVID-19.

The internal border controls against the Czech Republic were introduced on February 14 and repeatedly extended until April 14.

Commenting on the new decision, the German Minister of Interior Horst Seehofer said that internal border controls in the heart of Europe should only be used at times of emergencies.

“In view of the lower number of infections in the Czech Republic, we can end the border controls and switch to an intensified veil search to enforce the entry regulations,” he added.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained that from November 2, 2020, until at least April 18, 2021, based on a resolution by the federal and state governments, different accommodation places will only provide overnight stays for essential trips.

Therefore tourist accommodation offers are no longer permitted in the country, and it will only be possible to issue a tourist visa for essential purposes only.

Additionally, as of March 30, Germany imposed compulsory testing for all persons arriving in the country through air travel, with only a few exceptions that include persons under six and crewmembers of aircraft.

The country has also announced the requirements for two different Coronavirus risk areas.

Risk areas: all persons returning to Germany after staying ten days or more in a country with a COVID-19 risk area are obliged to self-isolate for ten days as soon as they enter the country. They must also register on the digital entry form and provide proof of registration when entering Germany. All persons coming from a country listed in this area are allowed to leave their self-isolation, provided that they test negative after the fifth day.

High-risk areas: all persons returning to Germany from a high-risk area where COVID-19 variants are widely spread are subject to more stringent rules. Anyone who has stayed for ten days in one of the high-risk countries must provide a negative Coronavirus test not older than 48 hours to the carrier before departure and self-isolate for ten days.

The list of countries where COVID-19 variants are widely spread against which Germany has imposed strict rules includes Botswana, Brazil, Swaziland, France, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.

In contrast, according to a joint analysis by the Ministry of Health, the Foreign Office, and the Ministry of Interior, Finland and Israel are now considered low-risk areas.