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Germany, Austria and Switzerland have decided to relax border controls and permit entry for more categories of each other’s citizens, due to the improvement of the situation related to the Coronavirus, and the sharp decline in the number of infections.

As of Saturday, last weekend, people who want to visit their life partners or relatives or who want to take part in important family events and owners of self-used properties and allotments, as well as agricultural, hunting or forest areas, that hold German, Austrian or Swiss citizenship can travel between the three countries, Germany-Visa.org reports.

According to a press release of the German Interior Ministry, mutual entry at the borders between Germany, Austria and Switzerland will be possible again from Saturday for people, from which will also benefit people who have to look after animals may also enter the country.

Thanks to the positive development of the pandemic situation in connection with the Coronavirus and the sharp decline in the number of infections, Germany, Austria and Switzerland can relax the current entry restrictions for unmarried persons who live in a cross-border relationship. This easing at the country’s borders will take effect at midnight on Friday night, May 15, to Saturday, May 16, 2020,” the press release reads.

It also explains that the decision has been taken between the German Ministry of the Interior, Construction and Home Affairs, the Swiss Federal Department of Justice and the Federal Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Austria.

The following categories will benefit from relaxed borders:

  • people who visit relatives or want to take part in an important family, which includes, partner, spouse, children
  • people who have to maintain or use property, allotment garden or an agricultural, hunting or forest area in the neighbouring country or care for animals.

For the time being, entry to Austria for maintenance, maintenance or use of real estate requires a primary or secondary residence in Austria. Property owners must still have a medical certificate with a negative SARS-CoV-2 test that is not older than four days when entering Austria,” the Ministry of Interior explains.

Besides, those who want to make use of these benefits will need to fill out a self-declaration which can be downloaded and printed out from the Federal Police website and present it at a checkpoint at the border crossing.

So far, all the other entry restrictions will remain in effect.

On May 13, Germany announced that it is planning to open all of its internal borders by June 15, after discussion with the neighbouring countries and the federal states concerned.

Border controls with Luxembourg were abolished last Friday, while those with France, Austria and Switzerland, and the airside borders with Italy and Spain are set to expire on June 15, 2020.

On the other hand, border controls with Denmark will be removed on a date agreed together with the Danish authorities.