Berlin (dpa) – The border controls at the crossings to the Czech Republic and the Austrian state of Tyrol will be extended until March 3. As a spokesman for the Federal Ministry of the Interior confirmed on Tuesday, the bans and rules for entry from there that have been in force since February 14 are to be retained unchanged.
The federal government had declared the Czech Republic, Slovakia and large parts of Tyrol in Austria to be so-called virus variant areas. From there, only Germans and foreigners with a residence and residence permit in Germany are currently allowed to enter.
The rules were initially introduced for ten days.
The Federal Police control compliance with the stricter entry regulations at these border sections “flexibly in terms of location and time with a clear focus on international or supraregional traffic connections in order to ensure the most complete control of cross-border traffic”, said the Federal Police Headquarters in Potsdam.
The number of people who are turned away at the borders has decreased, according to the information in the past few days, “because the travelers are increasingly behaving in accordance with the rules due to the controls.”
Several of the requirements are disproportionate or unfounded, according to a letter of complaint from the EU Commission to the German EU ambassador Michael Clauss in Brussels. “We believe that Germany’s understandable goal – the protection of public health in a pandemic – could be achieved through less restrictive measures,” the commission continued.
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