From tomorrow, borders between the Czech Republic and Slovakia will be open to travel of up to two days without the requirement to provide a negative COVID-19 test, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has announced.
“I have spoken with Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic and we have agreed that from Wednesday, May 27, we will allow Czech and Slovak citizens to travel between our states if they return within 48 hours,” Babiš tweeted last night.
“It will be possible without tests and without quarantine. [The borders] should be overseen by Slovak police officers.”
Teď jsem mluvil se slovenským premiérem Igorem Matovičem a dohodli jsme se, že od středy 27.5. umožníme českým a slovenským občanům cestovat mezi našimi státy, pokud se vrátí zpět do 48 hodin. Bude to možné bez testů a bez karantény. Kontrolovat by to měli slovenští policisté.
— Andrej Babiš (@AndrejBabis) May 25, 2020
For the past two months under anti-coronavirus measures, travel between the Czech Republic and Slovakia has been possible only under certain circumstances, and with the requirement to provide a negative COVID-19 test no older than four days.
Also Monday, the government announced that it would be easing measures at other borders.
From today, all crossings between the Czech Republic and Germany and Austria will be opened, and police will only conduct spot-checks on passing vehicles. A requirement to produce a negative COVID-19 test if stopped is still in effect, however.
Previously, only a small number of crossings between the countries had been opened, and all vehicles were subject to checks, resulting in some long queues at the borders.
The Czech cabinet also announced that from today, EU citizens would be allowed to travel to the Czech Republic for up to 72 hours for the purposes of work, family reunification, or study, as long as they have a negative test for COVID-19.
For more information about traveling to and from the Czech Republic over the next few months, see our Czech summer travel FAQ.