Seehofer relaxes border controls

Seehofer relaxes border controls

The controls at the german border, introduced because of the corona pandemic, are to be gradually relaxed from this saturday onwards.

However, the people of bundesburg should continue to refrain from tourist trips abroad in the coming weeks. German interior minister horst seehofer (CSU) recommended to the federal states on wednesday to lift the current rule that even those who enter from a neighboring european country have to stay in quarantine for two weeks.

According to his ministry, the controls at the border with luxembourg will be terminated next saturday night. At the german-danish border, germany is also ready to stop the controls "as soon as the danish government has completed its ongoing consultations with their respective neighboring states," it hailed.

On the other hand, at the borders with france, austria and switzerland, the controls are to be continued until 15 september. June to be continued. No change in strict rules for air travel from italy and spain for the time being.

According to the ministry of the interior, the easing of border controls is a consequence of the positive development in the incidence of infection. However, if the number of new infections in neighboring regions rises sharply, more intensive controls will be carried out again. The guideline value of more than 50 new infections per 100 infected persons in germany is a good starting point.000 inhabitants in seven days.

The 14-day quarantine imposed by the federal states on anyone coming to germany should in future, according to the ministry, apply only to people who have previously stayed in third countries. For example, this no longer applies to germans entering from france or the netherlands. The decision on the quarantine, however, lies with the countries.

In the past few days, seehofer had discussed the details of a gradual return from stationary controls to normal border surveillance in the 30-kilometer range with his colleagues in the neighboring states and with the minister presidents of the border states.

Checks at the borders with luxembourg, denmark, france, austria and switzerland were carried out on 16. The controls were introduced in march in order to contain the incidence of infection in germany. Since then, only those who can claim a valid reason for entry – such as commuters, members of the medical profession or EU citizens on their way to their home country – have been allowed to enter the country. The care of relatives and other family-related reasons could also be partially claimed.

According to the ministry of the interior, further facilitations are now planned for travel for "family and personal reasons". School buses, for example, will no longer be checked. Partners who are not married should be allowed to enter the country. The rule that only those with a valid reason are allowed to enter the country should, however, remain in place for the time being.

Seehofer said that in the future all crossings at the borders with france, austria and switzerland could be used again. Instead of systematic controls, there will only be "spot checks". Both are particularly important for commuters, who have often had to put up with traffic jams and detours in recent weeks.

Until the age of 14. June there is currently still a worldwide travel warning issued by the foreign office. According to this, germans should generally refrain from vacation trips abroad.

"It is european to work together to fight a dangerous virus. It is not european to shirk joint responsibility for inconvenient measures," seehofer said. He had come under pressure in the past few days following calls from the federal states near the border and from the opposition for an end to the controls.

The green politician franziska brantner called for "concepts for local lockdowns in order to react in a targeted manner when the number of infections rises again locally". Otherwise, the temptation is great to keep pushing the limits, said federal member of parliament. "The decline in the number of infections in germany and in neighboring countries allows and requires the relaxation decided today," said mathias middelberg, spokesman on domestic policy for the union faction.

FDP interior politician konstantin kuhle, demanded: "agreements must also be reached quickly with poland and the czech republic so that the border regions there can also benefit from the relaxation of border controls."


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