Slovakia to ease border restrictions from September 20


Slovak authorities have announced that from today, September 20, the border regime will be relaxed and only members of the police will carry out checks, the country’s interior ministry said.

The same ministry specified that internal border controls, imposed in order to stop the rapid spread of the coronavirus and its new strains, in particular the Delta variant, would also be relaxed; However, travelers from other countries who are forced to follow entry rules such as quarantine requirements will be forced to continue to do so, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

Either way, travelers who have been fully vaccinated and can prove their vaccination status by showing valid evidence are allowed to enter Slovakia without being subject to entry restrictions.

Yet Slovak authorities have previously announced that all people who have not fully completed their vaccination process should undergo a mandatory five-day quarantine rule upon arrival.

Due to the current coronavirus situation, the Slovak authorities have classified other countries into different categories, taking into account their epidemiological situation, imposing additional requirements on travelers who plan to enter the territory of Central Europe from from countries that have recently been deeply affected by the virus.

In this regard, the Slovak Ministry of Interior clarified that the risk of some districts regarding the COVID-19 situation will be assessed in a new way.

“We should give less weight to those infected among children under the age of 18. This follows the third update of the Covid Vending Machine, which was approved by the government on Thursday September 16, 2021 ”, the statement reads.

The health ministry stressed that the new calculation methodology should focus more on other factors that lead to the increase in the number of COVID-19 infections.

On August 16, Slovak authorities approved further changes to the coronavirus alert system which also takes into account the district’s vaccination rate.

The system, which consists of the following groups: green, orange, red, dark red and black, also takes into account the vaccination rate of people aged 50 and over, among others, that is, if more than 65% of people aged 50 and over are vaccinated in a specific district, it will be included in a category in which less stringent preventive measures are applied.

Based on data provided by the World Health Organization, Slovakia has reported a total of 902 cases of COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours and three deaths. The same source reveals that since the start of the pandemic, more than 401,250 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Slovakia, while a total of 12,569 have died.

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