Czech Republic opens border for vaccinated tourists

Cars and trucks from the Czech Republic stand one behind the other at a rest area on highway 17 during border controls by the German Federal Police in Bad Gottleuba, Germany, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. Germany has implemented tighter border controls on its frontiers with the Czech Republic and Austria’s Tyrol province in an effort to stem the spread of more contagious coronavirus variants.

The Czech Republic will allow citizens from its neighboring and some other European Union countries who were vaccinated to travel freely on its territory, starting in mid-May.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis says such a deal also for the Czechs has been negotiated with Austria, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary. Other countries, such are Croatia and Bulgaria should follow.

The only condition will be that people travel at least two weeks after they received the second shot of a coronavirus vaccine.

The announcement Thursday comes as EU nations are talking about introducing COVID-19 certificates aimed at facilitating travel across the region this summer.

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