PM: No travel restrictions between the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovakia

The Czech Republic, Austria and Slovakia are not planning any mutual travel restrictions in light of the current COVID-19 coronavirus situation, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said in Vienna on Wednesday, highlighting that this was apparently assured by his counterparts. Babiš, the Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovič had previously met for deliberations in the so-called Austerlitz format, a loose cooperation gathering between the three states that was launched in 2015.

According to Slovak Prime Minister Matovič, the three states want to do everything possible to keep the borders open until the last moment. His Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz said that the number of coronavirus cases is increasing again in Austria and that the situation is therefore difficult, especially in view of the high number of commuters with the Czech Republic.