Germany will begin to relax some of the border controls introduced to slow the spread of the coronavirus starting on Saturday with the aim of free travel to Europe from June 15, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said.
Seehofer said that the general border controls agreed with France, Switzerland and Austria, which were due to end on May 15, would be extended until June 16, but that the largest number of crossings would be reopened.
“The goal is that from mid-June we want to travel for free in Europe,” he said, adding that controls could be re-imposed in the event of further outbreaks.
The Vienna government has also announced that Austria and Germany plans to open border in mid-June after it closed for two months in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
“From June 15, the border between Germany and Austria will be opened,” said Tourism Minister Elisabeth Koestinger on state radio O1.
Restrictions on crossing the border will start to be relaxed from May 15, business trips and family visits is taking place, she added.
German and Austrian Chancellors Angela Merkel and Sebastian Kurz spoke on Tuesday and “agreed to a gradual opening” of the border, “said the minister.
The two countries consider that they have the virus under control and were among the first in Europe to start lifting the measures taken to stop the spread of the pandemic.