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04 juin 2020 | 03h23 UTC

Slovakia: Government reopens mutual border with Czech Republic June 3 /update 8

Slovakia Alerte de sécurité

Slovakia reopens mutual border with the Czech Republic on June 3; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/6/2020, 12h00 until 4/7/2020, 11h59 (Europe/Bratislava). COUNTRY/REGION Solvakia

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Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic announced on Wednesday, June 3, that free movement between Slovakia and the Czech Republic would be restored as of midnight (local time). The announcement comes as both countries start easing travel restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Authorities in Slovakia began easing COVID-19 restrictions on April 22 when small shops, sporting grounds, outdoor marketplaces, and restaurants providing takeaway services were allowed to reopen. The second phase of loosening of restrictions began on May 6 and included the reopening of hairdressers and taxi services. Religious services and weddings with a limited number of guests have been allowed.

As of Thursday, June 4, authorities have confirmed 1525 cases of COVID-19 in the country and 28 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly, and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider.


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