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Friday, 22 May, 2020, 11 : 10 AM [IST]

Swiss to re-open borders with Germany, France & Austria by June 15

Switzerland is planning to re-open its borders with Germany, France and Austria as part of a gradual loosening of restrictions over the coronavirus pandemic imposed in March, reports Swiss  Info.

Justice Minister Karin Keller-Sutter said the four countries had agreed in principle  on the coordinated re-introduction of the free movement of people by June 15.

"Discussions with my counterparts have shown a common intention to go back to normality, also at the borders, provided the epidemiological situation allows us to do so," she told a news conference on Wednesday.

"Tourism can resume between the three countries from mid-June, provided the conditions are right," she confirmed. 

Certain restrictions could be eased beforehand, possibly already this weekend, according to Keller-Sutter.

She said talks were underway to define the details of preliminary measures, notably for family reasons or property owners.

The announcement follows similar statements by the German and Austrian governments.

However, the resumption of international railway links, student exchange programmes or cross-border shopping trips would have to wait for the next phase in the Swiss government's Covid-19 exit strategy to be decided at the end of this month.
Migration restrictions between Switzerland and Austria have already been eased in the past few weeks. (Source: Swiss  Info)

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