Switzerland aims for full reopening of its borders with Germany, Austria and France


On May 13, 2020, Karin Keller-Sutter, chief of police and justice of Switzerland, declared that Switzerland intends to completely reopen the borders between Germany, Austria and France on June 15, 2020.

 Coronavirus: Switzerland aims for completely reopened borders with Germany, Austria and France
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After discussions with her counterparts in the three countries, she said there was a common desire to return to normal as quickly as possible, including freedom to travel, if epidemiological development permits.

In addition, she said they would like to ease entry restrictions for target groups, such as unmarried couples, much sooner.

Currently, movements in Switzerland are limited. Only Swiss citizens, holders of a residence permit, cross-border workers, people transporting goods and people in transit are allowed to enter. People can also enter for emergency reasons. Similar restrictions apply to entry into other countries from Switzerland.

Keller-Sutter stressed that the gradual relaxation of restrictions is a complex issue. The gradual relaxation of entry restrictions requires close coordination with other countries, and Switzerland does not want unilateral openings.

Keller-Sutter is delighted to have been able to communicate with his French, German and Austrian counterparts on these common objectives and hopes that the epidemiological situation of June 15 will allow the borders to be reopened. Regarding Italy, she said her department is in contact with their counterparts there, however, the situation in Italy is still different from the situation in Germany, Austria and France. Freedom of travel is still severely restricted in Italy.

The Federal Council will make its final decision on the lifting of border restrictions on May 27, 2020, said the chief of police and justice.

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