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Slovakia Imposes Strict Internal & External Border Controls Due to COVID Delta Variant

The Slovak authorities have decided to adopt new measures to combat the epidemic by carrying out checks at the internal and external borders.

Such measures aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID Delta variant come into effect from today, July 5, and include extensive and stringent controls for people entering Slovak territory through internal and external borders, including air travel.

In a press release from the Slovak Interior Ministry, it was noted that border controls will also be carried out on selected trains. In addition, internal borders will be closed at some small checkpoints with less traffic, reports.

To facilitate the travel process and to ensure the smooth flow of traffic, police authorities recommend that all arrivals prepare the necessary documents, including certificates or digital entry permits, before arriving at checkpoints.

“The police force is ready to scan the EU digital COVID cards via portable reading devices. The police force will conduct internal border checks with the support of members of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic and, if necessary, also with the support of the Finance Department, said the ministry’s statement.

At the same time, the same ministry announced that from July 9, the country will not impose restrictions based on the COVID-19 risk for the country from which travelers are entering, but instead will focus on whether or not travelers have been vaccinated.

“From July 9, 2021, a new traffic light begins to be applied. It responds to the delta-variable spread of the Corona virus and makes changes in travel. Countries from which you entered the territory of the Slovak Republic will not be divided into degrees of risk. The difference will be whether the next person has been Vaccinate him or not,” the ministry indicated.

All people entering Slovak territory from July 9 are required to register online before entering the country and remain in self-isolation for 14 days, without the possibility of ending the quarantine earlier. However, these rules do not apply to the following groups of people:

Children under 12 who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 People who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons

So far, Slovakia has recorded 391,696 cases of COVID-19 and 12,513 deaths.

As of July 5, 37.6 percent of the country’s population had received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 29.5 percent had been fully immunized against the virus.

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