News World Austria lifting checks at Italian border and for most EU arrivals

Austria lifting checks at Italian border and for most EU arrivals


Austria is lifting checks at its border with Italy and ending quarantine requirements for more than 20 European countries as of June 16, Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said on Wednesday.

Austria draws many of its visitors from neighbouring Germany, with which it has already reopened its border, so the move will have a greater effect on Austrians, who will be able to return from summer destinations like Italy and Croatia without having to go into quarantine or show a negative test.

“We are opening Austria’s borders to all EU, EFTA (European Free Trade Association) and EEA (European Economic Area) states with four notable exceptions – those are Sweden, Great Britain, Spain and Portugal,” Schallenberg told a news conference.

President Anastasiades discusses Covid-19 response with Austrian Chancellor

He added that since Spain has said it will keep its borders closed until the end of June, the two countries could mutually lift restrictions on July 1. Restrictions on the other three will remain in place for the time being. Health Minister Rudolf Anschober cited Britain and Sweden’s higher infection rates.

Austria, which borders eight countries, last week lifted checks for all of them but Italy, infuriating Rome. This move will ease tensions with its southern neighbour but it comes with what Schallenberg called a “partial travel warning” for Lombardy, the region with Italy’s worst coronavirus outbreak.

“We very urgently warn Austrians against travel to this region,” he said, without saying what that would mean in practical terms for anyone arriving in Austria from Lombardy.


Top Stories

Committee to prepare list of animals for pet shops; reactions

For the first time in Cyprus a list will be prepared with the animals that can be sold in pet shops, however, the issue...

Medical Association on Cyprus’ epidemiological situation

The Cyprus Medical Association is once again asking the public and businesses to make sure not to violate any protocols and to dutifully respect...

15-year-old missing since 20 October (PHOTO)

Police are looking for 15-year-old Antzel Ioannou, who has been reported missing from her place of residence in Nicosia since yesterday, 20 October. Ioannou is...

Education Committee approves distance learning for educational centers

The House Education Committee today discussed draft laws regarding distance learning by private schools and afternoon educational centers. President of the Committee Kyrakos Hadjigiannis...

Joint Declaration of the 8th Cyprus – Egypt – Greece Trilateral Summit

We, Nicos Anastasiades, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt and Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...