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Austria to open its borders to 20 countries

It has been reported by media outlets that from the 16th of June, Austria is lifting checks at its border with Italy and ending the requirement for the quarantining of travellers arriving from over 20 European countries. However, the UK is not included in the list.

On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg told a news conference, "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." 

Health Minister Rudolf Anschober cited Britain and Sweden's higher infection rates as being a factor in keeping restrictions in place. As Spain intends to keep its borders closed until the end of June, Austria could lift restrictions on visitors from that country on the 1st of July but they will remain in place for the remaining three in the meantime.

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