Germany restricts border crossings

Germany will restrict border crossings from France after classifying the Moselle department in a high-risk Covid zone, but renouncing a virtual closure as is the case with the Czech Republic and Austria.

“The French department of Moselle will be considered from March 2 at 00:00 as the area affected by the variants” of the Covid-19 virus, the highest category on the risk scale in Germany for the coronavirus, which has three, the Health Ministry said. Consequently, from that date on, persons entering German territory “must present a “negative PCR or antigen test,” added.

Paris and Berlin have yet to determine the exact age of these tests: will cross-border workers, for example, have to submit a new negative test every day or will 48 or 72 hour certificates suffice?

One thing is certain: Germany does not intend to introduce systematic customs controls on its border with the Moselle, unlike what it did in the spring of 2020 at the start of the pandemic on the French border, which had created tensions with Paris and between populations. Contrary also to what Berlin already implemented in February with the Czech Republic and Austrian Tyrol.

“The border will not be closed,” an Interior Ministry spokesman told AFP on Sunday, in particular because the German regions bordering the Moselle, Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate did not have it. Regional authorities on both sides of the border “cooperate closely” on this issue.

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