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Montenegro Becomes Europe's First Virus-Free State and Opens Borders To 9 Countries June 1

Montenegro becomes first Europe coronavirus-free state

Montenegro, the first country to claim victory over coronavirus with no active cases, is opening its borders on June 1 to several European countries.

On Monday, the country's prime minister, Dusko Markovic, announced Montenegro's borders will be open for tourists to enter but only from countries that meet certain criteria.

To be allowed to enter Montenegro the countries must currently have no more than 25 COVID-19 patients per 100,000 people. 

“We will open the borders to the countries that have a similar epidemiological status,” Markovic said. “We will not ask for special tests, everyone will receive clear instructions on what awaits them in the country and what regulations they must respect.”

As of May 26, countries that meet the criteria are Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Albania and Greece.

Montenegro, the last European country to record its first coronavirus case over two months ago, imposed strict lockdown measures to curb the outbreak. A total of 324 cases have been recorded and nine people have died.

As summer season approaches, many countries are trying to figure out how to revive the travel industry. Greece has recently announced it expects to open its borders by July, Iceland said it will start welcoming tourists on June 15, Aruba expects to open by July.

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