Portugal And Spain Reopen Land Borders After Covid-19

Portugal And Spain Reopen Land Borders After Covid-19

07/07/2020 0 By M Zaman

Portugal and its neighbouring country Spain reopen their land borders after Covid-19.

Since, Covid-19 or Coronavirus related pandemic both countries had to shut their borders as a precaution.

From July 1, 2020 both countries reopened their land-borders.

As, both countries are part of the European Union. Members from other EU countries can travel freely within these countries including the UK.

Alongside, citizens from other countries can continue to travel within Spain and Portugal. As, EU lifts its travel restrictions for citizens from outside EU.

The leaders from Spain and Portugal marked the reopening of their land border, more than three months after shutting it because of the pandemic.

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Spain’s King Felipe VI and the Spanish PM, Pedro Sanchez also Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Costa met in the Portuguese town of Elvas, in an official ceremony of opening the border between the two countries.

Among, other European countries. Spain has been one of Europe’s hardest-hit countries in the pandemic, almost 298,869 cases and 28,388 deaths (as of July 7, 2020).

While, Portugal has a different scenario. The country has 44,129 infection rates and 1,620 deaths (as of July 7, 2020). One of the lowest in Europe.

Both countries share 750 miles long land border.

The Iberian peninsula countries agreed to close their border to traffic, except for trucks and local cross-border workers, on March 17, 2020. In order to prevent the Covid-19 disease and protect their citizens.

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Spain finally reopened its border for tourists from different parts of Europe including the UK.

Although, British travellers can travel in Portugal. But, within certain areas.

As, FCO advices “From 4 July, Madeira and the Azores are exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.”

It further advises, “the requirement to self-isolate on return to the UK from Portugal, including Madeira and the Azores, remains in place.” Portugal doesn’t fall within the categories of government’s newly published air corridor lists.

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