Portugal/Spain border to reopen

Border reopens on June 22

Spainish/Portuguese border

The Portugal News reports that Spain will lift restrictions on the entry of people across the borders with Portugal and Spain from June 22. This was announced by the Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto today.

“In the case of France and Portugal, I want to confirm that as of 22 June, restricitions on land mobility will be eliminated,” said Maroto, in a conference with the international press, adding that “in principle, the quarantines will be eliminated”.

The Spanish Government thus brings forward the date of opening the borders by one week, after having previously announced on 25 May that it would only lift restrictions on the movement of foreign tourist on 1 July.

Reuters report that Spains frontiers with France and Portugal have been shut to everyone but Spaniards, cross-border workers and truck drivers since a mid-March lockdown to curb what was then one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks.

But with its rate of deaths and infections sharply down, Spain is among nations trying to gradually restore freedom of movement in Europe’s usually border-free Schengen area.

“This is very important because it will allow us to recover some tourists … on land routes”, Spain’s Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said in the world’s second most visited nation where the sector accounts for about 12% of the economy.

Maroto said Spain would probably exempt arrivals by land from France and Portugal from a 14-day quarantine obligation currently in place, but added that was yet to be approved.

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