EU proposes members reopen external borders from July 1

Issued on: 10/06/2020 – 14:09Modified: 10/06/2020 – 14:09

The European Commission will recommend EU member states begin to reopen their external frontiers to travellers from outside the bloc from July 1, diplomatic chief Josep Borrell said Wednesday.


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The decision on easing restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus rests with national capitals, but Borrell said Brussels would suggest "a gradual and partial lifting" of the ban.

EU member states have begun to ease temporary restrictions on non-essential crossing of the borders within the bloc, with a goal of June 15 for restoring free travel.

At the weekend, the interior ministers of the 27 member states agreed to coordinate a gradual reopening to travellers from outside the Schengen area, Britain and the EU.

EU foreign affairs chief @JosepBorrellF has just announced that there will be a "gradual and partial" lifting of the EU's external borders starting 1 July.

Right now only EU citizens can enter. No detail yet on who else could enter come July.

But probably not Americans, I hear. More – Source

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