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COVID Closed borders

domigee

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2020? Looks like.... nowhere! 😁
Not sure if it’s the right place to post...
Heard tonight that French borders would remain closed to non-European countries until further notice... Confinement measures will ease up after the 11th May but cafés, restaurants etc will remain closed.
 

domigee

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2020? Looks like.... nowhere! 😁
I listened to his speech and he didn’t mention any date... (I hope I haven’t missed it, will check in the papers).


20 h 24 Les frontières fermées jusqu'à nouvel ordre avec les pays non européens
Emmanuel Macron a annoncé lundi soir que les frontières avec les pays non européens resteront fermées jusqu'à nouvel ordre.

That is what I heard: until further notice....

The only date mentioned was 11th May, when strict confinement will ease up progressively, for instance, schools and nursery schools will re-open but not universities, hotels, restaurants, cafés, concerts etc
 
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SabineP

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I listened to his speech and he didn’t mention any date... (I hope I haven’t missed it, will check in the papers).


20 h 24 Les frontières fermées jusqu'à nouvel ordre avec les pays non européens
Emmanuel Macron a annoncé lundi soir que les frontières avec les pays non européens resteront fermées jusqu'à nouvel ordre.

That is what I heard: until further notice....

The only date mentioned was 11th May, when strict confinement will ease up progressively, for instance, schools and nursery schools will re-open but not universities, etc


Of course the message he has to bring is very hard but what a wonderful choice of words he uses! And the dignity that comes with it.
 

Kathar1na

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What is certain is the fact that, a few days ago, the European Commission invited the EU+ countries to prolong the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU until 15 May. The Commission wishes to see a coordinated approach by the Schengen countries plus the rest but they have no powers to impose it. It is up to every individual country to decide and I don't know whether they've decided on a common approach. So, in short, Macron can decide for France but not for the other 25+4 countries (number 27, Ireland, is in a separate category from the rest).

The current travel ban for the external borders (Schengen et al) is valid until 16 April or so.

More here: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_616
 
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domigee

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2020? Looks like.... nowhere! 😁
What is certain is the fact that, a few days ago, the European Commission invited the EU+ countries to prolong the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU until 15 May. The Commission wishes to see a coordinated approach by the Schengen countries plus the rest but they have no powers to impose it. It is up to every individual country to decide and I don't know whether they've decided on a common approach. So, in short, Macron can decide for France but not for the other 26+4 countries. The current travel ban for the external (Schengen et al) borders is valid until 26 April or so.

More here: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_616
Yes, that’s why I said French borders will be closed. I didn’t mention any other countries because I haven’t got that information.
 

LesBrass

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yes...
Of course the message he has to bring is very hard but what a wonderful choice of words he uses! And the dignity that comes with it.
We said the same. We watched him and I loved how he talked about the most vulnerable people and how we need to grow from this and strive for something better. Gosh it all seems so surreal. It's all very sad and I am counting my blessings for all the good things I have. We've taken so much for granted up to now.
 
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I heard an Australia radio news broadcast - i thought it applied to ALL of the EU (eg inc Portugal and Spain). Anyone able to clarify?? Thanks
 

Roland49

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I think bordering countries like Spain, maybe The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany will follow.
So it will be most of central / western Europe with closed borders. The Home Office of Germany maybe will implement end of this week a further travel-ban. But that's not for sure. We will see.
 

Delphinoula

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And if you can enter those countries be sure of the quarantine measurements coming in and returning home. And not only that but most accommodation are closed even if you ave a second home there. So unless you are a migrant worker with the purpose to work or a truck driver bringing goods traveling now is as difficult as it was 150 years ago.
 
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Kathar1na

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Yes, that’s why I said French borders will be closed. I didn’t mention any other countries because I haven’t got that information.
I obviously had replied to a question in the thread concerning the headline "Macron Warns EU External Borders May Remain Closed Until September Due to COVID-19". The situation at the various external borders (country) and internal borders (between two EU countries or even between regions within a country) is quite varied if not to say confusing. For example, nationals of a country and legal residents may return home as a rule but in some countries they now have to go into a 14 days quarantine, no matter where they have been.

And since the title of the thread says just "closed borders" I hope it will be ok to link to an article in a Spanish newspaper as I got curious about what it's like in say Valcarlos/Arneguy, see here. And I am intrigued by the red crosses and the green ok signs. It's April. Well, they are perhaps not "ok" signs and just "not currently blocked for traffic" signs. ☺

Screenshot 2020-04-15 at 11.56.20.png
 
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Kathar1na

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Border Switzerland-France, with official sign saying "temporary closure" and graffiti appealing to everyone to stay at home and show solidarity:

CH-F.jpg
 

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