Spain is going to accelerate the next phase of its déconfinement. The country has decided to move on to the 21 June the re-opening of its borders. The freedom of movement with all the countries of the EU will be restored to this date. The only exception is the border with Portugal, where the controls will be lifted on July 1, announced, Sunday, the head of government Pedro Sanchez. The Spanish government, which had so far given the date of 1 July, has decided to lift "controls at the borders with all the member States [of the EU] on June 21," said Pedro Sanchez during a televised speech.
This date corresponds to the emergence in Spain of a state of alert, which has helped impose a mid-march one of the confinements the most stringent in the world, and at the end of the déconfinement careful which began in mid-may. After discussion with Portugal, the decision has, however, been taken to "maintain the controls at the land border with Portugal up to June 30, inclusive", added Pedro Sanchez. A result of this reopening of the borders, quarantine, imposed since the may 15, to travellers arriving in Spain will be lifted on 21 June, said Pedro Sanchez.
the announcement of The head of the Spanish government comes at a time when Brussels has called, Thursday, "all the member States to remove all restrictions on the internal borders Monday," June 15. The question of the reopening of the Spanish borders, has given place at the beginning of June to a cacophony within the Spanish government, the minister of Tourism has announced the end of controls at the land border on June 22, with France and Portugal, before the executive reaffirms the date of the 1st July. Portugal, a country much less affected by the pandemic, had expressed his surprise at this announcement of a unilateral.
"This is a critical time,"
even Before the borders are re-opened to european tourists, almost 11,000 Germans will be able to disembark from Monday in the archipelago of the Balearic islands in the framework of a pilot programme to restart tourism. Spain, one of the countries most bereaved by the pandemic, with over 27, 000 deaths, is the second world tourist destination and the sector weighs in at 12 % of GDP. Like the other countries of the EU, Spain will start from 1 July to reopen its borders to travelers coming from non-european countries where the situation of the epidemic "is similar to or more favourable" than in the EU, said Pedro Sanchez.
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While the epidemic is under control in the country, the Spanish authorities fear that the reopening of borders does not result in new outbreaks of the contagion. "It is a critical moment, but we are prepared ", particularly in terms of detection of new cases, assured Pedro Sanchez.