The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, has announced this Thursday that Spain will lift the restrictions on land borders with Portugal and France from the June 22nd.
Authorities closed the borders to all people, except Spaniards, cross-border workers and truckers, in mid-March when the state of alarm was declared to stop the coronavirus. But those restrictions could end soon, according to Maroto announced in a press conference, in which he has made it clear, however, that nothing has yet been decided, . reports.
The issue of reopening borders is key in Europe, as the countries most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic try to revive their economies and gradually return to allow freedom of movement in what is usually the Schengen zone without borders.
Spain had initially said that it would only begin to lift border restrictions from 1st of July, when quarantine of international tourists will endAlthough he had pointed out in recent days that some could be lifted earlier. And this could be one of them.
Maroto has assured that tourism will be experimented in certain regions in the second half of June, specifically referring to the fact that the tour operator TUI will bring 6,000 German tourists to visit the Balearic archipelago and, above all, Mallorca.
France has already said that it is in favor of Europe opening its internal borders from June 15While Portugal, which officially closed the border until June 15, has said it actually assumes it will remain closed until the end of the month due to Spain’s own restrictions, which will now be lifted earlier.
ONLY THE CONTROLS ARE FINISHED
The news has created a stir, and that is why sources from the Ministry led by Reyes Maroto wanted to clarify that with the end of the state of alarm (on June 21, after the sixth and last extension approved this Wednesday by Congress), the agreements adopted for land mobility will no longer have validity, so that the borders are not opened for everyone, but the controls that Interior had been carrying out will no longer be in force.
Of course, these same sources have wanted to clarify that the Government’s idea is to reach “reciprocity agreements with France and Portugal, and perhaps with other countries as well”, on the issue of borders.