Borders with Spain remain closed until June 15

  • Lusa
  • 14 May 2020

Land borders between the two countries will remain closed until midnight on June 15 due to the new coronavirus.

Land borders between Portugal and Spain will remain closed until midnight on June 15 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the resolution of the Council of Ministers published in the Official Gazette.

The resolution says that “in view of the evaluation of the epidemiological situation in Portugal and the EU and the measures proposed by the European Commission, it is important to guarantee internal security through appropriate measures containing the possible contagion lines, among which, the maintenance of the exceptional and temporary restoration of the control of persons at the borders, with some exceptions.”

The resolution states that between midnight on 14 May and midnight on June 15 2020, “without prejudice to a re-evaluation every 10 days and possible extension, the control of persons at the Portuguese internal borders will be reinstated.”

The resolution published on Wednesday extends the possibility of border crossing to seasonal workers with documentary proof of employment.

In the context of border control, tourist and leisure travel between the two countries is prevented, and only transport of goods, cross-border workers, seasonal workers, emergency and rescue vehicles and emergency services are permitted.

The border points in operation are Valença-Tuy, Vila Verde da Raia-Verín, Quintanilha-San Vitero, Vilar Formoso-Fuentes de Oñoro, Termas de Monfortinho-Cilleros, Marvão-Valência de Alcântara, Caia-Badajoz, Vila Verde de Ficalho-Rosal de la Frontera and Castro Marim-Ayamonte.

Commercial flights to Spain remain suspended.