Spain opens land borders with Portugal and France from June 22 | New

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MADRID (Reuters) - Le ministre espagnol du Tourisme, Reyes Maroto, a déclaré jeudi que toutes les restrictions aux passages frontaliers avec la France et le Portugal seront levées à partir du 22 juin.

Authorities closed the borders to everyone except the Spanish, border workers and truck drivers from mid-March, when the country was blocked to stem the spread of coronaviruses.

Maroto told reporters that Spain will likely lift the quarantine for people arriving by land from France and Portugal, but added that it has not yet been approved.

The issue of border reopening is a key problem in Europe, as countries hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic are trying to revive their economies and gradually return to freedom of movement in what is usually the Schengen area without borders.

Spain had initially said it would not start lifting border restrictions until July 1, but added in the past few days that some may be lifted sooner.

Maroto provided more details on this plan Thursday, explaining that they were working on tourism experimentation in certain regions in the second half of June, and that the tour operator TUI was to bring 6000 German tourists to visit the Balearic archipelago around the island of Mallorca.

France has already declared itself in favor of Europe opening its internal borders from June 15.

Portugal officially closed the border until June 15, but the government had previously said it assumed it would remain closed until the end of the month due to Spain’s own restrictions – which will now be theirs – same lifting earlier.

(Report by Isla Binnie; Additional report by Richard Lough in Paris and Victoria Waldersee in Lisbon; Writing by Inti Landauro; Edition by Ingrid Melander)

    

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