After intense pressure from unmarried couples separated due to the travel bans put in place, France has joined the list of 7 other European countries that will now allow partners and families to reunite.
On August 3, Switzerland joined with Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Iceland, Austria and the Czech Republic to allow a person from a third country to join their partner in one of those countries, if she could provide proof of the relationship.
Now couples – where France is a person’s main country of residence – can apply for a pass (a pass) for the other partner to enter, depending on Le local.
French Secretary of State for Tourism Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne said The Sunday newspaper that a procedure would be put in place to reunite couples. Couples must present documents to their local consulate to show proof of a partner’s proof of residence, identity documents, round-trip transport tickets, etc.
They must also show proof that the relationship is long-lasting and sentimental, showing joint bills, bank accounts, rental contracts and passport stamps from frequent visits to the country.
There have been several campaigns to lift travel bans for unmarried couples living together, such as Love Is Not Tourism, and using the hashtag #LoveIsEssential on social media.
At the end of the campaigns, the European Commission said it “encourages all EU countries to allow unmarried partners of EU citizens and residents to enter the EU without delay”, as indicated in The connection.
There are specific rules which vary between EU countries; in the Netherlands, relationships must be three months prior to Covid-19 and in the Czech Republic, couples must make statutory declarations to confirm the relationship exists.
Many expressed their concern in France today that the exemption would not work well, because the documents to be shown are not explicit and also because the local consulates are already overwhelmed, especially due to the increased administrative burden of the Brexit.