The european commission is in favour of the lifting of restrictions on movement within the EU and the Schengen area.
European nationals should be able to once again flow freely from next week. While Italy has already reopened its borders and that member States are sovereign in the field, the vast majority of countries will respond to the request of the european commission.
This will be the case, for example, for Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, or Greece. A handful of countries are more cautious, in the image of Portugal and Denmark, which will be accessible only to German nationals, Norwegian, and icelandic.
Spain is a particular case. In fact, if the reopening of the borders of the iberian peninsula is still announced for the end of the month, the Balearic islands, little affected by the epidemic of the coronavirus, will welcome their first tourists as early as Monday.
Outside the EU, a gradual opening
The other issue on the agenda of the european commission concerning the external borders. The opening is, in all cases, not expected before the 1st of July and will be ” partial and gradual “.
Brussels therefore recommends the reopening of borders to travellers from the Balkans (Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina…) to this date. This wish has been delivered by the european commissioner for home Affairs, Ylva Johansson.
Beyond the Balkans, the member States of the european Union are therefore invited to draw up a common list of countries that can benefit from a removal of restrictions from the beginning of July. China, Russia, Australia, Brazil, find themselves-they international flights this summer ? One of the conditions will be reciprocity. And the United States, which keep their borders closed, should not accommodate travellers from the EU.
It should be noted that in north Africa only one country has currently announced the reopening of its borders. It is about Tunisia, and this will be the 27th of June.