The European Union opens borders to third countries
30 June, 2020duguech
The restrictions for travelers from third countries will be gradually lifted throughout the Schengen area from July 1, 2020, according to the Official State Gazette (BOE).
For the gradual opening of borders, an initial list of third countries will be drawn up, to which the survey will be applied progressively and following reciprocity criteria.
The list will be made under epidemiological precepts. It will be periodically modified, and it will include new categories of travelers who are exempt from the restrictions, regardless of their place of origin.
Similarly, the BOE clarifies that the list will be made under the reference of residence, but not on the possession of the nationality of those countries.
The details of the list of countries are currently being finalized, without prejudice to the fact that, by means of modifications or new future orders, the geographical criterion may begin to be taken into account when it is defined at the level of the European Union.
- Beneficiaries of the right to free movement. This ministerial order no longer refers to the refusals of entry made in application of Royal Decree 240/2007, on entry, free movement and residence in Spain of citizens of the Member States of the European Union and of other States party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.
- Holders of long-term residence or visa permits issued by Member States and Schengen Associated States. Therefore, it will no longer be necessary to verify that they are directed directly to the place of residence.
- Highly qualified workers whose work is necessary and cannot be postponed or carried out remotely.
For the list of exceptions on movement within the borders of the European Union, you can consult the information published on our website Exceptions to enter the European Union
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* It must be taken into account that the regulations of any of the analyzed countries, as well as the established procedures, may change at any time and without prior notice. © 2020 Duguech & Dip, S.L.P. – All rights reserved