Spain-Portugal border closure extended until mid-March

Spain-Portugal border closure extended until mid-March
Police checks at the border between Spain and Portugal will continue until at least March 16th, the Spanish government has confirmed, in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus with only those with justified cause allowed to cross.

The measure published in the latest Spanish government bulletin BOE means people crossing the border between the two Iberian nations will only be able to cross through authorised border check spots and during the opening hours established.

According to the document, people authorised to cross the border include Spanish citizens and their spouses, parents or children, provided they are travelling to meet with one of these family members.

Residents in Spain who can prove their residency here, students studying in Spain, EU/Schengen area nationals that are returning to their home countries are also allowed to cross.

As can cross-border workers, many of whom have been openly critical about the difficulties the border closures have caused them and instigated the Spanish government to open two more border check posts in Vinhais close to Zamora and Pote da Barca in Galicia.

Finally, those who can prove force majeure reasons for crossing the border with the necessary documentation to accredit it, as well as foreign personnel accredited as members of diplomatic or humanitarian missions or consular offices, can also cross.

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