People walk on the Santiago bridge over the Bidasoa river separating Spain and France as Spain reopens its borders to most European visitors after the coronavirus … O utbreaks of Covid-19 in France and Spain have caused fears of a second wave, and potential disruption for holidaymakers this summer. Scientists say ‘invisible aliens’ live among us. Across Europe, the reopening of borders is anything but smooth. Once the country with the third-highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, Spain has now fallen to 7th place with nearly 246,000 confirmed cases, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. Across Europe, the reopening of borders is anything but smooth. Brazil and Russia follow with more than one million and more than 576,000 infections, respectively. The UK has done so, even in the face of threats from Brussels. These tit-for-tat restrictions appear to clash with the EU Commission’s guidelines on re-opening, published on Wednesday. Germany will have opened four of its borders – with France, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg – by June 15. “So, I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down.’ They test and they test.”  The White House later issued a clarification of the president’s remarks, insisting he was joking. Catalonia, which borders France, has been at the heart of a rebound in coronavirus cases since Spain lifted a nationwide lockdown one month ago. France and Spain among European cities to announce new restrictions as Covid-19 cases soar Spain has seen more cases than any other European country. Spain reopened its borders to European tourists on Sunday as the continent continues to ease lockdowns put in place to quell the spread of the novel coronavirus. These travelers will be locked down in their hotels or accommodation, and allowed out only to shop for groceries or visit healthcare facilities. Revolutionary discovery or proof that too many useless academics live among us? France will make random borders checks to stop people getting infected with COVID-19 by crossing into countries where ski resorts remain open, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Wednesday. Until now, regional authorities seeking such measures had been forced to request permission from a court on a case-by-case basis. “When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more cases,” he said. French border and custom police control vehicles at the Dancharia border post during the re-opening of the border between France and Spain after several months of closure due to the coronavirus. Due to COVID-19 Spanish travel restrictions, U.S. citizens cannot enter Spain unless they meet very specific requirements or have already obtained special permission from the Government of Spain. France calls on Spain to limit border crossings and advises against travel to Catalonia Catalonia, Aragon and Navarre, which all border France, have … A reopening of borders, which have been closed since mid-March amid the coronavirus pandemic, could initially be for Schengen countries only, according to Spanish foreign ministry sources. Six members of U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign advance team have contracted the coronavirus. China recorded 25 new cases and like South Korea, most of China’s cases were found in its capital, Beijing. The country shut its borders in mid-March to prevent the spread of COVID-19, with only Spaniards, cross-border workers and truck drivers able to cross into neighbouring countries. ... Germany will have opened four of its borders – with France, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg – by June 15. The U.S. also leads the world in COVID deaths with nearly 120,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. A day earlier, he said that controls along the country’s Swiss border will be eased within days. Read RT Privacy policy to find out more. The overall aim of the EU’s guidelines is to reopen much of the formerly borderless Schengen area in time for the vacation season, in a bid to save the union’s vital tourism industry. Subscribe to RT newsletter to get stories the mainstream media won’t tell you, FILE PHOTO: Controls at the Spanish-French border in La Jonquera, Spain March 17, 2020 © Reuters / Nacho Doce, French pharma chief backtracks after promise Covid-19 vaccine will reach American patients first sparks ire, Still in the grip of Covid-19, US & Poland plan to practice defeating enemy on NATO’s ‘eastern flank’, It will ‘take months for EU travel to return to normal,’ says Irish PM Varadkar, Woke on steroids, Brexit breakthrough & Iran on brink of war: 2020 predictions from RT contributors. Both countries had launched strict measures to bring the virus under control, but outbreaks are reappearing after they eased restrictions. Freight will still be able to enter the country in order to guarantee the supply of goods. France has said it would not rule out closing its border with the Catalan region of Spain as it experiences a 'significant rise' in infections, according to the French public health authority. The hodgepodge relaxation of border controls mirrors the chaotic manner in which Europe shut itself down two months ago. Coronavirus COVID-19; all internal borders; * Denmark expects to lift the COVID-19 related restrictions at all internal borders as soon as the situation allows for it. Coronavirus: Travel restrictions, border shutdowns by country. Travellers showing signs of a COVID-19 infection upon arrival in mainland France will have to carry out a mandatory 14 day quarantine at home or … From midnight tonight, only Spanish citizens and residents will be able to enter the country via land borders, as well as non-Spaniards who cite reasons of force majeure. The Spanish government announced on Wednesday that all travelers arriving from overseas will be subject to a 15-day quarantine, effective from Friday. Also, the borders between France and the UK are not closed. All rights reserved. A Lyon doctor claims that cross-border workers are partly responsible for the increase in Covid-19 infections in Haute-Savoie and Ain, the French départments that border Switzerland. The measures, also aimed at appeasing French resorts operators complaining of an uneven playing field, will apply to France's borders with Switzerland and Spain, where it is expected ski slopes … Arrivals from France will be quarantined for 10 days, Reuters reported. South Korea reported 48 new coronavirus cases Sunday, half of them in Seoul, the capital. Spain and France both took steps Monday to loosen the tight restrictions that the countries imposed to try to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. France has imposed a second national lockdown starting on October 30. MADRID: Spain reopened its borders with France on Sunday, getting rid of one of the most potent symbols of Europe’s battle against the coronavirus, as infections in Latin America surged past two million. In Austria, where the coronavirus has been all but contained, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Wednesday that its border with Germany will be fully reopened within a month. People cross the border between France and Spain at Behobie, southwestern France, June 21, 2020. The Elysee Palace hit back on Thursday, warning that France would retaliate with a similar measure, should the Spanish plan go ahead. “We are in a new and dangerous phase,” Tedros said. However, the EU has no power to actually dictate border policy, and can only urge its members to go along with its proposals. Coronavirus: Borders close around Europe as death toll surges in Italy and Spain. More than 100 million people already in lockdown as daily life grinds to a halt But … The announcement was made Saturday just hours before the president’s Tulsa, Oklahoma campaign rally, his first since the country went on lockdown because of the coronavirus. FILE PHOTO: Controls at the Spanish-French border in La Jonquera, Spain March 17, 2020 © Reuters / Nacho Doce France has threatened to quarantine incoming Spanish nationals, after the government in Madrid announced it would quarantine all incoming travelers. … With more than 2.2 million cases, the U.S. has more infections than anywhere else in the world. Hey, Google, your censorship of 'Plandemic' only turned its author's book into #1 bestseller. Five of the 10 worst-hit countries in the world are European – including the UK – and in these five countries combined, more than a million people have caught the deadly virus, with 128,000 passing away. Cases are rising fast across Europe, with France, Spain, Croatia and Hungary among countries reporting a recent spike in coronavirus infections. The retaliation would apply to all countries restricting access for French citizens, an official at the palace told Reuters. France and Germany overcame differences to push the recovery plan forward; can they unite on other matters? © Autonomous Nonprofit Organization “TV-Novosti”, 2005–2020. Spain on Monday announced that it is closing its borders in a bid to deal with the coronavirus crisis. A cluster of coronavirus which was first detected in fruit pickers in northern Spain spread across the continent over summer before increasingly rapidly in … Israel, Spain and France all fought the novel coronavirus into abatement in the first months of the pandemic with tough measures that won international praise. The country’s Dutch and Belgian borders are already open, with local authorities performing spot checks on travelers. From 5 November, national restrictions apply in England. NurPhoto via Getty Images No less than 15 countries in Europe including the U.K., France, Belgium and Spain face quarantine by fellow Europeans under the … Spain is preparing to reopen its borders from early July - but Britons may have an extended wait before being able to travel there for holidays. Two weeks later, Hungary unilaterally shut its borders to all foreign citizens. The travel pass is not necessary for binational couples wishing to go to France. 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Though Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson told MEPs last week that the Commission rejects selective border openings, that hasn’t stopped member states from making up their own rules. According to the guidelines’ “principle of non-discrimination,” member states should “allow travel from all areas, regions or countries in the EU with similar epidemiological conditions.”. Since October 14, travelers from Belgium, France, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Spain and the United Kingdom must present a negative coronavirus test taken within 72 hours before their arrival, or take a test within 48 hours upon arrival. France will make random borders checks to stop people getting infected with COVID-19 by crossing into countries where ski resorts remain open, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Wednesday. As such, the union threatened to sue the British government this week, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson exempted French travelers from the country’s 14-day quarantine rule. Border wars: France & Spain eyeing tit-for-tat Covid-19 travel quarantines, as EU leaves border control up to its members 14 May, 2020 20:19 . Countries around the world have taken drastic measures, including border closures, in an attempt to curb COVID-19. Yes. This website uses cookies. Is there a health check when arriving in Spain? Europe accounts for half of the global tourist market, so rescuing this industry is of vital importance for Brussels. As a Covid resurgence sweeps Europe, a growing number of countries are banning travelers from high-risk neighbors. Even as talk has shifted to opening up these frontiers again, the coronavirus remains a threat in Europe. Spain is taking new measures to cut a spike in coronavirus cases, amid fears of a more widespread "second wave". These have replaced local COVID alert levels (tiers). He warned that lockdown measures are still needed to halt the spread of the virus. People cross the border between France and Spain at Behobie, southwestern France, June 21, 2020. Spain has … The state of alarm decreed on Sunday in Spain to curb the coronavirus pandemic gives regional governments the legal tools to take the mobility-restricting measures they consider necessary, such as closing city limits or even the borders of an entire region. Though it has left the European Union, Britain is still subject to the bloc’s freedom of movement rules. In late February, as EU health ministers collectively declared that “closing borders would be a disproportionate and ineffective measure at this time,” Austria was halting rail travel from Italy. Spain reopened its borders to European tourist in a bid to kickstart its economy. France has threatened to quarantine incoming Spanish nationals, after the government in Madrid announced it would quarantine all incoming travelers. According to the EU, Britain must quarantine arrivals from every EU state, or none at all. However, Kurz offered no timeline for opening Austria’s Italian border, on the other side of which sits the virus hotspot of Veneto. Spain reopened its borders to European tourist in a bid to kickstart its economy. But while Europe sees slow improvement, countries including Brazil, South Africa, India, and the United States are reporting alarming increases. There were 971 new cases yesterday – … France is watching coronavirus clusters in neighboring Spain very closely, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Saturday, less than a month after the border … By mid-March, nearly half of the bloc’s 27 members had restored their old border restrictions. 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Ultimately, each state is responsible for its own borders. SPAIN has admitted a coronavirus second wave may already be underway as the UK air bridge faces being axed and France threatens to close the border. The situation on the continent paints a bleak picture. PHOTO: REUTERS World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned last week that the pandemic is accelerating. At the rally, the president joked that the U.S. infection numbers are high because of extensive testing. The PCR screening test is not compulsory for travel between France and the UK. France 'turning page' on coronavirus as schools, borders and workplaces reopen This article is more than 2 months old President Macron announces mandatory return to … Benidorm, where Spain's tourism industry began, is symptomatic of struggle to save key industry. Get short URL. 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