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EU Proposes to Temporarily Close European External Borders to Combat Coronavirus

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The external borders of the European Union must be closed temporarily. That is what Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a video on Twitter.


It proposes heads of state or government to suspend all “non-essential” trips to the EU for at least 30 days.

The EU hopes that this drastic measure will prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. European leaders may turn a green light tomorrow during their video conference.

The entry ban for non-EU nationals will apply for thirty days but can be extended.

Those who are not EU citizens, but who have lived in the EU for a long time, will still be allowed to enter the EU, as can family members of EU citizens, diplomats and “essential” workers such as doctors and nurses

The travel ban applies only to people. Freight transport and border workers are exempted.

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