Portugal's borders with Spain closed until end of JuneChristian Fernsby ▼ | June 3, 2020
The Minister of Internal Administration on 2 June admitted to keeping land and air borders with Spain closed, as long as there is an internal quarantine in the neighbouring country.
Land and air Spain border
The official stressed that "it does not make sense to restart the land border as long as there is an epidemiological situation in Spain that requires monitoring and as long as there is an internal quarantine".
Eduardo Cabrita recalled, however, that at this time the movement of cross-border workers "within authorised crossing points" and the movement of seasonal workers is authorised.
In addition, he added, Portugal, in conjunction with the Spanish authorities, has health corridors that allow Portuguese emigrants from France to cross Spain, "not to be in Spain, but to come to Portugal".
Regarding airspace, the minister explained that it was never closed in the European Union, with only flights to Italy and Spain being limited, "as a result of the epidemiological situation verified in these two countries", a situation that still remains.
"The rest of the destinations within the European Union have never been closed. There were no flights due to the airlines' decision and the circulation limitations. What we expect here is for Faro Airport, which started flying again this week, or for the Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro is to see Portugal as a safe destination, safe also from a health point of view that allows a resumption of the economy here", he declared.
With regard to flights to Spain and Italy, the minister stated that the situation is being assessed according to the evolution of the epidemiological situation in these two countries.
"We are going to make this situation assessment. Another meeting of ministers of internal affairs will take place this Friday (5 June). What I guarantee is that these flights to Spain, as well as the land border, are already suspended until 15 June, we will do however, the reassessment. I would say that as far as Spain is concerned, there is no point in replacing flights as long as there is an internal quarantine", he concluded. ■