The EU is planning to ban all non-essential travel to Europe for the next 30 days. The border closure will cover thirty countries.
Essential staff and people transporting goods would be exempt from the ban. The ban would apply to travel in and out of Europe.
EU Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen says the move is necessary to slow down the spread of coronavirus:
“The restriction should be in place for an initial period of 30 days, which can be prolonged as necessary.”
It remains unclear when the propsal would come into force.
The @EU_Commission presents guidelines on border measures & proposes:
1⃣Green lanes/fast lanes giving priority to essential transport to keep the mobility sector going & ensure economic continuity
2⃣Temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU (30 days) pic.twitter.com/9bda9MntF0
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) March 16, 2020