Covid 19 – Temporary restriction of non-essential travel to the EU for a period of 30 days confirmed

Mar 18, 2020

[updated 20/03/2020]

 

On 17 March leaders of Schengen area Member States endorsed the guidelines proposed by the Commission on March 16th and agreed to apply a 30 days a temporary restriction of non-essential travel from third countries into the Schengen area. As per the EU commission proposal (https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=COM:2020:115:FIN) “The temporary travel restriction should apply to all non-essential travel […]” and “[…], exceptions need to be limited to travel for essential purposes”. The proposal lists the category of travellers who are not affected by the restriction. The travel restriction does not apply to “nationals of all EU Member States and Schengen Associated States for the purposes of returning to their homes”; to “all EU citizens and citizens of the Schengen Associated States, and their family members; third-country nationals who are long-term residents under the Long-term Residence Directive and persons deriving their right to reside from other EU Directives or national law or who hold national long-term visas” Also, restrictions do not apply to other travellers such as healthcare professionals, researchers, frontier workers; Transport personnel; Diplomats, staff of international organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers, Passengers in transit; Passengers travelling for imperative family reasons; Persons in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons.

In addition to this, the following European Commission webpage https://ec.europa.eu/transport/coronavirus-response_en lists all the mobility measures implemented or announced by Member States and is updated regularly as the information become available

 

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