[updated 12/06/2020] Coronavirus: Ban on non-essential travel into EU extended until 30 June

Jun 12, 2020

[latest updates 12/06/2020]

Ban on non-essential travel into EU extended until 30 June

In the video conference on June 5, EU Home affairs ministers discussed how long the EU travel restrictions to the entry of third country nationals should be maintained and agreed to a unified approach to the gradual lifting of the restrictions on non-essential travel.

The EU’s 27 home affairs ministers agreed to extend the ban on non-essential travel by foreign nationals into the EU until July 1st. The travel ban had been due to expire on 15 June

The travel restriction, as well as the invitation to prolong it until 30 June, applies to all Schengen Member States (including Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania) and the 4 Schengen Associated States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) – 30 countries in total. All these countries implement it through national law.

After 30 June, the restriction should be lifted for countries selected together by Member States, based on a set of principles and objective criteria including the health situation, the ability to apply containment measures during travel, and reciprocity considerations, taking into account data from relevant sources such as ECDC and WHO.

The Commission also recommends to lift travel restrictions for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia as of 1 July, given that their epidemiological situation is similar or better than that of the EU.

 

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[08/05/2020]

Coronavirus: Member States to extend restriction on non-essential travel to the EU until 15 June

On Friday 8 May, the Commission invited Schengen Member States and Schengen Associated States to extend the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU until 15 June. The temporary travel restriction applies to all non-essential travel from third countries to the EU+ area. Based on the development of the epidemiological situation, the Commission will assess if a further prolongation of the travel restriction beyond 15 June 2020 will be needed.

As per the Communication dated 8 May “The scope of the extension of the temporary travel restriction should be the same as that set out in the Commission’s Communications of 16 March and 8 April 2020. “When applying the temporary travel restriction, Member States should follow the Guidance issued by the Commission on 30 March 2020” .

 


 

[07/04/2020]

Covid 19 – Non-essential travel to the EU restricted until 15 May

On 8 April, 2020 the EU Commission invited the States of the EU+ area, which includes all Schengen Member States (including Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania) and the 4 Schengen Associated States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), to extend the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU until 15 May. In fact, it has been noticed that the measures applied to fight the virus require more than 30 days to be effective and action at the external borders shall be taken by all states with a coordinated approach.

As per the Communication on assessment of state of play of the Communication on non-essential travel dated 8 April, “The scope of the extension of the temporary travel restriction should be the same as that set out in the Commission’s Communication of 16 March 2020. When applying the temporary travel restriction, Member States should follow the Guidance of the Commission of 30 March 2020.

The European Commission has also published a list of FAQs on the Communications issued on 16 March and 8 April, which clarify exemptions, definition of essential travel, overstay, repatriation etc. and a list of Questions & answers for people travelling to and from the EU during the pandemic

 


 

[ 20/03/2020]

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

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.

 

Giuditta Petreni

Giuditta Petreni has over 10 years of experience in assisting companies and business investors with relocation of managers and staff to Italy. Giuditta has extensive experience advising corporate and private clients on a full range of Italian immigration categories. She is fluent in Italian and English.

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