FRANCE AGREES TO REOPEN BORDERS

2020-06-15

The French Minister of Interior has agreed with his German counterpart Interior Minister Horst Seehofer to reopen the common borders by June 15, which restrictions have been put in place in a bid to contain the flow of the COVID-19.

The ministers have discussed the removal of the border traffic restrictions agreed on the objective of maintaining traffic restrictions until June 15.

“By June 15, the two ministers, anxious to facilitate the daily life of cross-border workers, have agreed on the principle of continuing the coordinated and gradual opening of border crossing points. The permanent static checks carried out so far by French and German law enforcement will gradually give way to dynamic and targeted checks, to ensure traffic flow without weakening the restrictions which will remain in force,” the press release reads.

Moreover, the French authorities note that the new exemptions, already implemented in Germany, come into effect for entry into French territory as well. The documentation necessary to cross the Franco-German border will be simplified, with the availability in the coming days of a single Franco-German certificate.

Yesterday, the German authorities announced that after several discussions with the neighbouring countries and the federal states concerned, the Federal Minister Seehofer decided to gradually start relaxing the measures imposed at the borders to contain the pandemic.

While the border controls with France, Austria and Switzerland and the airside borders with Italy and Spain will remain in place until June 15, the border checks at the borders with Luxembourg will end on May 15.

At the same time, the government is also ready to remove border controls with Denmark; however, a date on when this will happen will be set together with Denmark as the Danish government carries out ongoing consultations with its neighbouring countries.

Immediately after Germany, Switzerland also announced that it would reopen its common borders with Germany, Austria and France by the same date if the epidemiological situation allows. The decision was taken following discussions with the Interior Ministers of these three countries and the Federal Councilor Karin Keller-Sutter.