- All travel originating outside the Schengen Area, moving into the European Union will be prohibited from Midday tomorrow, for 30 days.
- European citizens returning home can, of course, do so.
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Update: 16th March 2020: 5pm
Today, the Commission presented guidelines to Member States on health-related border management measures in the context of the COVID-19 emergency. The aim is to protect citizens' health, ensure the right treatment of people who do have to travel, and make sure essential goods and services remain available.
Guidelines for Border Management
The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the challenge of protecting the health of the population whilst avoiding disruptions to the free movement of persons, and the delivery of goods and essential services across Europe. The implementation of the Union’s policies on checks of persons and goods should be governed by the principle of solidarity between the Member States.
In order to avoid shortages and avoid that the social and economic difficulties that all European countries are already experiencing worsen, maintaining the functioning of the Single Market is key. Member States should therefore not undertake measures that jeopardise the integrity of the Single Market for goods, in particular of supply chains, or engage in any unfair practices.
Points to note:
Member States must always admit their own citizens and residents, and facilitate transit of other EU citizens and residents that are returning home.
Free Movement of Goods & Services
16th March 2020:
Unobstructed transport of goods is crucial to maintain availability of goods, in particular of essential goods such as food supplies including livestock, vital medical and protective equipment and supplies.
The facilitation of safe movement for transport workers, including truck and train drivers, pilots and aircrew, across internal and external borders, is a key factor to ensure adequate movement of goods and essential staff.
Any planned transport-related restrictions should be notified to the Commission and to all other Member States in a timely manner and, in any event, before they are implemented.
Free Movement of People (within the EU)
16th March 2020:
Travellers identified as exposed to, or infected with Covid-19 should not be allowed to travel.
While Member States may reintroduce temporary border controls (for reasons of public policy or internal security, a Member State must not deny entry to EU citizens or third-country nationals residing on its territory and must facilitate transit of other EU citizens and residents that are returning home.
Member States can, however, take appropriate measures such as requiring persons entering their territory to undergo self-isolation or similar measures upon return from an area affected by Covid-19 provided they impose the same requirements on their own nationals.
As Regards the EU's External Borders
16th March 2020:
All persons, EU and non-EU nationals, who cross the external borders to enter the Schengen area are subject to systematic checks at border crossing points.
Member States have the possibility to refuse entry to non-resident third country nationals where they present relevant symptoms or have been particularly exposed to risk of infection and are considered to be a threat to public health.
Any decision on refusal of entry needs to be proportionate and non-discriminatory.