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EU aims to open international borders by end of June

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  •   06-08-2020  3:01 pm
  •   Pax Global Media

EU aims to open international borders by end of June
Pax Global Media

While international travel to Europe is restricted until July, the European Union hopes to have travel within countries in the 26-nation Schengen travel zone up and running by the end of June.

All but essential travel into Europe from the outside is restricted until June 15th, but a recent meeting between commissioners shows that some want border restrictions loosened, to encourage the flow of trade, goods, and services between nations.

According to the Washington Post, Switzerland is looking to lift its restrictions from Britain and U.K. nations on June 15th. Germany is also following suit, and announced plans to lift restrictions on June 15th. Italy, one of the worst hit by the COVID-19 crisis, has been excluded by several EU members on a list of those who may travel freely, prompting a swift backlash from Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio.

One solution to confidently ease up on restrictions is the sharing of "infection data" between countries, which Italy is currently doing with Austria.

Many countries still have a 14-day quarantine in place, like Spain, which is planning on reopening to tourists on July 1st.

The Washington Post also reports that most of the EU’s interior ministers want to extend the current entry ban on outside travellers “by 14 days until July 1.”

Visitors from the United States, Russia or Brazil, where infection rates are very high, would only be allowed back into Europe based on how those respective countries have managed to slow and control the spread of the virus.