Temporary restriction issued on non-essential travel to European Union for 30 days

Cheryl Sanders
March 17, 2020

Von der Leyen said no country had the capacity to produce on its own what will be needed to treat patients in the fight against coronavirus.

Although it still needs to be agreed among member states, the proposal could see a renewable 30-day travel ban throughout the EU.

"These travel restrictions should be in place for an initial period of 30 days which can be prolonged as necessary".

On the economic front, Ms von der Leyen said she was discussing with G7 leaders measures to support the economy, withthe Commission to develop a temporary framework for state aid for all European Union member states. Our healthcare system is under huge pressure.

He added that a video conference was held today of interior ministers and ministers of health regarding the issue of border management in this situation and the question of initiating civil protection mechanisms for the objective of creating storage for medical equipment required by the entire Union.

The proposal would ban non-EU visitors to enter the block unless they are long-term residents of the European Union, family members of European Union nationals, diplomats, or medical professionals like doctors, nurses, and researchers. Here in Europe we are heavily affected by the virus.

"I propose to the heads of state in governments to introduce a temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the European Union", she added.

It should also not apply to other travellers with an essential function or need, including health care professionals, health researchers, and elderly care professionals, frontier workers, transport personnel engaged in haulage of goods and other transport staff to the extent necessary, diplomats, staff of worldwide organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their functions, passengers in transit, passengers travelling for imperative family reasons, people in need of global protection or for other humanitarian reasons.

Over the weekend Germany and Denmark announced border measures, joining Poland and the Czech Republic who took action to restrict their frontiers last week.

The UK today announced it has more than 1,500 cases.

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