Spanish border with Portugal to remain closed

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 09-02-2021 16:11:00 · 4 Comments

The Spanish and Portuguese governments have extended restrictions on land borders, until 1 March

According to the Spanish Ministry of the Interior, only residents of Spain, cross-border workers, drivers of goods vehicles or those with essential issues can cross the authorised borders.

"The severity of the restrictive mobility measures still in force in Spain and Portugal recommends the maintenance of [...] controls at the internal land border between the two countries with the same limitations that were applied during the initial 10 days", according to the Diário da República in Portugal.

The previous resolution was extended until 10 February, and now the Spanish Interior Ministry has agreed to a further extension until the first day of March.

These measures were taken in coordination with the Portuguese Government, which on 28 January decided to limit travel outside mainland, by any means of transport, and to restore control at borders.

Lisbon and Madrid have stipulated that there are eight permanent crossing points between the two countries, namely in Valença, Vila Verde da Raia, Quintanilha, Vilar Formoso, Marvão, Caia, Vila Verde and Castro Marim, and six crossing points at specific times.

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Hi Dennis, we're in the same situation as you and we've decided to stay put until all this is over. I find highly unlikely any sanctions will be applied whilst this crisis continues to create so much disruption. I certainly will not be risking my health travelling for now.

By Paul Rogers from Algarve on 27-02-2021 09:47

I recommend tô study the "fine print" of the border closure decision. To my knowledge, the Portuguese allow departure of foreign citizens not residing in Portugal. I was allowed to leave by air on 01/31. If you manage to find a flight to the US, directly from Portugal or via some other European country, you should be allowed to travel. Usually, other EU countries do not ban passengers in transit to non-EU destinations as long as their Final Destination will accept them and they don't leave the airport until they board their subsequent flight.
However, If I were you, I would probably just stay put until the restrictions are withdrawn. Theoretically you might get hit with a fine, but given the extraordinary circumstancies I consider this extremely unlikely. Good luck!
Michael (Citizen of Germany and the US)

By Michael Waller from USA on 10-02-2021 05:28

Dennis, all you need to do is declare yourself as a refugee and you'll be allowed to stay.

By Tony B from USA on 10-02-2021 03:14

I am in a motorhome and due to the 90 day rule have to leave mid March to travel home. What do I do now the border is closed. I have been shielding as I have COPD and do not feel safe travelling. Is there anything I can do to stay longer than the 90 day rule. Regards Dennis

By Dennis Todd from Algarve on 10-02-2021 08:29
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