Spain-Portugal border set to reopen on Wednesday

Border controls.
Border controls. / Salvador Salas
  • It will be a high-profile occasion with the heads of State and prime ministers of both countries in attendance

Spain and Portugal will reopen their borders tomorrow, Wednesday 1 July, after three and a half months closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

They first closed on 17 March and will now reopen ten days after the rest of the Schengen area opened up, in accordance with the wishes of the Portuguese government.

The two countries wanted to give special relevance to this return to cross-border normality so the event will be presided over by King Felipe VI and Portuguese president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. It will also be attended by the head of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez, and the Portuguese prime minister, António Costa.

Two events will take place, one each side of the border. The first will take place in Badajoz (Extremadura) and the second in the town of Elvas in Portugal.

The EU opens up

The opening of the Spain-Portugal border coincides with opening of air bridges from the EU to 15 countries.

From 1 July, visitors will be able to arrive from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China, though in the latter's case only if the arrangement is reciprocal.

Notable omissions from this list are the United States and Russia.