Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: EC calls for extension of ban on foreigners entering 30 European nations due to COVID-19 until June 15. Some exceptions allowed.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

This alert began 08 May 2020 23:27 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): EU nations plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least June 15
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions

Summary
The European Commission (EC) has called upon Schengen member states and Schengen associated states to extend an existing measure denying nonessential entry by non-EU residents through at least June 15 as part of the bloc's efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Countries participating in the measure comprise the so-called "EU+ Area," which includes all EU Schengen member states; non-Schengen EU members Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania; and the four non-EU Schengen-associated states Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. While the EC's communique does not constitute a mandate, all countries involved will likely assent and extend their respective restrictions.

Persons exempted from the closure include family members of EU nationals, diplomats, foreigners with legal residency permits, cross-border and healthcare workers, and truck drivers transporting freight. The restriction will not prohibit the movement of people within the EU.

Advice
Persons affected by the measure should postpone travel to the countries participating in the closure. Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent COVID-19, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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