EU Suggests Bans On All Non-Essential Travel To Europe

17 Mar 2020, 21 mins ago

The European Commission President, Ursula Von Der Leyen, issued a statement yesterday confirming that the European Union (EU) intends to impose restrictions on all non-essential travels into the EU for the next 30 days. The measures aim to contain further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and will also apply to all non-essential travel outside of the EU.

The UK has not been included in the ban, and borders will presently remain open between the UK and the EU.

The details of the travel restrictions are still to be agreed on and formalised by European leaders, however the proposed plans see a travel ban on all third-country visitors from outside the EU and the Schengen Area unless they are long-term EU residence, family members of EU nationals, diplomats or essential workers. There will also be no restrictions on the transport of goods to and from relevant EU countries at this time and trade routes will remain open.

“Essential workers” are currently classified as doctors, nurses and researchers, however this definition may be subject to change once the travel restrictions have been formalised.

If you are an EU national (or family member of an EU national) living the UK or wishing to enter the UK and have any UK visa or immigration queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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Navka Raja 

  Navka Raja

  Immigration Consultant and Trainee Solicitor in our Private Client department