France will gradually reopen its borders to countries outside the Schengen zone from Jul 1, the interior and foreign ministers said in a joint statement on Friday June 12
The borders were shut in mid-March to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, but based on the European Union recommendations on Thursday that the bloc reopen to some countries from July 1 and continue to gradually accept non schenghen nationals
Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said in their statement that
“This opening will be gradual and will vary according to the health situation in each of the third countries, and in accordance with the arrangements that will have been agreed at European level by then,” the ministers said.
Europe has been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, accounting for almost half of the world’s deaths.
But the spread has slowed in many of the hardest-hit countries, including Spain, Italy and France, allowing the most restrictive measures to be lifted
Castaner and Le Drian confirmed that France would also lift all border restrictions with other Schengen countries from Jun 15.
Spain remains under restrictions as Madrid enforces a quarantine on all overseas travellers and France has promised reciprocal measures.