More Than 6,000 Stopped From Crossing From Spain Into Portugal During Lockdown

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More Than 6000 Stopped From Crossing From Spain Into Portugal During Lockdown
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More Than 6,000 People Were Stopped From Crossing Over From Spain Into Portugal During The Lockdown.

WITH Portugal now entered into the second phase of de-escalation, the country’s land border with Spain is still closed, with citizens allowed to cross only for ‘essential reasons’ until April 16, at the earliest.

It is reported that since the border was closed, more than 6,000 people have been turned back during the current second lockdown period, which has lasted around two months, with mainly only Portuguese citizens and legal foreign residents being allowed into the country by road.

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Since April 1, the ministry of interior administration added more countries to the list of those whose citizens must not only present a negative Covid PCR test at the border, but also go into 14-days mandatory quarantine, which has increased Portugal’s ‘red list’ now to 14 countries.

As a result, it has been necessary to have SEF border guards who are bilingual, at least speaking some English, to try and cater as best as possible to communicate with travellers who arrive at any of the 16 permitted border crossings.

Portuguese daily publication, Correio da Manhã, has reported that out of around 750,000 people who had tried to cross into Portugal, border guards had discovered 31 criminals who had existing arrest warrants out for them, who were duly arrested and put before the courts.


The number of people turned back at the border is an estimated 6,000 says the report, with the majority being those who had no professional or residential connection with Portugal, and had no legitimate reason for travelling across the border from Spain.

Basically, they were ‘immigrants from various countries’, writes the paper, and obviously, there is no detail on what may have happened to them, or indeed where they have ended up, as reported by portugalresident.com.


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Chris King
Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sang and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.

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