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Tue Mar 17, 2020, 03:46 PM

European Union will close external borders for 30 days to slow coronavirus pandemic

Source: CNBC

European Union member nations agreed Tuesday to close the EUís external borders for 30 days in a dramatic new effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the planned closings of the massive unionís external borders at a press conference.

Movement of people within the European Unionís 27 member nations will still be allowed under the restrictions.

ďThe union and its member states will do whatever it takes,Ē said European Council President Charles Michel.

Michel said the EU will arrange for the repatriation of citizens of member countries.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/17/coronavirus-european-union-leaders-agree-to-close-borders.html

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yaesu Mar 2020 OP
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mwooldri Mar 2020 #2
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Tue Mar 17, 2020, 04:07 PM

1. Good idea.

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Tue Mar 17, 2020, 05:56 PM

2. Interesting...

Does this mean now a hard border in Northern Ireland?

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Tue Mar 17, 2020, 06:51 PM

3. According to the BBC, it's a Schengen-area rule

The measure is expected to apply to 26 EU states as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. UK citizens will be unaffected.
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The travel ban will affect all non-EU nationals from visiting the bloc, except long-term residents, family members of EU nationals and diplomats, cross-border and healthcare workers, and people transporting goods.
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The UK and the Republic of Ireland - which is part of the EU but not Schengen - will be invited to join the measure.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-51927790

And from a little before the official announcement:

As the European Commission discusses with the Member States a possible complete shut down of the Schengen open borders, including the closure of the external borders of the area, Ireland has pointed out that it would never close its borders with the Northern Ireland, part of the UK.

In spite that the Irish Government is considering the invitation of the rest of the EU to join the Schengen Members in imposing a ban to all non-EU and non-Schengen borders, while also reintroducing border checks for EU nationals, Ireland does not plan to close its border with Northern Ireland.

https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/ireland-no-border-closure-with-northern-ireland-we-are-discussing-possible-application-of-eu-restrictions/

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