Today the Commission invited Schengen Member States and Schengen Associated States to prolong the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU until 15 May. The experience of Member States and other countries exposed to the pandemic shows the measures applied to fight the spread of the virus require more than 30 days to be effective. The Commission calls for a coordinated approach to the prolongation, as action at the external borders can only be effective if implemented by all EU and Schengen States at all borders, with the same end date and in a uniform manner.
The travel restriction, as well as the invitation to extend it, applies to the ‘EU+ area', which includes all Schengen Member States (including Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania) and the 4 Schengen Associated States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) – 30 countries in total.
- Communication on assessment of state of play of the Communication on non-essential travel
- Press release "Coronavirus: Commission invites Member States to prolong restriction on non-essential travel to the EU until 15 May"
- Frequently Asked Questions on Communication COM(2020)115 and Communication C(2020)2050
- Temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU (COM(2020)115)
- Guidance on the implementation of the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU (C(2020)2050)
- Questions & answers for people travelling to and from the EU during the pandemic
- Publication date
- 8 April 2020