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EU May Keep External Border Closed – Which Could Create Problems for Some EU Countries

Written by Charlie

The EU has a recommendation to extend their external border closures even further. But, this may be the most difficult extension yet for some EU countries.

The number of new cases of coronavirus has been going down in many countries each week. Europe has been opening bit by bit within their member countries as all of Europe looked to welcome international visitors as of June 15.

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Yet, the European Commission met last Friday with ministers from every EU country and they made the recommendation that the external EU borders stay closed for another two weeks, until July 1.

This was led, in part, by Estonia saying they do not feel ready to welcome international visitors yet. According to reports, the decision was met with “almost” unanimous support by the member countries.

This is how it has happened each of the last times that the external EU borders were closed and then the closures were extended – the European Commission made the recommendation and then member countries enforced the closure.

Why This is a Problem for Some Countries

But, this time, I can guess who were part of the group that kept the decision from being unanimous – Italy and Greece. Italy has already opened their borders to international visitors as of last week. And Greece has made a lot of international noise about “opening to the world” as of June 15.

Both Italy and Greece rely heavily on tourism for their economies yet how they both were hit with the virus was completely different. Italy was one of the hardest and earliest hit countries while Greece kept their total number of infections to under 3,000. Yet, both countries have been busy welcoming/inviting tourists to visit their shores.

So, what will happen if the EU border closures (external) stay in effect until July 1? There is some speculation that some countries may not go along with that, which would likely make other EU countries want the internal borders with those country to be closed until July 1.

Greece Has a Great Plan – But, Now What?

In the case of Greece, they have laid out a very well thought-out and strategic plan which was to use June 15 – 30 as a phase to bring in people with testing for some. It would let Greece balance out their incoming visitor stream with how they handle the new protocols.

Also, there are a lot of people who had already bought tickets to Greece, based on the words of the prime minister that the country would be open as of June 15. Even though quarantines would be required for people originating from certain cities, many of these passengers were family members of people in Greece. So, quarantining was not a big concern.

This is going to make problems for airlines as well as they face more cancellations due to another border closure extension. Even though this extension would only be for 2 weeks, it could be the most difficult and controversial yet.

Did you have plans to go to any country in Europe between June 15 – 30?

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Charlie

Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.

8 Comments

  • LOL. You can’t make it up. Greece should not follow through with this advice. If other countries then close their borders in retaliation it will just reflect the fact that there is little in the way of real solidarity in the EU. PS. watch the cancellations for the whole summer soar if they do do this (people are already skeptical). I am about to just give up and go to Italy or stay state side maybe in Cali or somewhere else this summer. It’s too much of a hassle. I’m waiting till Delta cancels my flight again though.

  • Yes, we had plans to go to Germany/Poland/Czech Republic. Party of 8. Whether we can legally go or not, the rules are so unpleasant while being there is that we cancelled the trip and are going to Mexico instead. We will spend our money where we feel welcome.

  • Charlie,

    A fan of your blog.

    I believe this should be clarified:

    “The number of new cases of coronavirus has been going down around the world each week.”

    That is not accurate per WHO or other new coronavirus case data aggregators. In fact, according to WHO and Worldometers, new case count is actually increasing and consistently exceeding 100,000 per day since May 27th.

    • Yes, keep the world economy shut down for the CCP flu. So you can handle other business with impunity while the rest are distracted. Wonder how Hong Kong is doing today..

    • I know Germans like to think it’s their continent, but it is not. You will travel to 12 countries and spend what? You don’t spend, we do.

  • When is the boarders from nigeria to the U.S GOING TO REOPEN SO MY FIANCE CAN GET HOME TO OUR KIDS. AND YES HE IS A U.S. RESIDENT. SO WHY KEEP HIM THERE LONGER THEN HE NEEDS TO BE SPECIALLY WHEN HE HAS HIS OWN PRIVATE JET. SO IT WILL BE HIM AND THE 2 PILOTS AND CO PILOTS COMONG ACROSS? UR ALREADY REOPENING UP THINGS AND TRUMP MADE IT CLEAR THERE WONT BE NO MORE CLOSING EVERYTHING DOWN AGAIN. SO LET HIM COME HOME. THANK U.

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