The European Union (EU) will take additional measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak, President Ursula Von Der Leyen said during a press video. First, the EU will install “green lanes/fast lanes”: priority should be given to essential transports like medical goods, perishable good, food and emergency services.
Second, the EU will ban all non-essential travel into Europe for the next 30 days to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Members of the Schengen travel area – including the non-EU members Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland – will not be affected by the rules, as well as the United Kingdom, who left the EU in January.
Visitors from non-EU states will not be allowed to enter the region unless they are long-term residents of the EU, family members of EU nationals, diplomats, cross-border commuters, or essential workers like doctors, nurses, and researchers.
The @EU_Commission presents guidelines on border measures & proposes:
1⃣Green lanes/fast lanes giving priority to essential transport to keep the mobility sector going & ensure economic continuity
2⃣Temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU (30 days) pic.twitter.com/9bda9MntF0
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) March 16, 2020