Portugal and Spain today mark the reopening of borders with state honors. Participating in the ceremony are the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and the King of Spain, Philip VI, in addition to other Portuguese and Spanish government entities.
The ceremonies, at the highest level, will take place in Badajoz and Elvas, with special political symbolism, also bringing together the heads of state and government of the two Iberian countries.
The Portuguese-Spanish land border was closed 3 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with crossing points exclusively for the transport of goods and for cross-border workers.
Hours after reopening, morning, official ceremonies will take place, with the participation of the President of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, of the king of Spain, Felipe VI, of the Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, and the head of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, primeiro, in Badajoz, and then in Elvas.
According to the program published, at 9:30 am in Portugal (10h30 in Spain) there will be a ceremony at the Archaeological Museum of Badajoz, where the hymns of both countries will be performed and there will be a family photo. Fifteen minutes later, a similar ceremony will take place, at the Castle of Elvas.
The Minister of Industry, Spanish Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, started by announcing the reopening of the borders with Portugal for the day 22 de Junho, announcement to which the Portuguese Government reacted with surprise, then the day was agreed 01 de Julho.
Portugal will follow the guidelines of the European Commission, which is against the discriminatory restriction of travelers traveling within the European Union, and the Spanish authorities have already revealed that from the opening of borders, there will only be controls at airports, not at the land border.
Spain joined at 0:00 of day 21 de Junho, in the so-called ‘new normality’, with the end of obstacles to the movement of people across the territory and the opening of borders with European countries (Schengen) with the exception of Portugal, at the request of Lisbon.