Portugal and Spain signed this Wednesday (July 1) the reopening of the borders between the two countries.
The borders have been closed for three and a half months, since March 16, as a result of the pandemic caused by Covid-19, making land transit between Portugal and Spain impossible.
To celebrate the reopening, the two countries held official ceremonies between the governments of Portugal and Spain that were attended by King Felipe, of Spain, and the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the awards Pedro Sánchez and António Costa that opened the border solemnly.
In the opinion of the Portuguese Prime Minister, the reopening of the border between Portugal and Spain is a reunion between neighbors who are brothers and friends! For António Costa, prosperity depends on open borders and, in the words of the Prime Minister of Portugal, “The pandemic offered us a vision of a past to which we do not want to return: a continent with closed borders.”
Portugal and Spain waged an intense struggle to reduce the number of people infected by Covid-19 and are now standing side by side to resume the countries’ economy, responding to the consequences of the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus.
After three months, the reopening of borders and the return of movement of people bring hopes and positive signs for the resumption of travel and tourism, an important source of income for thousands of people and companies working in this sector.