the border with Spain is open but not for sightseeing or shopping

    the border with Spain is open but not for sightseeing or shopping

    Except curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. in France, it is now possible to travel without a certificate. But what about across the border, among our Spanish neighbors? The Franco-Spanish border is open but in Aragon and Catalonia, traffic is restricted.

    The border between France and Spain is open. The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs provides information on its website:

    “Transit through Spain by land and air is possible at any time.”

    On the other hand, some regions limit entry and exit into their territory, as in Catalonia. This morning, at the Franco-Spanish border, in Melles-Pont-du-Roy, a long queue has formed “but the Catalan autonomous police force forbids unauthorized vehicles from entering this autonomous community. French light vehicles are therefore invited to turn around.”

    Four autonomous communities on the border with France apply severe traffic restrictions on entering and leaving their territory until January 6. These are the Basque Country, the Foral Community of Navarre, Catalonia and Aragon.

    To go to Catalonia or Aragon, border regions of Occitania, it is better to know the regulations, which may change.

    Supporting documents for entering Catalonia or Aragon

    • Acquisition of medicines, health products and other basic necessities
    • Medical appointments
    • Consultations at veterinary centers for proven emergencies
    • Professional, administrative, legal or judicial obligations
    • School, university and learning obligations
    • Return to habitual residence
    • Assistance to vulnerable people (elderly, minors, people placed in guardianship or guardianship, disabled people)
    • Case of proven force majeure
    • Access to service stations used to ensure the activities mentioned above.


    At the Franco-Spanish border this morning, the Catalan autonomous police recalled that only the following are authorized to return to Catalonia:

    Goods transport vehicles, cross-border workers and business trips with proof. Failure to comply with these measures results in a fine of 300 euros. Restrictions that also apply to the Autonomous Community of Aragon.

    Particularities

    In Aragon, in the cities of Zaragoza, Huesca and Teruel, wearing a mask is compulsory and a curfew is imposed from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

    Restaurants and hotels must close their doors at 10 p.m. with a 50% limit. Ditto for shops and shopping centers.

    Unlike in France, museums, cinema, theaters, etc. remain accessible with a limitation on reception capacity which drops to 25%.

    Smoking and drinking on public roads remain prohibited and in public transport physical distancing must be observed.

    In Catalonia, entry and exit is severely limited. The curfew is in place throughout the country and the population is recommended to stay at home with the ban on receiving more than 6 people. Bars are closed and restaurants must stop their service at 9:30 p.m. and hotels must reduce their capacity by half. Shops and shopping centers remain open with a restriction on reception. Cultural and worship places are accessible but subject to a strict health protocol.

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    On the French side, the police carry out border checks but visits to families are authorized.

    The Principality of Andorra remains accessible and does not impose the same protocols.

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