The country, accessible by plane since mid-June, reopened its road border with Spain at midnight. A breath of fresh air which tourism wishes to take advantage of, weighed down by alarmist information around the resurgence of cases of coronavirus near Lisbon.
In Portugal, the date was eagerly awaited. This July 1, the country sees its land border with its big neighbor, Spain, reopen officially and without restrictions. Since midnight yesterday, therefore, tourists and the hundreds of thousands of Portuguese emigrants in Europe can travel to the country by road for their summer holidays, crossing the Iberian Peninsula.
Air travel from France was already possible from mid-June to the country's main airports (Lisbon, Porto or Faro) from Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport and, from 26, from Orly from where the planes take off again.
"In the north of the country, traders counted the days," reports the Lusa news agency. All are impatient to "resume the centuries-old link that unites them to Galicia and Spain, and to revive their economic activity."
For the occasion, the authorities of the two countries decided to mark the coup, much further south. Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and King Felipe VI, but also Prime Ministers António Costa and Pedro Sánchez will pose for the photo this Wednesday morning on the bridge that spans the Caia River, between the village of the same name and Badajoz, at 220 km east of Lisbon.
A symbolic and promising turning point for tourism professionals in Portugal, who despair of seeing foreign customers return. The country's only land border has been closed for fifteen weeks, since March 16, the evening of the first death caused by the Covid-19.