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Schengen borders to close 17 Mar 2020 09:18 #114547

Well, went out to car to load and find a flat tyre. Tyre alarm went off yesterday, but didn't spot anything. Found screw on inside shoulder this morning and now stood outside garage for repair. Of course, modern car only has 4 tyres and an aerosol can.
But is first puncture for well over a decade, probably over 20 years.
1200 ferry to UK???

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Schengen borders to close 17 Mar 2020 09:09 #114546

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"just as non-essential travel is already discouraged within some countries."

As of today in France

Not only discouraged, illegal, with fines up to 130 Euro for non compliance.

Reasons for personal travel.

Going to work - work from home if possible.

Going food shopping

Looking after the elderly or inform

Personal exercise, not groups, close to home, with partner or animal excepted

Health visit, doctor / pharmacy.


Each time out of home, an attestation must be carried with the reason for your travel, signed and dated.

So even if travel from the UK is allowed, you are pretty confined when getting here.

I'm not sure that the police will accept that to travel from, say Calais to Auxonne to visit a boat, that cannot cruise anywhere as essential

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Schengen borders to close 16 Mar 2020 22:48 #114537

I think Paul and Balliol are referring to different things!

Balliol cites a news report about "EU is banning the “non-essential” entry of all foreign nationals". The EU still includes the UK for this, as Andy says.

Paul is referring to movement within Schengen, as yet unverified - though very possibly true, just as non-essential travel is already discouraged within some countries.

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Schengen borders to close 16 Mar 2020 22:37 #114535

As the Schengen border is actually the Channel (UK has never joined Schengen) there is a grey area. We should all have had Schengen visas - but in the past this has been waived.

Well done to Pete Milne (UK-BE) and Colin Stone (FR from CH and beyond) - border busters.

I think it is about to become more difficult.............

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Schengen borders to close 16 Mar 2020 22:14 #114532

As the Schengen border is actually the Channel (UK has never joined Schengen) there is a grey area. We should all have had Schengen visas - but in the past this has been waived.

Well done to Pete Milne (UK-BE) and Colin Stone (FR from CH and beyond) - border busters.

I think it is about to become more difficult.............

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Schengen borders to close 16 Mar 2020 21:51 #114529

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You are correct, but he did not say he was closing the Schengen borders, he said that it had been decided that the Schengen borders will be closed.

My interpretation is that the perimeter of Schengen will be closed, with individual states in Schengen making their own arrangements.

It was also stated that citizens will be allowed to travel back to their own Schengen state from another such state. e.g. Swiss people will be allowed to go back home from Germany.
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Schengen borders to close 16 Mar 2020 21:51 #114528

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Schengen borders to close 16 Mar 2020 21:28 #114526

Understood, Paul. I feel the important thing is to offer provenance as soon as possible. Politicians say a lot of things at the moment and Macron doesn't control Schengen.

He'd have a lot of trouble closing the border I crossed at 110kph this evening! :)

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Schengen borders to close 16 Mar 2020 21:13 #114524

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Mr Macron stressed several times, France is at war with this virus.

Army hospital units being mobilised in the Alsace.

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Schengen borders to close 16 Mar 2020 21:10 #114523

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The French President, Mr Macron spoke to the nation tonight, starting at 20.00 he spoke for nearly 30 minutes.

Salient points
All Schengen borders will be closed as of midday tomorrow (Tuesday).
Only vital travel throughout the county, non compliance punishable.
No walks in parks
No family gatherings outside.
Do not visit unless absolutely necessary.
Home work if possible.
Plus financial help where needed.

Basically, as close to a curfew as possible, without saying it.

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Schengen borders to close 16 Mar 2020 21:03 #114521

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Yes Pete
But I was typing whilst listening to Me Macron, French President at the time.
I thought getting the news out more important than niceties, they can come later.

The important try Hong is it's ALL Schengen borders, not just France

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Schengen borders to close 16 Mar 2020 20:25 #114517

Is there a more authoritative reference for that, rather than just Macron?

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Schengen borders to close 16 Mar 2020 20:18 #114516

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Macron speaking, 20.15.
All Schengen borders closed as of 12.00 tomorrow.

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