Portugal and Spain have decided to extend border control between the two countries until March 1 and add two Authorized Crossing Points (PPA) in Melgaço and Montalegre, the Ministry of Internal Administration (MAI) announced this Friday.
The Portuguese Government said in a statement that “slight adjustments have been made to the opening hours of some PPAs, as a way of better serving the interests of both sides of the border”.
In Monção, the border will start operating on working days, from 6 am to 9 am and from 5 pm to 8 pm.
“Thus, as of 00:00 on Monday, February 15, circulation between Portugal and Spain – and only in the PPAs – remains limited to the international transport of goods, cross-border workers and seasonally documented, and emergency and rescue vehicles and emergency services “, says the MAI.
Rail traffic between Portugal and Spain is also suspended, “except for goods transport, as well as river transport” between the two countries.
These limitations “do not prevent the entry into Portugal” of national citizens and holders of residence permits in Portugal, as well as the departure of citizens residing in other countries, underlines the Ministry of Internal Administration.
As part of the temporary reinstatement of people control at the Spanish borders, SEF and GNR controlled, between January 31 and February 11, almost 130 thousand people and 118 thousand vehicles.
A total of 901 people were prevented from crossing the border.
List of Authorized Waypoints (always open)
– Vila Verde da Raia
– Vilar Formoso
– Vila Verde de Ficalho
– Castro Marim
PPA on weekdays from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
PPA on working days from 6 am to 9 am and from 5 pm to 8 pm
PPA on weekdays from 7 am to 9 am and from 5 pm to 7 pm
– Miranda do Douro
– Termas de Monfortinho
PPA on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 am to 12 pm
– Rio de Onor
Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.
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