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Closing the border with Spain has left tourists stranded. “Are we going to have to wait almost a month?” – Observer

René Gaens has been waiting for more than eight hours, standing in a kind of “no man’s land”, when we find him in a country between Portugal and Spain, on the border of Caia, in Elvas. The French photographer was in Portugal with his wife, Nicole, on a motorhome, for four weeks. They passed through the Algarve, then went up to Bragança, Porto, Lisbon and Alentejo. It was there that they planned to enter Spain, and then go on to Lyon, France, back home.

They did not succeed. This Tuesday, they were stopped by the Spanish authorities: they were not Spanish, they did not have a residence permit in the country or they transported goods. They were, therefore, at leisure – and crossing the Iberian peninsula at leisure was prohibited since Monday, a joint decision of the Portuguese and Spanish governments.

With the closure of land borders between Portugal and Spain, “only the circulation of goods vehicles, national citizens or residents in Portugal, as resident in Spain in the opposite direction, diplomatic personnel, and for access to healthcare will be allowed”, Described the Minister of Internal Administration.

The measure has effects in new places where it was possible to cross between the two countries. And he ended up holding several people, for several hours, at the border of Caia, for example. Spain does not allow anyone who is not Spanish to enter and the main victims are the countless tourists who were in Portugal, before the decision was made, and who, with caravans, have no alternative but to cross Spanish territory to reach their country of residence. origin, many of the France and Germany cases.

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