13 May, 2022 @ 16:30
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Land borders to reopen between Spain’s enclaves and Morocco 

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A group of young Moroccans wait at the border between Spain and Morocco to return to their country Ceuta, Thursday, May 20, 2021. Thousands of migrants jumped or swam around a border fence to reach European soil this week after Morocco loosened its border patrols//THEVENINBRUNO_1911.26115/2105211238/Credit:Bruno Thevenin/SIPA/2105211244 *** Local Caption *** 01020369

PEOPLE will be able to cross between Morocco and Spain’s North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla for the first time since before the pandemic hit when the borders reopen next week.

The borders were closed when Covid-19 hit in March 2020 and have remained shut since amid diplomatics tensions between the two countries over the disputed region of Western Sahara.

But relations have thawed following a visit by Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to Rabat last month that led to the restarting of ferry routes across the Mediterranean and a pledge to reopen land borders.

Spain’s Interior Minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, announced this week that the reopening will start gradually from May 17.

However, crossings will be initially limited to residents of Europe’s passport-free Schengen area and their family members, and will then be extended to cross-border workers by the end of the month.


Fiona Govan

Fiona Govan joined The Olive Press in March 2021. She moved to Spain in 2006 to be The Daily Telegraph’s Madrid correspondent and then worked for six years as Editor of The Local Spain. She lives in Madrid’s Malasaña district with her dog Rufus.

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