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Spain to reopen the land borders with Morocco on 17 May

Starting next Tuesday, May 31, legally recognized cross-border workers will also be able to enter Spanish territory

18 May 2021, Spain, Ceuta: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (C) gets into a car upon his arrival in the North African Spanish enclave of Ceuta amid signs of a crisis, after nearly 7,000 people managed to reach the border fence when Moroccan officials suddenly suspended security controls. Photo: Antonio Sempere/EUROPA PRESS/dpa
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (C) gets into a car in the North African Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Photo: Antonio Sempere/dpa/File photo.

The Spanish Government will reopen the land borders of Ceuta and Melilla with Morocco at 00:00 hours on 17 May, that is, at midnight between Monday and Tuesday of next week, the Spanish government said in a statement.

The Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, will sign this week the ministerial border order that will modify the one that has kept these border crossings closed since March 2020.

The first phase of the reopening will begin at 00:00 on 17 May, at which time through the steps of El Tarajal, in Ceuta, and Beni Enzar, in Melilla, citizens and residents of the European Union and those persons authorized to enter the Schengen area.

In both categories, to access Ceuta and Melilla it will be essential to meet the health requirements established by the Ministry of Health for these land-based posts.

Starting on Tuesday, 31 May, legally recognized cross-border workers will also be able to enter Spanish territory.

Police forces reinforced

Within this gradual process, the Spanish-Moroccan working groups will determine the following categories of people and goods that will be able to access Ceuta and Melilla through the border.

The Ministry of the Interior has also announced a reinforcement of police forces in both Ceuta and Melilla.

According to the Madrid government, the reopening is the result of "bilateral work carried out with the Moroccan authorities within the framework of the roadmap agreed after the meeting held by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the King of Morocco, Mohamed VI."

Spain to reopen the land borders with Morocco on 17 May
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