The borders between Portugal and Spain were closed between 16 March and 30 June due to the Covid-19 pandemic. During that period, 875 citizens crossed authorized border points, with almost 6.800 being prevented from passing, with 36 detainees, according to government data.
The more than 882 thousand citizens were controlled by the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF), with the GNR supervising 785 thousand vehicles, detaining 46 people due to the practice of several crimes. Per day, SEF had 308 inspectors at the borders with the GNR having 340 military personnel, according to the balance sheet of the Ministry of Internal Administration.
As of today, SEF inspectors and GNR military personnel will “remain at the land border with Spain, in order to ensure that citizens entering national territory are fully informed of the measures in force in Portugal in the context of combat to the COVID-19 pandemic ”, according to the Ministry of Internal Administration.
"Thus, mobile controls of random and temporary character will be made to vehicles for the collective transport of passengers, motorhomes and light vehicles, in Valença, Quintanilha, Vilar Formoso, Caia and Castro Marim", according to the tutelage.
"The Minister of Internal Administration welcomes the commitment of the professionals who carried out this exceptional mission, namely those who were transferred from other locations to the land borders as a matter of urgency, on March 16," according to the statement.
Exceptional transit situations were only foreseen at Authorized Transit Points (PPA), where the following numbers of citizens were checked:
Since March 16:
- Valença, Viana do Castelo - 339.634
- Vila Verde da Raia, Chaves - 106.918
- Quintanilha, Bragança - 34.225
- Vilar Formoso, Guarda - 111.363
- Termas de Monfortinho, Castelo Branco - 18.401
- Marvão, Portalegre - 9.363
- Caia, Elvas - 136.047
- Vila Verde de Ficalho, Beja - 34.247
- Castro Marim, Faro - 66.507
Since May 4:
. S. Leonardo, Mourão (weekdays, from 7 am to 00 am and from 9 pm to 00 pm) - 18
Since June 1:
. Rio de Onor, Bragança (on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 10 am to 00 pm) - 12
. Tourém, Montalegre (on Mondays and Thursdays, from 6 am to 00 am and from 8 pm to 00 pm) - 17
. Barrancos - (on Mondays and Thursdays, from 6 am to 00 am and from 8 pm to 00 pm) - 17
Since June 11:
. Vila Nova de Cerveira (weekdays, between 7 am and 00 pm) - 21
. Monção (weekdays, between 7 am and 00 pm) - 21
. Melgaço (weekdays, between 7 am and 00 pm) - 21
. Miranda do Douro (weekdays, between 7 am and 00 pm) - 21