Portugal keeps border restrictions with Spain until mid-April

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Portugal announced on Sunday plans to keep current limits on travel by land and sea to Spain, Reuters reported. Initially the restrictions were intended to end this weekend, but under the new amendment they will stay in force until 15 April in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The restrictions came in effect on 28 January. The interior ministry said the restrictions would remain in place for a further 11 days, adding that the measures did not prevent citizens or residents of Portugal from entering the country.

Vehicles transporting goods, emergency vehicles and seasonal border workers are also exempt. Nationals from Britain, Brazil and South Africa - where more contagious coronavirus variants were first detected - or any country with an infection rate above 500 cases per 100,000 people, must quarantine for 14 days if they have entered via the land border, the statement said. Portugal, which has so far reported 780,322 Covid-19 cases and 16,879 deaths, is slowly lifting some other restrictions after a three-month nationwide lockdown came into force early this year.

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