Coronavirus travel hell for Brits with 40 MILE queues as Europe agrees to slams its borders shut – The Sun

THE coronavirus has sparked travel chaos across Europe with 40-mile queues at borders after the EU slammed shut its doors.

The deadly outbreak has now infected more than 60,000 people and killed 3,400 after tearing through the continent.

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 Huge tailbacks at the border between Germany and Poland today

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Huge tailbacks at the border between Germany and Poland todayCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 The massive queues stretched back for nearly 40 miles in some places

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The massive queues stretched back for nearly 40 miles in some placesCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Governments are now taking drastic measures to slow the spread, including lockdowns and travel restrictions.

And there was chaos at borders across the EU after countries reintroduced checks across the previously passport-free Schengen Area.

Dramatic pictures show queues of lorries and cars tailed back nearly 40 miles at the frontier between Poland and Lithuania.

Janina Stukiene, who was stuck in the traffic with her husband and son, said: “We are all desperate, cold and sleepless here for a third day.

“We just want to go home.”pain

Similar traffic jams were visible on the borders with Germany and the Czech Republic.

BORDER CHAOS

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said leaders agreed to set up green lanes for trucks and other priority vehicles aimed at beating the jams.

Spain, France, Germany and Bulgaria have now all blocked travel even with countries in the free-moving Schengen zone.

Border guards were this week seen locking off crossings between Spain and France, Portugal and Spain, and Switzerland and France.

At least seven countries – including Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland – have now told the EU they have reintroduced ID checks inside Europe’s passport-free Schengen Area.

The EU also announced last night it was closing its borders to almost everyone coming from outside the bloc for 30 days.

 A Polish health official checks the temperature of people crossing from Germany

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A Polish health official checks the temperature of people crossing from GermanyCredit: AFP or licensors
 Foreign motorists protest at the Austrian border with Hungary

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Foreign motorists protest at the Austrian border with HungaryCredit: EPA
 Austrian border checkpoint in Hegyeshalom, northwestern Hungary

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Austrian border checkpoint in Hegyeshalom, northwestern HungaryCredit: EPA
 Vehicles line up during a sanitary control on the Polish-Lithuanian border in Budzisko

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Vehicles line up during a sanitary control on the Polish-Lithuanian border in BudziskoCredit: EPA
 Trucks sit in a traffic jam near the Antwerp Port in Antwerp, Belgium

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Trucks sit in a traffic jam near the Antwerp Port in Antwerp, BelgiumCredit: AP:Associated Press
 A cop diverts cars from a line of trucks stretching over 40km

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A cop diverts cars from a line of trucks stretching over 40kmCredit: Getty Images – Getty

 

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 Cops set up roadblocks at Poland's border with the Czech Republic

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Cops set up roadblocks at Poland’s border with the Czech RepublicCredit: AP:Associated Press
 Police stop cars at France's border with Spain

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Police stop cars at France’s border with SpainCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 Huge crowds at Majorca Airport in Spain as travellers rushed to leave before the lockdown

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Huge crowds at Majorca Airport in Spain as travellers rushed to leave before the lockdownCredit: Splash News
 A traveller rests on his bag on the floor at the airport in Malaga, Spain

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A traveller rests on his bag on the floor at the airport in Malaga, SpainCredit: Reuters

The 27 member states agreed to impose bans on tourism and non-essential business “immediately”.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said there would be “very, very limited exceptions”.

The plan exempts long-term EU residents, diplomats, and some healthcare and transport workers.

Merkel said citizens of Britain, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Norway are also exempt.

EU SHUTS DOORS

The EU leaders also agreed to coordinate the repatriation of EU citizens stranded outside the bloc, she said.

In Italy, infections jumped to 31,506 on Tuesday. With 2,503 deaths, Italy accounts for a third of the global death toll.

Spain, the fourth-most infected country, saw its cases rise by more than 2,000 in one day, and the number now stands at 13,716.

Deaths from COVID-19 jumped to 491, a toll that included 17 elderly residents of a Madrid nursing home who died over five days.

Among them was the 86-year-old diabetic grandmother of Ainhoa Ruiz.

Ruiz said: “We feel totally helpless and devastated because my grandma spent her last week only with her husband and caretakers but no other relatives.”

 People on the banks of the River Seine in Paris before and after France's total lockdown

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People on the banks of the River Seine in Paris before and after France’s total lockdownCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 The Eiffel Tower before and after the lockdown

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The Eiffel Tower before and after the lockdownCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 Esplanade des Invalides in Paris before and after the lockdown

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Esplanade des Invalides in Paris before and after the lockdownCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 A German cop stops cars at the border crossing to France yesterday

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A German cop stops cars at the border crossing to France yesterdayCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 German police check documents at the border with Denmark

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German police check documents at the border with DenmarkCredit: Claus Fisker
 Polish cops completely sealed off this border crossing with Slovakia

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Polish cops completely sealed off this border crossing with SlovakiaCredit: EPA
 Portuguese officers control the border crossing with Spain

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Portuguese officers control the border crossing with SpainCredit: EPA
 People wait for their flight at the airport in Malaga, Spain

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People wait for their flight at the airport in Malaga, SpainCredit: Reuters
 Woman with her daughter wait for their flight from Spain today

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Woman with her daughter wait for their flight from Spain todayCredit: Reuters
 Police at the Spanish border with France at La Jonquera

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Police at the Spanish border with France at La JonqueraCredit: Reuters

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Brit roughed up by police in Malaga amid coronavirus lockdown

 


Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11197266/coronavirus-travel-border-queues-europe/

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