• Meuse-Rhine Gazette

Borders remain open in Euregio Meuse-Rhine

Updated: Nov 25, 2020

With the announcement of varying regulations in all three EMR countries there has been great confusion recently among border residents as to who could still cross the border and for what reasons. Earlier this week, Belgium was classified as a risk zone by both the Netherlands (Code Oranje) and Germany (Risikogebiet).

The Euregio Meuse-Rhine and its partners then made every effort to clarify the situation and to respond to the legitimate concerns of cross-border residents regarding border crossings.

Crossing into the Netherlands is permitted for journeys that residents consider necessary. 'Tourist travel' is the example that the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs cites as 'unnecessary travel'.

It is now certain that the borders with Germany (and in any case North Rhine-Westphalia) will remain open to anyone, for any reason, for less than 24 hours. On 3 October 2020, the new admission regime for North Rhine-Westphalia will enter into force.

"This result is a huge success for our residents who live, work and travel across borders. This is the result of the good relations between the different partners and it strengthens my conviction to further develop cross-border cooperation."

Luc Gillard, President of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine.

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