A temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU is set to be imposed for a period of 30 days , European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said.
“The less travel, the more we can contain the virus,” Ms von der Leyen said.
“I propose to the heads of state in governments to introduce a temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the European Union,” she added.
The restrictions will be in place for an initial 30 days but this “can be prolonged as necessary”.
Exemptions are included for long-term residents of the EU and family members of EU residents and diplomats.
“Essential staff such as doctors, nurses, careworkers, researchers and experts that help address the coronavirus should continue to be allowed in the European Union.
“People transporting goods are exempted too,” she said, including essential items such as medicines and food.
Ms von der Leyen said that to be effective, the restrictions would need to be implemented in the four Schengen states.