BRUSSELS – Open borders soon?

Belgium aims to reopen its borders to tourists by 15 June, but this would largely depend on neighbouring countries’ decisions, according to Belgian interior minister Pieter De Crem.

In Germany, “the aim is that, if the evolution of the infections allows it, border controls will be terminated from 15 or 16 June,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in the German Parliament.

Belgium, too, wants to reopen its borders “no later than the date suggested by Merkel. But if possible, even earlier,” De Crem told VTM NEWS.

“We have good ties with Paris, but they remain in charge of their own safety and public health,” De Crem said on the question whether travel to France would be possible.

“We have to be as good as certain that the virus will not catch up with us. It is almost impossible to double back on a rule like this once it has been abolished,” De Crem said, adding that reinstating international travel in Europe would be a far-reaching measure.

(Alexandra Brzozowski |

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