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Ursula von der Leyen proposes temporary restrictions on travel to EU

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Monday announced plans for temporary travel restrictions on all “non-essential” travel to the European Union (EU), as the continent seeks to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.  

“The less travel, the more we can contain the virus. Therefore, as I have just informed our G-7 partners, I propose to the heads of state and government to introduce temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the European Union,” von der Leyen said in a video statement posted to Twitter.

She added that these “guidelines for border measures” will be in place for at least 30 days, but can be “prolonged as necessary.”

Among those exempt from the travel ban include long-term residents in the EU, family members of EU nationals and diplomats. She also added that doctors, nurses, care workers and others deemed essential to combating the coronavirus, as well as those transporting goods, will not be subject to the restrictions.