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Borders shut between Spain and Portugal for Pope's visit
09 May 2017 @ 14:11

BORDER crossings between Spain and Portugal will be restricted between Wednesday and Saturday this week inclusive due to the Pope's visit to the Sanctuary of Fátima.

The frontier between the province of Pontevedra in the north-western region of Galicia will only be accessible via the international bridge and, for pedestrians, bicycles and motorbikes, the old Tui-Valença bridge, until midnight on Saturday.

Passport control – normally absent as Spain and Portugal are within the Schengen zone – will be reinstated temporarily in these areas.

The Goián-Vilanova de Cerveira, the Salvaterra do Miño-Monção and the Arbo-Melgaço routes will remain shut for four days.

Authorities in both countries have warned that anyone planning to cross over into Portugal from Spain or vice versa this week must remember to bring their passport or, in the case of Spanish nationals, their DNI or national ID card, and to allow plenty of extra time.



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