The Ministry of the Interior has confirmed that at midnight next Tuesday, May 17, the land borders of Ceuta and Melilla with Morocco will be reopened, thus ending the two years and two months that said border crossings have been closed. in a decision taken at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. The date coincides with the anniversary of the wave of more than 10,000 irregular immigrants in the face of the passivity of the Moroccan police, in the midst of a crisis with this country that was officially closed two months ago with the letter from the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, to the King Mohamed VI supporting the autonomy plan for Western Sahara.

This was announced by the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, after presiding over the act for the 178th anniversary of the Civil Guard held at the Young Guards facilities in Valdemoro (Madrid).

It will be a gradual reopening, set by ministerial order. Thus, from midnight on Monday to Tuesday, the 17th of the steps of El Tarajal, in Ceuta, and Beni Enzar, in Melilla, for citizens and residents of the European Union and for those authorized to circulate in the Schengen area. Morocco will set its conditions in the opposite direction.

As of May 31, a second phase will be opened in which legally recognized cross-border workers will be able to enter Spanish territory through those same border crossings, as well as those who, due to the expiration of the card that accredits them as such, have obtained a specific visa for Ceuta and Melilla.

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