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More than 6000 people turned away at the Spanish land border during the second lockdown

Around 6100 people have been turned away at the Spanish border for not having “essential reasons” to enter Portugal during the second lockdown, according to Portugal Resident. The majority of those refused entry were reportedly immigrants from various countries, and SEF now has a bilingual service (Portuguese and English) at the 16 designated crossing to accommodate the complicated situation.

That said, the runup to Easter saw a significant number of Portuguese citizens arriving at the land border, who were able to enter the country and told to remain in the boroughs where they were staying in line with general restrictions.

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