PORTUGAL (May 11, 2017) – Portugal institutes border checks for visit from pope

There will be delays when entering the country this week

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IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? Portugal has instituted temporary border checks as a security measure for Pope Francis’s visit.

What does the change mean? Travelers should carry proper identification and prepare for delays when entering Portugal this week. Border checks have been implemented at all points of entry, and all borders are being closely monitored.

  • Implementation time frame: May 10-14.
  • Who is affected: Anyone entering or leaving Portugal this week, including Portuguese and EU nationals.
  • Impact on processing times: The changes have slowed entry procedures.
  • Business impact: Businesses may need to adjust timelines for travelers who are delayed entering Portugal.

BAL Analysis: Travelers should prepare for delays when entering or leaving Portugal. Portuguese nationals should be sure to carry their ID card when crossing borders, and foreign nationals, including EU nationals, should be sure to carry their passport. Border checks are expected to be lifted Sunday, when normal Schengen Area rules will be reinstituted.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Portugal. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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