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PostIn Northern Europe, Travel is Nearly Back to Normal (Cameron Sawyer, Russia, 07/23/20 3:57 am)
I have been through closed borders several times since the anti-Coronavirus travel restrictions started. These restrictions have been very hard for me, as my business requires me to be in several countries on a regular, rotating basis, something which was impossible for a while.
Edward Mears (July 22nd) complains about Japanese bureaucracy, but other than the postcards and fax machines, everything in his story sounds fairly typical, and certainly aligns with my experiences talking my way through Danish, Estonian, and Finnish borders while those were closed. A residence permit was normally grounds to return through closed borders to a European country, but some countries required it to be a permanent residence permit, not a "temporary" one; that is, for a year or three. I did manage to get through closed borders every time, based on vague exceptions to the rules, with regard to which only the officer in the arrival airport could make a decision, so no pre-approval. Fortunately I was nowhere required to quarantine.
Now, in Northern Europe, the borders are fully open almost everywhere, and traveling (and life) is more or less back to normal. Which means I'm on a plane once every 2-3 days. Until the middle of July, all of these countries required arriving passengers to go through passport control lines as if they were coming from outside the Schengen zone, but even that now has been cancelled, so you fly as normally other than masks.
JE comments: Cameron, nice to hear from you. Have you returned to Moscow in the last few months? We'd love an update.
Next, a report from Tim Ashby in Mallorca.