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Member countries of the European Union are in disagreement about how long to maintain travel restrictions. But expect most travel in and out of the bloc to stay blocked at least through July 1.

The European Union will only fully open internal borders by the end of June and begin lifting restrictions on travel to and from other countries in July, EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson said on Friday.

Johansson told a news conference after a video call among EU interior ministers that most EU governments would lift internal border controls by June 15, but that some would take until the end of the month to do so.

“So that means that internal border controls are lifted by the end of June, I guess. We should consider the gradual lifting of restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU early July,” she said.

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(Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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Photo credit: EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson talking at an earlier press conference. European Commission

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