France/Switzerland: Long queues as Switzerland reopens border for workers

Long traffic jams were seen in St-Julien-en-Genevois, located at French-Swiss border cross on Monday, as Switzerland began gradually reopening its borders to neighbour countries. Both French and Swiss customs officers were largely deployed, allowing for the moment the entry to the foreigners working in Switzerland and presenting the proof such as a valid working permit and a contract. The private... Еще visits along with shopping and leisure tourism to the country are still forbidden. Commenting on recent changes, a French man working in Geneva said the border officers became 'more active' at the border cross: «in the past, they were here once a week, maybe a bit more, now it will be every day, we know we will need to have our work permits and contracts on us anytime.» According to statistics, the French border cross to Geneva has a daily influx of 120,000 people, mainly being working commuters from France. The movement has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, constraining the governments to close state borders in an attempt to stop the spread of disease.

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