French-Italian border reopens in southeast France

Taillights of cars waiting in traffic. As borders between France and Italy reopened, drivers were faced with long waits to cross the border into France.
As borders between France and Italy reopened, drivers were faced with long waits to cross the border into France. Aayush Srivastava/Pexels

Police controls at the border in Menton (Alpes-Maritimes, ‎Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur) caused queues and frustration for drivers crossing over from Italy into France, with each country imposing different regulations for travellers.

The land border between France and Italy reopened yesterday (June 3) in Menton.

But drivers were faced with long waits to cross the border into France, despite promises of easy travel from Bernard Gonzalez, the prefect of Alpes-Maritimes.  

Earlier that morning, he said: “If you are French, you can come and go to Italy freely and without constraint.” 

However, to enter France from Italy, travellers are asked for a permission slip stating the reason for travel, proof of address and proof of ID. By contrast, to enter Italy from the French side, travellers need only a mask and a ...

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