The governor of the department of Norte de Santander, Silvano Serrano, has announced that the border between Colombia and Venezuela, which was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will reopen on June 1st.
Serrano has stated on Caracol Radio that the reopening will take place as part of the “economic reactivation of biosecurity” at the border, and has indicated that the Colombian Ministry of Social Protection will work together to ensure that all security protocols are entered into by Venezuelan and Colombian citizens are adhered to to Colombia.
Likewise, it was stipulated that the Colombian authorities will work by June 1st to provide security to citizens and put in place special surveillance mechanisms for the application of immigration controls.
Colombian health authorities have so far confirmed more than 3.1 million people infected with COVID-19 and more than 82,700 deaths from the disease. For its part, Venezuela has recorded more than 219,000 cases and 2,400 deaths from COVID-19.
Colombia also announced on Wednesday the reopening of the sea, land and river border crossings with Peru, Ecuador, Panama and Brazil.