Many different European countries form the Schengen Area. They share open borders. You can travel through these countries without passport control or any immigration rules. Well… until corona happened.
- in lockdown – in a situation in which people are not allowed to enter or leave a place or area freely because of an emergency
- border – a line separating one country or state from another
- border post – a border checkpoint, where people, cars, etc., are searched by someone before being allowed to continue
- to put a strain on something – to make something more difficult to manage
- temporary – not lasting for a long time; not permanent
- exception – a case where a rule does not apply
- to fast-track – to make things happen faster or earlier than normal
- lorries – trucks (vehicle that transport stuff)
- essentials – things that are absolutely necessary
- Which borders does the BBC reporter cross?
- Can you still get across from one European country to another without checks?
- Why are the rules different for lorries?
Extra knowledge questions
- How many Schengen countries are there?
- Is the Netherlands one of the Schengen countries?