The European Commission is planning to suspend all non-essential travel throughout Europe’s Schengen free-travel zone as more countries close their borders to try to control the spread of coronavirus.
Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she would ask leaders to implement the measures on Tuesday.
“The less travel, the more we can contain the virus,” she said.
French President Emmanuel Macron earlier said the EU’s external borders would be closed to travellers.
Long-term residents, family members of EU nationals and diplomats would be exempt as well as cross-border and healthcare workers and people transporting goods, Ms von der Leyen said during a video conference.
The measures would be in place for at least thirty days.
The Schengen agreement allows people to move freely between EU countries without border checks. Citizens of non-Schengen EU member states will also be invited to apply the travel ban, including the UK.
Ms. Von Der Leyen’s remarks came ahead a video-summit with EU leaders on Tuesday hosted by European Council chief Charles Michel.