The passage will allow crossing for students and people who need to reach the other side for health reasons.
The Venezuelan government announced the opening of a humanitarian corridor on its border with Colombia to allow passage for students who live one side but go to school in the other one, and for citizens that need medical attention. Beyond this, the rest of the border remains closed.
The instruction to open the corridor was given by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and came into effect Monday at 5:00 am local time.
Hundreds of students traveled to their schools over the two main bridge crossing of Simon Bolivar and Francisco de Paula Santander located in the bordering Tachira state.
The border has been closed since Feb. 22 when the Venezuelan government determined that there were threats to national security coming from the Colombian side, and after the Colombian government openly supported the unauthorized and failed attempts of USAID supplies to enter Venezuela.
Escolares ya se encuentran pasando de Venezuela a Colombia por los puentes Francisco de Paula Santander y Simón Bolívar, este paso se dá luego de que el Gobierno de Venezuela habilitara corredor humanitario. @teleSURtv pic.twitter.com/jzUlABw2gL— Tatiana Portela (@PortellateleSUR) 11 de marzo de 2019