The area comprises 26 European countries which abolished controls at internal borders implemented in 1995. It resembles a single state for international travel purposes with external border controls and common visas.
The Schengen Area currently covers an area mainly in Western and Southern Europe with a population of over 400 million people: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. The original Schengen Agreement was signed by Germany, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. Here is an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to the Schengen area.
The German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has confirmed that Germany will remove a travel ban on EU member states and some other countries from June 15. However, he stressed that this was not "an invitation to travel."