Following the lead of several other European countries, Spain yesterday announced that it is to introduce more travel restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of new strains of Covid-19 in the country. Spain has struggled to control the spread of the virus, particularly struggling over the winter period, and so the ban is hoped to bring some much-needed respite to the health system in the country. Here’s what we know about the ban, how the country is coping with Covid-19 and other Covid-related restrictions that travelers should know..
Spain’s Travel Restrictions – Information For Travelers
Spain has made the decision to impose restrictions on inbound flights coming from both Brazil and South Africa. In doing so, the country hopes to avoid importing cases of the more-virulent and more easily transmitted strains of Covid-19, with two particularly prominent strains originating in these countries and already causing a rise in cases in other countries around the world. The news follows four Brazilian travelers testing positive for Covid-19 in Madrid airport on Monday.
Several other European countries have introduced similar restrictions in the past few weeks, with countries such as France going as far as banning travel for all non-EU countries.
María Jesús Montero, a spokesperson for the Spanish government, announced the decision yesterday and said that only certain flights from those countries would be able to enter. The exceptions are:
- Flights carrying passengers who are citizens or residents of Spain or Andorra
- Flights carrying passengers in transit with stopovers of under 24 hours
Those passengers in transit will not be permitted to leave the airport’s transit area. The ban came into effect from 9 AM on Wednesday 3rd February, and is to last for at least two weeks.
Which Travelers Can Visit Spain Right Now?
Like many countries around the world, travel to Spain is highly restricted at present, with travelers encouraged to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to travel. However, whilst many are unable to visit Spain, there are still plenty who can.
Travel to Spain is possible for those who are traveling from the European Union, a country in the Schengen Area or a country that has a reciprocal travel arrangement with the country for accepting travelers. The countries that this applies to at present are Australia, China, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore and Thailand. Travelers from other countries are not permitted to enter, unless permission has been granted by the Spanish government.
Passengers must complete a Health Control Form, which will generate a QR code that must be shown upon arrival. Those coming from a “risk” country must show a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure – those countries can be found here.
Covid-19 In Spain – What Travelers Should Know
Spain has recently endured a tough few weeks with regards to Covid-19. January was the country’s worst month of the pandemic on record, with almost 900,000 cases – a third of the country’s total – recorded in this month alone.
Spain has introduced a number of measures designed to reduce the spread of the disease. The country is under a state of emergency, with a national curfew from 11PM to 6AM, and many regions have closed their internal borders. Mask wearing is mandatory in public, whilst many regions have restricted bars and restaurants to deliveries only.
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