Spain again extends travel ban on arrivals from UK, Brazil and South Africa

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The Spanish government on Tuesday announced another travel ban extension for travellers from the UK, Brazil and South Africa until at least 16 March, over the new Covid variants in those nations, news wires reported.

Spain's cabinet agreed on Tuesday to extend entry restrictions for travellers from the three nations for another two weeks, Health Minister Carolina Darias told a news conference. Only legal residents or nationals of Spain and the neighbouring micro-state of Andorra are currently allowed in on flights from these countries.

The restriction on arrivals from Britain was imposed at the end of December while the ban on arrivals from Brazil and South Africa came into effect on 3 February. This is the fifth time that Spain has extended its restrictions on arrivals from Britain.

The previous travel ban was scheduled to end on 2 March.

Flight and ferry routes from the UK, South Africa and Brazil to Spain are expected to be reduced as a result as only legal residents or nationals of Spain are allowed to board.

Transit passengers will be allowed to continue their journey through Spain as long as their layover is less than 24 hours and they don't leave the airport.

The news also means that UK second home owners who aren't residents and Britons who want to visit Spain cannot do so until further notice.

Spanish Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism Reyes Maroto on Monday told journalists in Castellon (Valencia) that her government plans to incorporate vaccine passports or certificates to the safe travel corridors they are preparing to allow the reopening of international tourism.

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