Spain plans keeping borders closed until July

Spanish authorities are planning to keep borders closed to most travellers from abroad until July to try and avoid a second wave of coronavirus contagion, Reuters reported citing foreign ministry sources. Land borders with France and Portugal have been closed since a state of emergency was declared in mid-March to fight the pandemic, pushing the economy to a near stand-still and hitting its key tourism sector hard.

Spain has started easing the lockdown for its residents as the pandemic gets under control and decided in parallel to apply a two-week quarantine for foreign travellers, practically shutting the border to air and maritime travel to avoid importing new cases from other countries.

The quarantine measure is due to expire on 24 May when the state of emergency is to end, but both can be extended. In any case, restrictions on travel are likely to remain in place for much longer, no matter how crucial tourism is for the Spanish economy. “When we reach the new normal we can start opening borders with Schengen countries, we are talking about opening to these countries in early July,” one of the sources said.

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