Spain will require quarantine for all foreign visitors from Friday

According new Health Ministry order, published on Tuesday in Spain’s official gazette, the country will require from Friday, 15 May, a 14-day quarantine for all visitors coming from abroad. This rule will remain in force throughout the duration of the state of alarm, which is due to end on 24 May but may be extended by the government if other parties support such a move in the lower house of parliament, the Congress of Deputies.

In Spain, until now, this isolation period had only been applied to repatriated Spaniards and residents of Spain traveling from Italy. Starting on Friday, the same rule will apply to all international travelers, with a few exceptions.  Cross-border workers, long-haul truckers, airplane crews and health professionals on their way to work are left out of the quarantine order, as long as they have not been in contact with anyone diagnosed with Covid-19.

Travel agencies and transport companies must inform their customers about the new regulations before they sell their Spain-bound tickets, and airlines need to make sure that passengers fill out a “location card” in case they need to be contacted after their trip.

Spain is starting to loosen the grip after seven weeks of strict confinement. Authorities have reported more than 26,700 deaths for the new coronavirus and over 268,000 infections confirmed by tests.

During the quarantine period, anyone coming into Spanish territory from another country will have to remain inside their home or rented lodgings. El Pais reported Trips outside will be limited to the purchase of essential products such as food and medicine, to seek medical assistance, and for other situations of urgent necessity. Face masks must be worn at all times.

On 17 March Spain introduced controls on its land borders with France and Portugal. These will also remain in place until 24 May. Residents of other EU or Schengen states who are traveling to their Spanish residences may enter through land borders, according to an order published on 8 May.


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