Spain Travel Update: UK Ban Lifted
The Spanish government has announced that it is lifting the ban on air and sea arrivals from the United Kingdom that had been in place since December in a bid to contain the spread of a new coronavirus variant.
The UK entry ban will last only until 30 March. Passengers traveling to Spain from the UK will have to show a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival.
On the other hand, restrictions for travellers coming from Brazil and South Africa will remain in place and have been extended until 13 April.
Based on EU recommendation, new measures were established that all persons flying from any airport located in Africa, Botswana, Brazil, Comoros, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Peru, and Colombia to Spain, with or without any layovers, must self-isolate for ten days after entering Spain.
If the stay in Spain is shorter than ten days, the travellers can be excluded from the measures on the seventh day if they undergo a Coronavirus test which results negative.
The Spanish government informed that all persons must not leave their accommodation places during the self-isolation period, must not meet with any third-party person, and must limit non-essential travel.
They are only allowed to carry out the following activities:
- Purchase food and medications
- Provide assistance to healthcare centres
- Force majeure or emergency situations
Officials asserted that they are very concerned about the spread of the new virus variants in Brazil and Africa, as it affects nearby countries and could decrease the vaccines’ efficacy.
Recently Spain extended internal land border controls with Portugal until April 6 in accordance with the country’s Ministry of Interior.
Although the Spanish decision is welcome news to British nationals, it makes a little difference as the British government currently bans foreign travel from the UK except for health, work and other essential reasons
A new legislation has been proposed on 22 March, that anyone traveling outside England “without a reasonable excuse” should face a fine of £5,000. This legislation will be voted on 25 March 2021 and if passed, the law will come into force on 29 March.
Currently, those who do need to travel overseas must fill out a government form explaining their reason for flying. This must be presented to carriers before departure.
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