The Spanish government has extended the ban on British holidaymakers.
The Olive Press, a newspaper for expats living in Spain, reports that the country has banned non-EU citizens until June 15.
Officials have excluded everyone except Spanish citizens, frontier workers and anyone who has essential reasons for coming to Spain.
The new order also closes all land borders with the land areas bordering Morocco – Ceuta and Mellila.
The UK Department of Foreign Affairs and Commonwealth has discouraged all essential travel, but British travelers who are not residents and / or who are not in possession of a green residence permit should not attempt to enter Spain.
After the destruction by the Coronavirus outbreak, Spain had already introduced a series of travel restrictions.
At the time of the announcement of the earlier restrictions, the Minister of Tourism announced that there would be even stricter travel controls.
Spanish Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto told the local newspaper El Pais: “We have to guarantee that when international tourism starts, the person who comes to Spain is a safe person …” The problem of borders will go hand in hand with the development of the health crisis. Therefore I don’t have the solution when [they will be able to open]”How we can enjoy our beaches, we define different scenarios.”
“It is very important that the sanitary recommendations are maintained, we will have to internalize what we are already doing, wash hands, take social distance … even on the beaches.
“Those patterns will be in our daily lives for a while, you can’t take a step back.”
Spain has had more than 200,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 23,000 reported deaths, although the number has decreased after weeks of closure.
Now that the measures have eased, the country has started shopping in small establishments and enjoying a meal in terrace restaurants.
But until there is little risk of Covid -19, the government is on its guard and restricts access to five airports and eight ports.
The airports are Barajas in Madrid, El Prat in Barcelona, Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, Málaga-Costa del Sol and Palma de Mallorca in the Balearic Islands.
The ports of entry are Barcelona, Bilbao, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Malaga, Palma, Tenerife, Valencia and Vigo.
As of today, Friday, May 15, all foreign travelers, including Spanish nationals and residents, must be quarantined for 14 days.
Travelers can now enter Spain only under the following conditions:
- They are registered as a resident of Spain or travel back to their place of residence in another EU state or Schengen area.
- They are the spouse or legally recognized partner of a Spanish citizen. They can also bring dependent children and grandparents who are related to the marriage.
- They are a frontier worker.
- They are carers for the sick or elderly who travel to or from work.
- They work as a transporter of essential goods
- They are air inspectors or essential flight crew on diplomatic, consular, military or humanitarian missions.
- They travel for urgent reasons for family reasons.
- They are allowed to enter the country for humanitarian reasons