Spain extends holiday ban for Brits in strict new measures
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Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeThe UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against all but essential travel but British travellers who are not resident and/or are not in possession of a green residency certificates should not attempt to enter Spain.
Reeling from the devastation of the Coronavirus outbreak, Spain had already introduced a series of travel restrictions.
At the time the previous restrictions were announced, the tourism minister hinted that there would be even more stringent travel checks put in place.
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Spanish tourism minister Reyes Maroto told local newspaper El Pais: “We have to guarantee, when international tourism opens, that the person who comes to Spain is a safe person.”The issue of borders will be accompanied by the evolution of the health crisis. Therefore, I do not have the solution of when [they will be able to open].”On how you will be able to enjoy our beaches, we are defining different scenarios.”
“It is very important that the sanitary recommendations are maintained, we are going to have to internalise what we are already doing now, hand washing, social distancing . even on the beaches.
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“Those patterns will be in our day to day for a time, you cannot take a step back.”
Spain has had more than 200,000 confirmed cases of COVID 19 and over 23,000 reported deaths, although the rate has declined after weeks of lockdown.
As measures have now relaxed, the country have begun to shop in small establishments and enjoy a meal in restaurants with outdoor seating.
But until there is little risk of Covid 19, the government is on high alert limiting entry to five airports and eight ports.
## ## The airports are Barajas in Madrid, El Prat in Barcelona, Gran Canaria in the Canaries, Mlaga Costa del Sol and Palma de Mallorca in the Balearics.
Barcelona, Bilbao, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Malaga, Palma, Tenerife, Valencia and Vigo are the ports of entry.
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From today, Friday, May 15, all overseas travellers, including Spanish nationals and residents, will be required to go into a 14 day quarantine.
Travellers can now only enter Spain under the following circumstances:
They are registered as a resident of Spain or they are travelling back to their residence in another EU state or Schengen area. They are the spouse or legally recognised partner of a Spanish citizen. They can also bring dependant children and grandparents related to said marriage. They are a cross border worker. They are carers for the sick or elderly who are travelling to or from work. They are working as a transporter of essential goods They are air stewards or essential flight personnel on diplomatic, consular, military or humanitarian missions. They are travelling due to family reasons of the utmost urgency. They are allowed to enter the country on humanitarian grounds