Spain extends international travel ban until June 15th

Spain extends international travel ban until June 15th
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Spain has extended its ban on non-essential travel to the country until June 15th in an order published in the Official State Gazette (BOE) on Friday.

The extension was announced the same day as Spain started to impose quarantine measures on new arrivals.

It means that as a rule only those who are Spanish citizens or who have legal residency in Spain are allowed to enter the territory either by land, sea or air.

However exception is also made for cross-border workers such as long distance lorry drivers, healthcare professionals and caregivers on their way to work, diplomats and individuals who can prove an exceptional reason to travel.

Within the BOE an exception is also made for “the spouse of a Spanish citizen, or partner in a similar relationship that is registered in a public registry, and for descendants and parents living with the citizen, as long as they are traveling with this citizen or on their way to reunite with him or her.”

The extension follows a recommendation by the EU Commission “to prolong the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU until June 15th.”

Residents of EU member states or those within the Schengen zone are also allowed to cross the land borders of Spain if they are doing so to return to their primary place of residence, for example to drive from Portugal to their home in France by crossing Spain.

All new arrivals (apart from those in transit) will be required to spend 14 days self-isolating under new quarantine rules brought in by the Spanishh government on Friday May 15th.

France responded with a reciprocal arrangement that means those arriving in France from Spain will also have to undergo quarantine.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is expected to ask Spain’s parliament to approve another extension to the State of Emergency which was declared on March 14 and see it prolonged until June 29th.

Spain is currently in the process of loosening restrictions on the strict lockdown and is rolling out a four phase de-escalation plan know as the “Plan for the transition to a new normal”.

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