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‘Why can’t they be tested?’ The verdict on UK’s quarantine move for travellers from Spain

The Local Spain asked readers whether the UK was right to impose new and sudden quarantine rules on travellers returning from Spain. The result of our polls were pretty clear.

'Why can't they be tested?' The verdict on UK's quarantine move for travellers from Spain
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Was the snap decision to impose blanket quarantine on those returning from all regions of Spain the right one given the rise in coronavirus outbreaks in the country?

Or it is a knee-jerk reaction that doesn't consider the reality of the situation on the ground; some regions in Spain have lower transmission rates than the UK, increased testing is picking up more cases, Spanish authorities insist the outbreaks are under control.

This was the verdict on Twitter.

And on Facebook the division of opinion was similar with a big majority believing quarantine was not the right option to prevent an influx of cases.

Reader Rob Page said: “No I don't think it was right .there should have been more notice. Not wait until people are on holiday. And some of those have to get back to work . Why cannot they be tested when they arrive back in the UK.”

 

Vicki Wood echoed the views of many saying: “It should be regionalised. We have very few cases in Andalucia.”

And one of the most popular views was from Matt Hunter: “I would understand it if it were travellers from Barcelona, Reus, Tarragona or Zaragoza but to put a blanket rule on all of Spain smacks of arbitrary decision-making to have the appearance of being proactive (bit late now).”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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US to end Covid testing requirement for travellers from Europe

Authorities in the USA have announced the end of the Covid-testing requirement for arrivals from Europe, meaning that fully vaccinated people will soon be able to travel between Europe and the US without needing pre-travel tests.

US to end Covid testing requirement for travellers from Europe

Most of Europe had dropped the testing requirement for fully-vaccinated arrivals in the spring, but the US has maintained the requirement to show proof of a negative test for all arrivals.

However on Friday, the Biden administration announced that it would not renew the testing requirement.

The new rule is expected to come into effect at 12.01 Sunday EDT, until then passengers will still need to show a negative Covid test before they can board a plane to the US.

The US currently bars unvaccinated travellers from entry – although this does not apply to US citizens, US residents or those travelling for essential reasons – there was no announcement on lifting this restriction. 

The CDC said that testing requirements could be reinstated if new variants of Covid emerge, and added that it continues to recommend pre-travel testing. 

Covid travel rules vary between individual countries in Europe, but most countries now only require pre-departure tests for unvaccinated travellers. Check the rules of the country you are travelling to for full details. 

To be counted as ‘fully vaccinated’ travellers must have received both doses of an EMA-approved vaccine – Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca (or a single dose of Janssen).

If their vaccination was more than nine months ago, they need a booster shot in order to be considered fully vaccinated – people who have had a booster do not need a second, even if their booster shot was more than nine months ago.

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