The government clarified however that the ban only applies to mainland Spain, with the Canary and Balearic Islands not included on the list.
Spain will be added to the list on Saturday, along with Singapore and Romania. Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Azerbaijan will be removed from the list.
As reported by The Local Switzerland on August 3rd, rising case numbers in Spain had been a major concern for Swiss authorities. The Iberian nation was added to the 42-strong list of countries where a quarantine is required for all arrivals.
Over the past weekend, the infection rate climbed above the Swiss government’s threshold of 60 new infections for every 100,000 members of the population.
Head of the Crisis Management and International Cooperation Section of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health said the need for Spain’s inclusion was clear.
“The situation required that the list be adjusted. The new list will come into effect on Saturday. Return travellers from Spain must be in quarantine for 10 days from Saturday.”
Typically the list of countries is updated monthly, however countries can be added where the situation has changed rapidly.