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The declaration forms you need to travel in Spain this Christmas

A general ban on travelling between Spain’s regional territories comes into force on Wednesday December 23rd but each regional authority has also imposed its own rules.

The declaration forms you need to travel in Spain this Christmas
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Exceptions are being made across much of Spain for those who want to travel at Christmas for a small gathering while in some regions visits are also allowed between ‘allegados’ or very close friends. Valencia however has decided not to make such exceptions and has closed off the region to all but those who live there.

READ MORE: What are the rules on travelling within Spain this Christmas?

There is no general document established by the Spanish state that must be filled out before travel between regions, but several regional authorities have introduced them while others have advised that a letter of invitation from a relative or close friend or presentation of a ‘libro de familia’ (family book)  should be suffice if questioned at a checkpoint.

But six of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities now require those entering or exiting their borders to complete a declaration form that they can show police if stopped at a checkpoint during their journey.

Navarra, Madrid, Aragon, Catalonia, La Rioja and the Basque Country have all made such declaration forms available to download and fill in ahead of a journey during the Christmas period.

The documents require the names and surnames of the people who are travelling, their place of residence, the destination of their trip and the date and reason for the trip (family visit or visit to a close friend).

In addition, the name of the person being visited is required.

Here’s where to download the forms:

Madrid

Spain’s capital is shutting its perimeters between December 23 and January 6 in line with Ministry of Health recommendations. However it will allow people to cross in and out of they are going to visit family or allegados (close friends).

Catalonia

Authorities in Catalonia have restricted non-essential movement between comarcas (counties) at all times but exceptions are made not only for the usual work/study/care for vulnerable rules but also for those travelling to a second home or hotel or to return to the family home.

 

Navarra

The ban on travel in and out of Navarra will only be lifted between December 23 to 26and December 30 to January 2 for those visiting family and close friends.

Basque Country

The ban on travel in and out of the Basque Country will only be lifted between December 23 to 26 and December 30 to January 2 for those visiting family and close friends. Those doing so will have to complete the justification form required by regional authorities HERE

La Rioja

Exceptions are made for those travelling in and out of the region of La Rioja between December 23 and 26 and between December 30 and January 2 to visit family and close friends.

Aragon

Exceptions are made for those travelling into the region of Aragon between December 23 and 26 and between December 30 and January 2 to visit family only.

 

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When and where will face masks still be mandatory in Spain?

Masks will soon no longer be mandatory on public transport in Spain, but when and where will they still be obligatory?

When and where will face masks still be mandatory in Spain?

Spanish Health Minister Carolina Darias confirmed on January 26th that face masks would no longer be compulsory on public transport, a measure that has been in place in Spain for almost three years.  

She added that it would be approved at the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System on Tuesday, February 7th.  

Then on Thursday, February 2nd Darias elaborated further, confirming that as well as on public transport masks will not be required in health establishments such as opticians, hearing and orthopaedic centres, where they had been up until now.  

She said that they will, however, still be mandatory in all other health centres, pharmacies and hospitals, as well as in care homes.

The Spanish government will approve the measure on Tuesday February 7th and it will enter into force when it is published in the Official State Bulletin (BOE), which usually occurs the following day.

READ ALSO: Spain announces end of public transport face mask rule

This means that most likely from February 8th masks will no longer be required on public transport, but you will still have to wear them in pharmacies and hospitals and doctors’ offices. 

The use of masks ceased to be mandatory outdoors almost a year ago, on February 10th, 2022.

Then, two months later on April 20th, the government announced they wouldn’t be required indoors either, except in health centres and on public transport. 

Covid-19 controls at airports in Spain

Darias also announced the results of the controls carried out by the Foreign Health Department on travellers coming on direct flights from China.

Controls have been carried out on a total of 1,765 travellers and three people have tested positive for Covid-19, she confirmed.

The three positives were confirmed by PCR and the virus was sequenced, showing that it was the same strain that is currently already dominant in Spain. 

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