Spain to maintain restrictions on travel from outside EU until March 31st

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Spain to maintain restrictions on travel from outside EU until March 31st
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Spain has extended its restrictions on non-essential journeys from countries outside the EU and Schengen Area to March 31st.


Restrictions were due to expire on February 28th but on Friday they were extended until the end of March to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Travellers from countries outside of the Schengen Area will not be able to make non-essential journeys to Spain.

However, travellers from some countries with low infection rates will be able to make the journey, including those from Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, China and the regions of Hong Kong and Macao.

The list, which was first developed on June 30th, has been updated several times. Japan was excluded from the list on January 28th.

The Spanish government has also extended its restrictions on flights from the UK, South Africa and Brazil until March 16th to contain the new strains of coronavirus in those countries.



Spain banned arrivals from the UK on December 22nd, with the exception of Spanish nationals and residents.

Those travelling to Spain must fill out a Health Control Form before travelling, which can be accessed on the government’s website.

There are also several restrictions on travel between Spain’s 17 autonomous communities.

What are the current Covid-19 restrictions across different regions in Spain?

Andalusia, Aragon, Asturias, the Basque country, Cantabria, Castilla y Leon, Catalonia, Ceuta and Melilla, Galicia, Murcia, Navarra, and Valencia do not allow people to leave and enter their regions.

Madrid, the Canaries and Balearic Islands, Castilla-La Mancha, and Extremadura remain open to travellers entering and leaving their regions.

By Ian Johnston






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