Coronavirus: people arriving in Spain from abroad to be in quarantine for 14 days

Travel agents, tour operators and companies must inform travellers of these measures when selling tickets.

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Photo by Clique Images on Unsplash
13 May 2020, Emma Donaldson

With Spain beginning on the road to recovery after the COVID-19 crisis with its reopening plan, additional measures have been introduced for those entering Spain from abroad. According to a new order in the BOE (Official State Bulletin) released on Tuesday 12th May, “people coming from abroad must remain in quarantine for 14 days after their arrival", a rule which comes into force at 00:00 hours on 15th May 2020. Let's have a look at all the details:

Will the measures apply to everyone entering Spain from abroad?

The measures announced by the government state that there are certain people who are classed as “authorised” to enter Spain by air and sea. This includes Spanish citizens or accredited habitual residents, cross-border workers, health professionals or elderly care providers who are going to work, or those who can provide documentary evidence of force majeure or a situation of need, according to the order of the Ministry of the Interior extending the suspension of borders in the Schengen area, also published this Tuesday in the BOE.

The text points out that "the mere fact of owning a home does not prove residence in Spain". Therefore, if you own a holiday home in Spain but are not an official resident, this period of quarantine must be observed. Travel agencies, tour operators and transport companies must inform travellers of these measures at the beginning of the process of selling tickets to Spain. .

What can and can’t be done during these 14 days of quarantine?

Travellers subject to this period of strict quarantine will only be able to move outside their hotel, home, or accommodation in case of emergency or for basic necessities, including going to the doctor, to buy food or basic necessities. The use of a face mask will be compulsory. These 14 days will be counted from the day after the traveller arrives in Spain.

The order from the government establishes the duty of the person in quarantine to "observe all hygiene and/or prevention measures regarding the transmission of the virus". During these two weeks, health authorities may contact travellers for follow-up and if symptoms of the virus develop during this period, the health services must be contacted by telephone using the numbers provided by the relevant Autonomous Community, indicating the quarantine situation because the individuals have come from abroad.

Will the situation be monitored?

In the daily governmental press conference in Spain, Fernando Simón, director of the Centre for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies of the Ministry of Health stated that "mechanisms will be established to monitor this quarantine and rules will be established to avoid inconsistencies". Current indications show that there will be two control components: on the one hand, through transport and mobility restrictions, and on the other, of a sanitary nature.

As yet, the specifics have not been released to the public but the conclusion from the authorities regarding travelling to and within Spain states that "it does not make sense that a Spanish resident cannot travel to their second home in another province, but a person living abroad can do so by air”. The measures will therefore be implicated accordingly.

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