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Spain declares compulsory quarantine for arrivals traveling from India

Executive concerned about threat of new Covid-19 variant discovered in the country

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27 April 2021 07:02 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

All travelers coming to Spain from India will have to quarantine for ten days upon arrival as authorities are concerned about the threat of a new Covid-19 variant discovered in the country.

The measure was announced by Spanish government spokesperson María Jesús Montero on Tuesday and will become official on Wednesday.

Montero pointed out that the executive had previously restricted direct flights from countries such as Brazil and South Africa, but as there are no direct connections between Spain and India, the measure will focus on individuals rather than flights.

Medical Aid

At the same conference, it was announced that Spain is sending seven tonnes of medical aid to India, in response to the current wave of coronavirus that the country is suffering from.

The Spanish minister for Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya, said the shipment was a way to show "solidarity" and warned that, regarding the pandemic, "no one will be saved until we are all saved."

Compulsory quarantine

Any arrivals from the following countries must self-quarantine for ten days upon arrival to Spain. Otherwise, the traveler can leave quarantine after seven days if they take a PCR test that returns negative results. The UK was removed from this list on March 30.

Brazil

Botswana

Colombia

Comoros

Ghana

India

Kenya

Mozambique

Peru

South Africa

Tanzania

Zambia

Zimbabwe

PCR tests for international arrivals

Spain requires travelers from countries severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic to present a negative PCR test upon their arrival.

In order to be allowed into Spain by sea or air, visitors will have to demonstrate they have tested negative for the virus within 72 hours prior to travelling.

The full list of countries affected is published on https://www.mscbs.gob.es/ and on https://www.spth.gob.es/ and is updated every two weeks – every new update comes into force seven days after being published.

Here's the latest list of countries (valid from April 26 to May 9):

EU-EEA countries

Austria

Belgium

Bulgaria

Croatia

Cyprus

Czechia

Denmark (except Greenland)

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Ireland

Italy

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malta

Netherlands

Norway (except the regions of Nordland y Troms og Finnmark)

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Slovakia

Slovenia

Sweden

 

All non-EU-EEA countries except the following

Australia

China

Hong Kong

Macau

New Zealand

Rwanda

Singapore

South Korea

Thailand

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