Spain’s Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya has said that ‘reciprocal quarantine’ could be imposed on visitors to Spain from the UK after 21 June, in response to the UK government’s current quarantine requirements.
Report below updated in Spain at 16h on Monday 15 June
#LATEST UPDATE – 16h – The British Embassy in Spain has confirmed that the UK is included in the list of countries to whom border relaxations with Spain will apply from 21 June.
You may have seen the announcement this weekend that 🇪🇸 will open its borders with some countries from 21 June. The Spanish government has confirmed to us that the 🇬🇧 is included within the group of countries to whom these border relaxations will apply.
— BritslivinginSpain (@BritsliveSpain) June 15, 2020
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has announced that the country will be open to visitors from all European Union countries in the Schengen Area, with the exception of Portugal, from 21 June. EU travellers arriving in Spain from 21 June will also no longer be required to stay in quarantine for two weeks.
The exception with Portugal, which will be until 1 July, is at the request of the Portuguese government.
CLARIFICATION: Although Sánchez specifically referred to Schengen Area states in his announcement on Sunday, Spain’s Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya later referred to ‘EU & Schengen area countries’ in a Tweet. The Telegraph and The Independent newspapers have since reported that ‘Spanish government sources’ later confirmed that British travellers would be included in being allowed to travel to Spain from 21 June.
‼️🇪🇸 will open its borders
W EU & Schengen area countries as from 21 June with the end of the state of alarm + end of quarentene (#Portugal 1 July)
— Arancha González (@AranchaGlezLaya) June 14, 2020
Sánchez made the announcement during his weekly video-conference call with Spain’s regional presidents, which have taken place every Sunday since the start of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. He also told them that today would be the last of the weekly conference calls. Their next meeting will be scheduled for the end of July, and will be in person.
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Spain closed its borders after it originally commenced its ‘state of alarm’ and lockdown from 14 March. On Wednesday 3 June the Spanish Congress voted to extend the ‘state of alarm’ in the country until 21 June. It was the sixth and final extension.
From 21 June, citizens across Spain will also be able to travel freely from region to region. Up until now, most residents are still limited to their province or region under the government’s four phase de-escalation plan.
International travellers from non-EU countries will be allowed to enter Spain from 1 July, as long as there is a reciprocal agreement on travel and taking into account the epidemiological situation in the country of origin.
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