#UPDATED – 23 Feb – Spain has again extended its travel ban on arrivals from the UK, as well as from Brazil and South Africa in order to combat the new variants of Covid-19. At a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, it was agreed that the latest extension will now be until 6pm on 16 March.
Previous update: 9 Feb – Spain has extended its travel ban on arrivals from the UK, as well as from Brazil and South Africa in order to combat the new variants of Covid-19. Flights from the UK were originally suspended from 22 December until 2 February, with Spanish nationals and residents being the only groups still eligible to travel. This was then extended until 16 February. It has now been extended until 2 March.
Furthermore, international transit through Spanish airports by passengers on flights departing from the UK is only permitted on presentation of a negative PCR, TNA or LAMP test taken within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival into Spain.
International residents in Spain should also carry residence documents (the green paper EU residence certificate or the new TIE), as well as a valid passport when travelling. For British nationals, please also refer to the UK Government’s page for Spain Travel Advice.
Previous full report:
Spain is suspending flight arrivals from the UK from tomorrow (Tuesday 22 December), except for Spanish citizens and residents. The decision has been taken in conjunction with Portugal and will now remain in place at least until 19 January. It will also be reinforcing controls at the border with Gibraltar, after the new strain of Coronavirus was also detected there.
On Sunday, the Spanish government had initially announced that it would be reinforcing checks for proof of negative PCR tests on all travellers from the UK arriving at airports and ports, following other countries announcing the suspension of flights from the UK over fears of the new strain of Covid-19 on Sunday.
It follows the announcement on Saturday from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, that a new strain of Covid-19 circulating in London and the south east of England was up to 70% more transmissible, and that the areas were to be placed in a new Tier 4 level of restrictions.
On Sunday, Spain’s Foreign Minister, Arancha González Laya, had asked the EU institutions for an urgent coordinated response to the issue, and said that Spain would otherwise act to ‘defend the interests and rights of Spanish citizens’.
On Sunday, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium were the first countries to announce a halt on flights arriving from the UK. Belgium also suspended Eurostar train arrivals. Germany, France and Ireland then also joined the growing list of countries imposing travel restrictions. France also put a halt on all accompanied freight travel to and from the UK for 48 hours. In the past 24 hours, India, Russia, Denmark, Norway, Israel, Austria, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Malta, Sweden, Greece, Turkey, Hong Kong, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, the Czech Republic, Columbia, Morocco, Chile, Finland and Argentina have all also imposed restrictions on arrivals from the UK.
❗El Gobierno de España, de manera concertada con Portugal, suspenderá desde mañana las entradas en territorio español de ciudadanos procedentes del Reino Unido, salvo nacionales o residentes en nuestro país.
Se reforzará también el control fronterizo en Gibraltar. pic.twitter.com/PxzIBBVAD3
— La Moncloa (@desdelamoncloa) December 21, 2020
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