Spain introduces quarantine for foreign travellers.

Spain introduces quarantine for foreign travellers.

11-05-2020Cati Cladera

Any travellers who come to Spain from abroad will be quarantined for 14 days on arrival according the Ministry of Health.

The decree is effective from May 15 and will be in force at least until the State of Emergency finishes and perhaps longer.

Several other European countries have already introduced 14 day quarantine for foreigners, although there are some exceptions.

"The favourable evolution of the epidemiological situation in Spain and the beginning of the escalation make it necessary to strengthen control measures by applying quarantine measures to persons coming from abroad for 14 days,” according to the Government Order.

During the quarantine period, travellers who come to Spain will have to stay in their home or holiday accommodation, and can only go out to buy food, pharmaceuticals and basic necessities or get assistance from Health Centres or Hospitals and must wear a mask.

The Order states that all hygiene measures must be observed to prevent the transmission of coronavirus, especially with regard to contact with cohabitants.

The Health Authorities may contact quarantined persons for a follow-up and if people have symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or other coronavirus symptoms, they “should contact the health services by telephone using the numbers provided and indicate that they are in quarantine because they come from overseas," states the Order.

Cross-Border Workers, Transporters and Crews are excluded from these measures, as are Healthcare Professionals who go to work, as long as they have not been in contact with someone who’s been diagnosed with Covid-19.

Travel Agencies, Tour Operators and Transport Companies must inform travellers of these measures before selling tickets to tourists bound for Spain.

Airlines must ask passengers to complete the public health form (Passenger Location Card), which the passenger must submit upon arrival in Spain

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Timothy Reed / Hace about 1 year

Does that mean I can travel from the UK to Mallorca by car from the 15th May without being turned away at the border - as long as I'm well and am happy to quarantine for 14 days?

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Lisa / Hace about 1 year

I fail to understand why there is no consistency in Europe. That would seem the only way back from the crisis. Examine what’s working, coordinate an approach, work together. This knee jerk quarantine is pure madness. The UK has lost the plot, both in messaging and policy. The only thing that makes sense is that Boris’s father has a home in France ... hummmm. Working together is the way through, not chaotic knee jerk actions. Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does.

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Mass Observation / Hace about 1 year

That probably leaves the door open for second/holiday home owners but not package tourists,

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Yogi / Hace about 1 year

If there’re almost no flights carrying visitors then this quarantine is pretty useless. Although I hear that German second home owners are pushing to return and that there have been flights from Germany. As for everyone else this will only begin to impact when flights are allowed. No one is going to travel here for a break if it means 14 days isolation here then another 14 when you get home! Hopefully this nonsense will have passed before then, but the Spanish and British governments seem to be competing for The most confusing message possible award. Boris edging it after yesterday’s performance.

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Mark / Hace about 1 year

Does this mean when Palma airport reopens for international tourist they can travel to Mallorca and stay in an Airbnb of their 14 quarantine period?

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Yogi / Hace about 1 year

yet piles of people allowed into the island on jammed flights from (the still phase zero epicentre of the outbreak) Madrid! Where’s the logic?

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John Parkinson / Hace about 1 year

U.K. done it now Spain,no doubt other “holiday “ destination countries will follow. I maybe a untrusting ,but could this decision have been an agreement between governments,airlines and holiday companies.Flights will not be cancelled,holidays will not be cancelled,fly and agree you will stay in your apartment/hotel.No chance of a refund or even a voucher. This year was already a write off but these decisions will certainly stop people booking next year.

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Rob / Hace about 1 year

Well that will put a stop to the few that would have still come to the island!!!

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