With the latest update on the epidemiological situation of the European Union countries, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has decided to place Spain and the Balearic Islands in the dark red category.
This decision comes after the country recorded a spike in coronavirus cases, identifying more than 500 infections per 100,000 population in the past 14 days, TheSchengen.com reports.
Thus, since Spain has recorded high infection rates, the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) has advised against non-essential travel to the country and the three islands, Ibiza, Palma and Menorca.
Spain is one of the European Union countries that has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. However, since the country’s economy is highly dependent on the travel and tourism industry, the country has decided to open its borders to many arrivals from European member states without requiring them to undergo testing and quarantine requirements.
Despite the fact that Spain, along with the Balearic Islands, are classified as dark red by the ECDC, individual countries remain responsible if they want to impose measures against travelers returning from, traveling to Spain or one of the islands.
Austria has already announced that stricter rules will apply to all people returning after staying in Spain. The authorities announced that in an effort to contain the rapid spread of the virus and protect public health, all people entering the country will be required to submit a negative PCR test result upon arrival.
People who are unable to take the test before arrival can get a free test at the airport. In addition, anyone who refuses to take the test is subject to a fine of 1,450 euros.
Germany also imposed measures against arrivals from Spain. According to the German Federal Ministry of Health, all people coming from Spain must provide a negative COVID-19 test result, proof of vaccination, or medical evidence indicating that the carrier has recovered from the disease.
As for unvaccinated travelers coming from Spain, the German authorities announced that they are obligated to enter quarantine upon arrival and to remain in self-isolation for ten days.
With the exception of Austria and Germany, the US Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have urged US citizens to refrain from any trip to Spain.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Tier 4 Travel Health Notice for Spain due to COVID-19, which indicates a very high level of COVID-19 in the country,” the State Department said.