At least three EU member states imposed stricter entry restrictions on arrivals from Spain throughout the weekend, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the latter increased significantly, compared to the rest of the region, TheSchengen.com reports.
On July 10, Saturday, at 16.00, Demark began imposing stricter entry restrictions on arrivals from the regions of Spain in Asturias, the Basque Country, Navarre, Aragon, Madrid, Castilla and Leon, Extremadura and the Balearic Islands (including Mallorca and Ibiza), such as As well as Murcia, after that the transition was made from the green category to the shaded orange.
More tests when traveling from Spain to Denmark and Germany
As a result, travelers from these regions who have not been vaccinated are eligible to enter Denmark only for very essential purposes. When such travelers are eligible for entry, they are required to submit negative COVID-19 test results through Coronapas, as well as undergo a second test upon arrival.
Meanwhile, Germany has also imposed stricter entry restrictions on arrivals from Spain since July 11, after the Robert Koch Institute, the German federal government agency responsible for disease control and prevention, classified the country as a minor risk area.
The decision means that those from Spain who travel to Germany are obliged to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19, proof of recent recovery from the virus, or negative test results, as well as to register at einreiseanmeldung.de.
Spaniards will be quarantined in Norway, Estonia and the Czech Republic
Another country that has imposed stricter entry restrictions on arrivals from Spain is Estonia, on the Baltic Sea. As of today, July 12, travelers from Spain are under quarantine in Estonia due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Spain.
“People who wish to shorten the 10-day period of movement restrictions after arriving in Estonia can take a PCR test for coronavirus abroad, up to 72 hours before arriving in Estonia. While in Estonia, a second test can be taken no later than today Sixth, after the first test conducted abroad.The Estonian authorities made it clear that a person is released from the obligation of isolation for ten days early if the results of both tests are negative.
The Czech Republic also placed the Spanish Balearic Islands on the red list. Island travelers, including vacationers, must fill out an arrival form before arriving in the country and take an antigen or PCR test. They are also subject to a 14-day quarantine which can be shortened by a PCR or rapid antigen test no later than the fifth day of their arrival.
At the same time, Norway has put Spain on its red list of countries considered severely affected by the virus, which means that travelers from Spain can only enter if they have a compelling purpose to enter. If they are eligible to enter, they must obtain a negative test certificate prior to entry, fill out an entry form, test themselves at the border upon arrival, and must self-quarantine to enter.
Finland also extended border controls with Spain, which were due to expire on July 12, for another two weeks, until July 25.
France is considering more restrictions on entry to people from Spain
In France, the Minister of State for European Affairs, Clement Bonn, advised French holidaymakers to “avoid Spain and Portugal as a destination”, warning that France could impose stricter entry restrictions on returnees from both countries.
Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya responded to these statements by claiming that the current increase in COVID-19 infections is not leading to more hospitalizations, while saying it is not the time to panic.
“There is no reason at the moment to ask people to cancel their holidays,” she said.
Spain refuses to close the border to the British
The data shows that the number of cases in Spain in the last 14 days has jumped by 313 per cent. According to the Spanish Ministry of Health, more than 800 cases per 100,000 people in the 20-29 age group have been registered over the past 14 days.
However, the country has refused to close the borders to British tourists, who are the country’s main vacationers, even though the majority of EU countries have declared the UK a virus-changing country due to the delta-variable spread.
On June 29, Spanish authorities imposed additional testing requirements only for unvaccinated arrivals from the UK. However, many considered the move insufficient, accusing the government of allowing COVID-19 numbers to rise due to moderate entry restrictions on arrivals from Britain.
Spanish authorities still hope to achieve their goal of receiving around 45 million international tourists by the end of 2021, but the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases may hamper that goal.