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Spain Extends Entry Restrictions for All EU/Schengen Area Countries for Another Week

Spanish authorities have announced that all countries of the European Union and the Schengen area, with the exception of Switzerland, will remain part of their COVID-19 risk list for another week.

According to the latest update by the Spanish Ministry of Health, the updated risk list will go into effect tomorrow, January 17, and will remain in effect until January 23, reports.

This means that all travelers arriving in Spain from EU/Schengen area countries that are currently considered a danger zone, will be required to meet certain rules in order to be allowed into the country.

The list of Spanish risks, which will take effect tomorrow, will include Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy and Latvia. Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and Romania.

In the previous update, only some regions of Romania were listed as risk areas. However, since the country has identified increasing rates of COVID-19 infection over the past two weeks, the entire territory of Romania will now be part of the risk list.

In line with the current rules that Spain applies, all people who have been fully recovered or vaccinated against the virus can enter the country without having to follow any additional rules, even if their country of origin is part of the risk list.

“All passengers coming from a country with a risk of contracting the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus must present a certificate or document certifying vaccination against COVID-19, a negative certificate for an active infection diagnosis test or a certificate of recovery,” the ministry noted.

However, everyone still has to fill out a health monitoring form. It has been emphasized that each model is personal, non-transferable and linked to a single flight.

Travelers who have not been vaccinated or recovered from the virus are also allowed to enter Spain. However, they must submit a PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival or a rapid antigen test performed within 48 hours prior to arrival.

It was clarified that children under 12 years of age are not required to submit any certificates or negative test. The only document they have to submit is the entry form.

Regarding the third countries, they are all now placed on Spain’s high-risk list. However, some exceptions apply.

The three countries currently excluded from the high-risk list are as follows:

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Chile, China; Including administrative regions in Hong Kong, Macau, Colombia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Uruguay, Taiwan

Previously, reported that traveling abroad may soon become easier as EU member states consider treating COVID-19 like the flu.

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