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Spain Prolongs Existing Entry Ban on Travellers From Non-EU Countries for Another Month

The Spanish Ministry of the Interior has extended the current entry ban on non-essential travel from the majority of third countries, which has been in place since July 17 this year.

The decision was announced by the ministry itself, and the decision to extend the ban was also published in the BOE – the official gazette of the Spanish government.

According to the decision, the travel ban will remain in effect until the end of October and can be extended if the ministry deems it necessary in order to control the situation of the Corona virus in the country.

This means that unprotected travelers cannot enter Spanish territory for non-essential purposes such as tourism and business. In order to be eligible to enter the country as a vaccinated person, one must be vaccinated with one of the stabs approved as valid proof of immunity to travel to Spain. It must have been at least 14 days since the last shot occurred.

Exempt from the ban on unvaccinated travelers, arrivals from third countries remain currently on Spain’s list of safe third countries.

The Ministry of the Interior also indicated that the list was amended to include three other countries – Chile, Kuwait and Rwanda, excluding Moldova and Bosnia and Herzegovina, in compliance with the recommendation of the Council of the European Union on September 23.

Thus, at the moment, only travelers from the following third countries can enter Spain for non-essential purposes, regardless of their vaccination status:

Australia Canada Chile Jordan Kuwait New Zealand Qatar Rwanda Saudi Arabia Singapore South Korea Ukraine Uruguay China Hong Kong SAR Macao and Taiwan

The Spanish authorities maintain separate rules for travelers from countries and regions of the European Union and the Schengen area. These areas fall into two groups, the list of high risk and countries that have been excluded from this risk.

>>Spain adds Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary to the list of high-risk areas

Travelers from high-risk areas, which currently include the majority of European Union countries, are required to provide evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 or evidence of recovery from the virus in recent months. In the event that the traveler does not carry any of the first two, he/she must submit negative coronavirus test results.

World Health Organization data shows that Spain recorded 1,250 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases detected since the beginning of the pandemic to 4953,930.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control showed that the country has vaccinated 90.3 percent of its adult population with at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 82.4% have already been fully vaccinated.

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