Last week, a Spanish government bulletin revealed that British visitors will not be allowed to enter Spanish territory without a certificate of vaccination against the new Corona virus, as the country has tightened travel restrictions due to fears of the new COVID-19 Omicron mutation.
The decision, which takes effect on Wednesday, December 1, will prevent Britons from entering the country by presenting only a COVID-19 certificate or a negative PCR test taken three days before arrival, as they have done so far, TheSchengen.com reports.
“The presence of new forms of the causative agent makes it necessary at this time to increase travel restrictions,” decided the department headed by Fernando Grande Marlasca, also saying that it could not recognize negative PCR tests or antigen testing as valid documentation.
The decision will affect Britons significantly, but probably not the country’s travel and tourism industry. The ban will remain in effect until December 31, making it difficult for people to undertake any travel at the end of the general holiday season.
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Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the UK over the past seven days was 299,581 positive, with 874 deaths reported during the same time frame.
However, these measures do not affect many third countries, including Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
Previously, the Spanish government also tightened entry rules for Maltese travelers, as the number of positive cases of COVID-19 on the island increased dramatically. New procedures introduced for arrivals from Malta include providing certificates of vaccination and recovery from COVID-19, with one of the vaccinations recognized by the Spanish authorities for travel.
Furthermore, arrivals who present a recovery certificate proving that more than six months have passed since the document was issued are allowed to enter Spain. People who do not hold either document must submit a negative COVID-19 test result to enter Spain. Moreover, regardless of vaccination or recovery status, entrants from all countries must complete a health monitoring form.
This rule also affects the remaining 26 countries in the European Union and the Schengen area, all of which have been moved to the high-risk list.
WHO data also reveals that the number of classified infections in Spain has reached a total of 5,121,100, with 43,515 cases reported in the past seven days. In addition, 93 deaths related to the virus were recorded in the same period by the Spanish health authorities.