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14 juin 2020 | 10h22 UTC

Spain: Authorities to reopen borders to Schengen countries from June 21 /update 30

Spain Alerte de sécurité

Spanish authorities announce the reopening of borders to Schengen countries from June 21; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 14/6/2020, 12h00 until 3/7/2020, 11h59 (Europe/Madrid). COUNTRY/REGION Spain, Balearic Islands

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Event

On Sunday, June 14, Spanish authorities announced that they will reopen its borders to countries from the EU Schengen area from Sunday, June 21, in the latest easing of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions. Portugal remains the lone exception to the reopening as people will be allowed to enter across its borders with Spain from July 1.

The Spanish government has also scrapped a previous plan to require arriving international tourists to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival. As part of a test program, the Balearic Islands will reopen to tourist arrivals from Monday, June 15.

As of June 14, health authorities have confirmed 243,605 cases of COVID-19 in the country, including 27,136 associated deaths. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the general risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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