After December 1, Spain will only allow travelers from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland with a vaccination certificate, not a negative Covid-19 test or evidence of survival.
This includes the general provision of the Ministry of the Interior, which changes the criteria for applying temporary restrictions on unwanted travel from third countries to the European Union and Schengen countries for public order and public health reasons. Towards a Health Crisis, published today in the Official State Bulletin (BOE).
The resolution removes Namibia from the list of Third Countries, Special Territories, Other Territories and Authorities, “and exempts residents from these restrictions in view of the fact that it is one of the Member States’ countries which consider it appropriate to take precautionary measures.”
Countries not affected by these restrictions include Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, the UAE, Uruguay and China. As well as Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.
“The emergence of new variants of the causative agent of the disease requires increased travel restrictions at this time,” argues the department, led by Fernando Grande-Marlaska, in order to suppress negative diagnostic tests or recovery tests as valid documents. For people from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland to enter Spain.
In this way, “Spain may deny entry to travelers from these countries who do not hold a vaccination certificate approved by the Ministry of Health for this purpose, after inspection by health authorities, and to minors. Increases health effects”.
The general provision of the order of the Ministry of the Interior, which has been amended several times since coming into force in July last year, will “come into force” until 24:00 December 31, 2021, with the exception of Namibia. List of Third Countries Effective From Today
Negative test for people from seven African countries
Spain requires a negative Kovid-19 test for all people from high-risk countries such as Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
People should be tested 72 hours before entering the country, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.
The order was issued by the Ministry of Health in the General Regulation of the Directorate General of Public Health in Spain regarding health check-ups at entry points into the country, and was published today in the Official State Bulletin (BOE).
The Directorate-General for Health justifies the decision by using a new omiciron variant found in South Africa, which “represents a number of mutations associated with a possible increase in transmission efficiency and a decrease in the neutralizing ability of antibodies”.
Cases of the same variant were found in Botswana and Hong Kong on a passenger from South Africa, the law recalls.
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