European countries reinforce control of travelers from Spain

Austria and Denmark join Germany, France and Belgium, countries that this Thursday already reinforced mandatory health checks for the Travellers that come from Spain, and specifically from communities where there is sprouts of covid-19 how Catalunya o Aragon, as a measure to stop the expansion of the coronavirus.

Thus, the governments of Austria and Denmark they have issued paths travel alerts for Spain, except for the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, for the fear that its citizens choose the Spanish territory as a holiday destination in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Austrian Government has clarified that, although measures were initially going to be adopted with respect to the autonomous communities of Catalonia, Aragon and Navarra, it has finally decided to extend the alert to the entire country except the island territories. It has also urged its citizens that, if they return to Austria from Spain, they must undergo a covid-19 test in a period not exceeding 72 hours before the flight, according to information from the newspaper 'Die Presse'.

Denmark, for its part, has issued a similar alert and has included Spain in its list of 'orange' countries – those to which the Foreign Ministry advises against traveling due to the pandemic -, as indicated by the newspaper Danish 'Jyllands-Posten'.

New restrictions

Germany, France and Belgium already imposed control measures on travelers arriving from certain Spanish territories, but in the last few hours they have been expanded to new territories or strengthened, report the foreign affairs ministries of those countries.

So, Belgium has added Madrid and the Balearic Islands to the orange zone list, for which it is recommended that returning tourists do quarantine. Girona, Tarragona, the Basque Country, La Rioja, Extremadura, Soria, Guadalajara, Castellón, Valencia, Murcia and Almería were already on that list.

These regions join other areas of Spain included in the red list of places to which travel is not authorized, which include Aragon and Navarra and the Catalan provinces of Barcelona and Lleida.

Too France It now advises against traveling to Aragon due to the epidemic situation there, making it the second Spanish autonomous community affected by that recommendation, along with Catalonia, where it was already asked to avoid such trips since July 24.

The French Foreign Ministry "strongly" encourages the French who are currently in Aragon, on their return to France, to do a PCR test, to see if they have been infected by covid-19, although it does not force or require them to quarantine. Also remember that there are seven regions, including the cities of Huesca and Zaragoza, which have made special provisions that have meant reversing the plans towards the "new normal" and the so-called "flexible phase 2" is applied.

Since its prime minister, Jean Castex, announced it on July 24, France also advises against traveling to Catalonia and also asks the French who are there to take a coronavirus test when they return to the country. In his advice to travelers, he refers to the situation in the metropolitan area of ​​Barcelona and in the province of Lleida, the regions of Segrià, where the capital is located, and La Noguera.

For its part, Germany has decreed that the covid-19 tests will be mandatory as of this Saturday for all travelers returning from areas considered as high risk, which currently include Catalonia, Aragon and Navarra.

Too Switzerland has included Spain on the list of countries whose travelers will have to undergo a ten-day quarantine to enter Swiss territory, although it has excluded those who come from the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands.

Hungary has removed Spain from the list of safest destinations, forcing travelers arriving from there to submit two negative PCR tests within five days or undergo a two-week quarantine.

Finally, the Czech Republic maintains Spain on the list of countries without epidemiological risk for coronavirus, but requires Spaniards who work in the Central European country and who are now returning from Spain to present a negative PCR test or undergo a two-week quarantine.

The requirement of the test or quarantine will not be necessary for Spanish tourists, nor for those who transit the country, informs the website of the Spanish Embassy in Prague, which stresses that the test must be carried out "within the territory of the Republic Check out and must not be more than 4 days old. "

The list of countries that impose entry conditions to travelers or tourists arriving from Spain varies almost every day and can be consulted in an infographic that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spanish publishes daily in its twitter account. The Ministry also updates daily travel tips and recommendations for each country, which are published on its website.

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