Since the state of alarm was declared back on the 14th of March, vacationers who had planned on traveling to Spain have had precious little to celebrate. Now there seems to be a ray of hope up ahead, after the Spanish government has announced that on July 1st it will lift its international travel ban.
Here you will find all the up to date travel information you will need during this crisis.
The current travel restrictions the Spanish government has imposed on travel in and out of the country are very strict and detailed, and can be hard to navigate. In the following article we will go step by step and review the current status of the travel restrictions in Spain.
On the 25th of may the Spanish government decided to lift all restrictions on international tourism after the 1st of July and travelers will no longer have to self-quarantine for 14-days upon arrival.
Even though this is great news for vacationers looking to enjoy all the delights Spain has to offer, the government has not yet determined which markets or countries will be allowed to travel to Spain, after said date. The Spanish government is currently trying to figure out how to re-establish international travel within the EU and which countries are safest to travel to and from.
The state of alarm in Spain will be in effect, at least, until June 7. The Spanish government is gradually relaxing some confinement restriction within Spain progressively in phases over the following weeks. The precautionary measures vary from region to region, so travellers should be vigilant of local reports to stay up to date with the specific restriction of the part of Spain they plan on visiting.
The Spanish ministry of health has issued a requirement for everyone within their borders making it obligatory to use face masks (ages six and older) in enclosed spaces and public areas where it is impossible to maintain six feet of social distance. The order also strongly recommends but does not require the use of masks by children between age three and five.
Because of the official state of alarm declared by the Government of Spain on 14 March 2020, that effectively closed the countries land borders as well as at ports and airports travel to Spain is, as of now permitted only to:
RyanAir has announced that they are now taking bookings for flights from 01 July onwards for destinations to Europe, including Spain. RyanAir will be operating at 40% of its flights in July. Airports and airlines are now preparing to open up again July.
The current restrictions on travel are very strict. All travel options are available but only for necessary travel as we mentioned before. Once travelers are in Spain there are certain measures they will have to take at least until the 1st of July:
Under the current restrictions due to the Covid-19 virus, travelers arriving in Spain from other countries must observe a 14-day quarantine. During the quarantine period, travelers must remain in their accommodations, leaving only for the following activities:
a) Obtaining food, pharmaceutical products and other basic necessities
b) Going to medical centres and getting healthcare services.
c) Evacuation due to force majeure or other exceptional situations.
They will be required to wear face masks in all such movements.
All travel agencies, tour operators and transport companies are required to inform their customers of the current measures before they can legally sell tickets destined for Spain.
You should also keep in mind that, once in Spain:
This map shows every municipality in Spain and what phase of the Covid 19 de-escalation process it is in.
The light Orange municipalities are currently in Phase 2, which means (among other things):
The green areas are the areas of Spain that are still under Phase 2. The rules in place for regions in phase 3 are (among others):
Some of Spain’s major cities have now moved on to phase 3 including: Bilbao, San Sebastian, Seville, Córdoba, The Balearic Islands, The Canary Islands and Santiago de Compostela among others. These are probably your safest bets if you are planning on traveling to Spain in the summer of 2020. We will keep you posted!