Spain extends travel restrictions for the U.K., Brazil and South Africa

 Thursday, February 25, 2021 

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The Spanish government recently announced another travel ban and extended restrictions for travellers from the U.K., Brazil and South Africa until at least March 16, amid the rise of new COVID variants in those countries. On Tuesday, Health Minister Carolina Darias said in a statement that Spain’s cabinet agreed to extend entry restrictions for travellers from the three nations for another two weeks.


As of now, only legal residents or nationals of Spain and the neighbouring micro-state of Andorra are currently allowed in on flights from the banned countries. The restriction on arrivals from Britain was first imposed at the end of December 2020 while the ban on arrivals from Brazil and South Africa came into effect on February 3, 2021. This is the fifth time that Spain has extended its restrictions on arrivals from Britain.


The previous travel ban was scheduled to end on March 2 and has now been extended by two weeks. Flight and ferry routes from the U.K., South Africa and Brazil to Spain are expected to be reduced as a result of the new restrictions as only legal residents or nationals of Spain are allowed to board.


Transit passengers will be allowed to continue their journey through Spain as long as their layover is less than 24 hours and they do not leave the airport. The decision also means that U.K. second home owners who are not residents and Britons who want to visit Spain cannot do so until further notice. Spanish government spokesperson María Jesús Montero informed in a statement that authorities have undertaken the decision as they are looking to contain infections associated with the COVID variants as far as possible.

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