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Spain drops Covid-related entry restrictions for non-EU arrivals
Friday, October 21, 2022 @ 6:52 PM

ENTRY requirements to Spain from outside the EU and the Schengen zone have been relaxed – travellers will no longer have to show a 'Covid certificate' upon arrival.

Passengers queuing for departures at Palma de Mallorca airport

A European Union regulation brought in last year replaced the 'traffic light' system, where some countries or regions were off limits altogether or required quarantine, with an obligation to show either proof of having been vaccinated, of having had Covid within the previous six months, or a negative PCR or antigen test taken not more than 72 and 24 hours before entering a country respectively.

The aim was to gradually remove barriers to free movement throughout member States and the wider EEA, although countries were given authority to retain restrictions on entry where public health concerns justified doing so.

Where this was the case, national governments were instructed to 'not go beyond what is strictly necessary to safeguard public health', and to lift the restrictions as soon as the country's epidemiological situation permitted – with the focus, in this respect, mainly on hospital admission figures rather than the percentage of 'positives' among the general population.

From June 1 this year, Spain dropped 'Covid certificate' requirements for the Schengen zone and the EU, including Norway, Iceland and Switzerland.

This remained in place for non-EU countries – which, from early 2021, included the UK – and arrivals from nations still requiring a 'Covid passport' were also warned they may be subject to random health checks.

These might just involve a traveller's temperature being taken in passing, but they may also have been expected to undergo a medical examination, visual assessment, interview, or to take a PCR or antigen test.



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Mark1GB said:
Saturday, October 22, 2022 @ 12:43 PM

I wish this policy had been dropped when the Omicron varient surfaced, this policy was full of holes from the beginning and did nothing to prevent a mild virus from spreading. the DRC would love to adopt such a superficial control as applied to entry to the country.
tourism can hopefully now compete with other countries that dropped this policy earlier, and as as recession looms we need all the Tourist € we can attract.

windtalker said:
Saturday, October 22, 2022 @ 6:02 PM

I just had my fourth jab in the UK 🇬🇧..

Tbone said:
Saturday, November 19, 2022 @ 12:55 PM

Good for you Windtalker... Let us also know when you have your heart attack. More people are now dying from the experimental gene altering MRNA vaccines than from Covid. It's also been proven that being vaccinated did not prevent you from contracting or spreading Covid. Oh and I almost forgot, it has been established that the masks had zero effect. Other than that, well done big government...

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