Almost all EU members recommend not to travel to Spain in the near future. In addition, some regions have introduced mandatory quarantine on arrival from Spain or its individual regions – Catalonia, Aragon or Navarra. So far, all these warnings are advisory, but in the future may lead to complete isolation of the country from tourism.
To date, only 5 of the 27 Schengen States have not imposed restrictions on travel to Spain. These are Portugal, Sweden, Poland, Romania and Luxembourg.
Meanwhile, one of the World Health Organization experts assures that Spain is unlikely to face a new lockdown. Director of Public Health and Environment Department Maria Neira explained that in case of Spain local blockades are likely to be enough to establish control.
Spain stepped up its testing programme after the blockades were lifted and this is one of the main reasons why the country has the highest number of registered cases in Europe, Neira said.
Meanwhile, the European Commission has called for a more responsible and coordinated approach to restrictions within the EU. This is reported by the media today, citing Associated Press. Permanent and ubiquitous travel restrictions imposed by EU member governments at their discretion should be targeted and time-bound, and the authorities should warn of their plans.
“The re-establishment of ineffective restrictions and internal border controls must be avoided. Rather, the response should be to have targeted, proportionate and coordinated measures, informed by scientific evidence,” said a letter from the European Commission to the 27 member states and the UK. This is the letter that the Associated Press is focusing on.
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