The federal government of Spain has decided to extend the temporary border closure of the Schengen border owing to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country and in the world. The extension will be till October 31, 2020.
Earlier, Spain had announced keeping the borders closed until September 30, 2020. Now, that has been further extended with exceptions made to members of the EU including people who live within the Schengen area, the Vatican, habitual residents of Andorra, San Marino, and many other countries.
The non-European countries whose citizens will be allowed entry into Spain include:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
People from certain categories will be immune to the decision to close borders. They include:
- Health professionals
- Cross-border workers
- Elderly care professionals
- Diplomatic personnel
As the recent BBC report says, around 10,000 new daily cases of COVID-19 infections are registered in Spain. In Madrid, close to 800 persons out of every 100,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 2 weeks. This scenario forced Spain to impose travel restrictions in Madrid so that the pandemic is kept under check.
As of now, the Spanish government lets people go out of their home districts only for emergency purposes. Restaurants and bars are allowed to work only till 10 pm. Not more than 6 persons are allowed to stay together in any place. These rules have been imposed in 9 towns around Madrid.
The concerning and highly risky situation in Spain around COVID-19 has made 22 Schengen countries to urge their citizens to avoid traveling to Spain unless it’s absolutely essential. Spain had an 80% decrease in the number of tourists via international airports in July 2020, when compared to the numbers in July 2019. For Spain tourist visa is at the moment is a frozen prospect.
It’s a tough time for Spain especially with a dramatic decrease in the number of people arriving in the country on a tourist visa. But the country is still doing the right thing to wade through the pandemic crisis.
If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate to Europe, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company.
If you found this blog engaging, you may also like…