By Damon Mitchell • 17 March 2020 • 14:09
OFFICIAL DETAILS OF THE CLOSURE OF SPANISH BORDERS FROM THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE
THE FCO has updated its Travel Advice to state that from Tuesday 17 until the end of the State of Alarm, Spain is closing its borders to those who wish to enter the country, with some exceptions. The land borders remain open for those leaving Spain. At present, air and maritime borders will remain open following the restrictions put in place by the Spanish government in response to the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19). For more information visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain.
On 14 March, the Spanish government introduced a State of Alarm, which imposes significant restrictions on movement throughout Spain in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Transport services will be operating at reduced levels. Public gatherings are banned, most shops, many businesses and all schools and universities are closed, and residents have been instructed to remain at home as much as possible. There are limited, specific exceptions to the requirement to remain at home, in particular in order to buy food or other essential items, to return home to the primary residence, to go to work if unable to work from home and to carry out caring or similar duties.
We keep our travel advice under constant review and recommend that British nationals sign up for alerts, so they know when it has been updated. Anyone with upcoming journeys planned, should check with their airlines and tour operators for the latest information.
British Ambassador to Spain, Hugh Elliott, recorded a video message for explaining the implications of the State of Alarm and showing his appreciation by saying “A big thank you to the Spanish authorities, in particular the healthcare professionals, for all the great work they are doing to help keep everyone in Spain – of all nationalities – safe, in circumstances that are very challenging indeed.” You can view the video at www.facebook.com/BritsInSpain/videos/2660845330824956
For more information on coronavirus, please follow the advice of the Spanish government www.mscbs.gob.es/ and UK government www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus.
These details are correct at the time of going to press.
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