By Laura Kemp • 15 May 2020 • 9:04
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“PEOPLE coming from abroad must quarantine for 14 days following their arrival” states the Official State Bulletin this Tuesday. This order established by the Ministry of Health, which comes into force at 12.00am on May 15, aims to enforce a quarantine for people arriving in Spain from abroad, at least until the State of Alarm ends.
It establishes that any person who travels to Spain from abroad, regardless if they are Spanish or foreign, must be quarantined for two weeks either “at home or accommodation, and must limit their movements” to certain activities such as “acquisition of food, pharmaceuticals, access to health centres or due to force majeure.”
Furthermore, travellers in quarantine must wear a mask if they venture outside their home or accommodation to complete any of these tasks. In addition, they must abide to all the necessary hygiene measures to prevent transmitting the disease and take special care in regard to the people who they live with.
In the case of showing symptoms, such as a fever, cough, respiratory distress, general malaise, or other suspected symptoms of Covid-19, the quarantined individual should contact health services by telephone, and indicate that “they are in quarantine due to having come from abroad.”
The transborder workers, transporters and crews, as well as health professionals who go to work across borders, are exempt from this standard, “provided they have not been in contact with people diagnosed with Covid-19.”
For this reason, travel agencies, tour operators and transport companies must inform travellers of these measures at the beginning of the sale process when offering tickets destined for Spanish territory.
Airlines must provide a public health form to passengers for them to fill in so that they may be located during their travels if needed (Passenger Location card), this must be filled in by the traveller upon their arrival in Spain.
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