Entry restriction begins from countries outside the EU

This Monday, the order that restricts non-essential trips to Spain from non-member countries of the European Union and others associated with the Schengen area begins to be applied for a month, for reasons of public order and public health due to the coronavirus crisis.

The order applies as of this midnight the limitations agreed on March 17 by the European Council to reinforce the external borders by temporarily restricting non-essential travel to the EU for a period of 30 days.

EU partners left European citizens or long-term residents, as well as diplomatic staff, out of these limitations.

The order complements the measures already approved on the occasion of the declaration of the state of alarm, which reestablishes controls at the internal land borders due to the health crisis situation.

As a general rule, nationals of non-EU countries may not enter Spain for reasons of public order or public health, with the exception of those who are residents of the EU or countries associated with the Schengen area who are heading to their place of home; long-term visa holders issued by a Member State or the Schengen area, cross-border workers, health or elderly care professionals, personnel dedicated to the transport of goods in the exercise of their activity and flight personnel.

Also left out of the prohibition are diplomatic personnel, people in transit for imperative family reasons "duly accredited" and persons who documentary evidence "reasons of force majeure or situation of need" or humanitarian reasons.

These provisions do not affect either the land border with Andorra or Gibraltar.

Temporarily, the land posts enabled for the entry and exit of Spain through the cities of Ceuta and Melilla are also closed.


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