People from risk areas in France who arrive in Spain by road as of Tuesday must have a negative PCR or other diagnostic test for coronavirus carried out in the previous seventy-two hours. This requirement is similar to the one already required of those arriving by boat or plane. Currently, all of France is at risk, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, which Health takes as a reference.
The order of the Ministry of Health, which publishes this Saturday the Official State Gazette (BOE), qualifies the measure as “urgent and necessary” given the epidemiological situation and establishes several exceptions. Children under six years of age, truck drivers, cross-border workers and residents of border areas within a 30-kilometer radius of their place of residence will not have to present this proof.
The text justifies that this new requirement is “proportional” because it is “fully adequate to achieve the intended purpose, which is precisely to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus and its said variants in our country.”
This new demand comes in the midst of the controversy over illegal parties and the so-called “drunken tourism”, which has the focus on French tourists since, according to police sources, young people of this nationality are the foreigners who participate in greater measured at illegal parties.
The measure will enter into force three days after its publication in the BOE and will remain until the Government declares the end of the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19.