ECDC places Spain and Balearic Islands in dark red category and warns against travel to the country

Thanks to the latest update on the epidemiological situation in EU countries, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has decided to place Spain and the Balearic Islands in the dark red category.

The move comes after the country saw an upsurge in coronavirus cases, identifying more than 500 infections per 100,000 population in the past 14 days, reports

Therefore, since Spain has recorded high infection rates, the ECDC has advised against unnecessary travel within the country and the three islands, Ibiza, Palma and Menorca.

Spain is one of the countries in the EU that has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. However, given that the country’s economy relies heavily on the travel and tourism industry, the country has decided to open its borders to multiple arrivals from European member states without requiring them to undergo testing and to quarantine requirements.

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Despite the fact that Spain, as well as the Balearic Islands, has been classified by the ECDC as dark red, individual countries remain responsible if they wish to impose measures against travelers returning or traveling to mainland Spain or the ‘one of the islands.

Austria has already announced that stricter rules will apply to all people returning after a stay in Spain. Authorities have announced that in an effort to contain the rapid spread of the virus and protect public health, all people entering the country will be required to present a negative PCR test result upon arrival.

Those who cannot be tested before arrival can get tested for free at the airport. In addition, anyone who refuses to be tested is liable to a fine of € 1,450.

Germany has also imposed measures against arrivals from Spain. According to the German Federal Ministry of Health, all people arriving from Spain must present a negative COVID-19 test result, proof of vaccination or medical evidence indicating that the holder has recovered from the disease.

As for unvaccinated travelers arriving from Spain, German authorities have announced that they are forced to self-quarantine immediately upon arrival and remain in self-isolation for ten days.

With the exception of Austria and Germany, the US Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have urged US citizens to refrain from all travel to Spain.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level 4 travel health advisory for Spain due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country,” the State Department said.

Previously, reported that the Czech Republic had imposed self-isolation tests and measures for all people arriving from Spain.

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