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Spain will force a 14-day quarantine on anyone arriving from abroad

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The measure takes effect this Friday. Travellers will only be able to travel to health centres, buy food, drugs or basic necessities and will have to wear a mask

Travellers arriving in Spain from abroad, including those from the EU or the Schengen area, must keep a 14-day quarantine, according to an order from the Ministry of Health published this Tuesday in the Official State Bulletin (BOE).

The measure will apply from Friday, May 15, and will be in force during the state of alarm, until the 24th, and possible extensions, and “most likely throughout the period of de-escalation,” said the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, after the Council of Ministers. The objective, that “the enormous effort of these nine weeks is not wasted by an imported case”.

Until now, this measure had only been applied to exceptional authorisations granted for Spanish nationals and residents in Spain repatriated from Italy. Now it will be applied to all international travellers, with a few exceptions for work reasons.

Salvador Illa, Minister of Health, explained the quarantine for travellers arriving from abroad at the press conference following the Council of Ministers. (EPV)

The order itself states that in most European countries, quarantine periods of 14 days have been established for travellers.

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