The Spanish authorities have announced that the country will further extend the measures imposed on arrivals from Brazil and South Africa due to the high COVID-19 infection rates.
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As such, the existing travel advice on the entry ban for the two countries will be effective from July 6 until July 20, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
According to the new restrictions imposed by the Spanish Government, arrivals from Brazil and South Africa landing at the country’s airports will not be permitted to enter the country.
Following the update, flights from South Africa and Brazil to Spain are restricted, and only the following groups of people are allowed to enter Spain:
Nationals of Spain or Andorra
Residents of Spain or Andorra
Persons transiting through Spain to reach another country with a stopover of fewer than 24 hours without leaving the transit zone of the airport
State aircraft, Spanish search and rescue services (SAR), flights with a stopover in the territory of Spain for non-commercial purposes who have their final destination in another country, apart from cargo flights and medical, emergency, or humanitarian flights.
Nonetheless, some exceptions are made for several categories of people wishing to travel from South Africa or Brazil, which include:
Legal residents of the European Union, Schengen Area countries, Andorra, Monaco, the Vatican City State, and San Marino with documented evidence
Persons holding a long-term visa issued by a Member State/Schengen Area country who are travelling to the issuing country
Healthcare professionals, including elderly care professionals and health researchers going to or returning from a work-related trip
Seafarers, transport personnel, and aeronautical personnel who carry essential transport activities
Personnel of humanitarian, diplomatic, military, civil protection, and consular organisations
Students who are studying in Member States/Schengen countries who hold the corresponding visa and medical insurance
Highly qualified workers who carry out essential duties that can not be postponed or fulfilled remotely, including sporting events participants
Persons travelling for essential family purposes
Those who are permitted entry into Spain are required to fill in a Health Control Form and provide proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test result, or proof of the previous recovery. ■