The Spanish government announced on Tuesday that restrictions on flights from the UK, Brazil and South Africa were extended until March 16, amid fears related to the coronavirus variants.
Like other countries, Spain suspended passenger arrivals from the United Kingdom at the end of December, except for Spaniards and foreign residents in Spain, due to the expansion of the British strain, which is more contagious.
On Tuesday, government spokeswoman María Jesús Montero said it was necessary to “contain as much as possible the contaminations linked” to the variants.
In early February, the government announced a strict limit on arrivals, this time from Brazil and South Africa, also because of the coronavirus variants detected in these two countries.
Here again, only passengers coming from these two countries with Spanish or Andorran nationality or residing in Spain or Andorra can enter Spain.
An exception is however made for transit passengers who are not allowed to leave the airport and cannot stay for more than 24 hours.
The variants discovered in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil are worrying the international community, which is wondering in particular about their contagiousness and the effectiveness of vaccines against them.
Spain, one of the European countries most affected by the pandemic with nearly 68,000 deaths and more than three million cases of contamination, has also imposed a quarantine of seven to ten days (depending on the positivity or not of the test) to all people arriving from Brazil or South Africa.