Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Spain Abolishes COVID-19 Testing Requirement for Arrivals From Majority of German & Italian Regions

Most regions in Germany and Italy have been excluded from Spain’s high-risk list of countries and areas, based on the COVID-19 infection rate. As a result, Spain now permits citizens of these regions to travel the country without being obliged to present a negative result of the COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination or recovery.

Such a decision has been confirmed by Spain’s Health Ministry after it updated its entry requirements for all European Union and European Economic Area and it’s expected to boost the number of tourists in the Southwestern European country, reports.

According to the Spanish Health Ministry, the number of infections in both regions mentioned above has recently decreased; taking into account their advanced vaccination campaigns; therefore, they will be allowed to enter the country restriction-free.

Citizens from all German states, excluding Baden-Württemberg and Saarland, can benefit from Spain’s recent decision too.

As for Italy, travellers from the following regions will be permitted to enter Spain restriction-free; Emilia-Romagna, Lazio, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lombardia, Liguria, Marche, Piemonte, Molise,  Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano/Bozen, Puglia, Provincia Autonoma di Trento, Sardinia, Toscana, Umbria and Veneto.

From Spain’s testing requirement have also been exempted the following Norwegian territories:

  • Innlandet
  • Møre og Romsdal
  • Nordland, Rogaland
  • Trøndelag
  • Vestland
  • Viken

Besides the territories mentioned above, visitors from the following countries will also be permitted to enter Spain without being subject to preventive measures imposed to halt the spread of the virus, such as testing or quarantine requirements; Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and Malta.

Spain’s Health Ministry recent decision also includes travellers from Greece’s regions of Anatoliki Makedonia Thraki, Ipeiros, Peloponnisos and Voreio Aigaion.

According to the same Ministry, Croatians from Panonska Hrvatska can also head to Spain without being required to follow additional requirements to enter the country.

Earlier this month, Spain’s coastline Costa Blanca welcomed six thousand tourists, a day after Spain permitted vaccinated people from all over the world to enter the country.

The Southern European country opened its doors to citizens from all over the world, except for those coming from Brazil, South Africa and India, which have reported an increased number of variant infections recently. Such a decision was taken to help the country’s tourism sector recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Spain’s tourism industry risked suffering over 40 billion euros financial loss, as high infection rates of COVID-19 pushed the country’s authorities to suspend the majority of flights temporarily.

Based on the figures published by the World Health Organization, a total of 3,764,651 people tested positive for the Coronavirus in Spain, and 80,689 people died, up to this point.

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