Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Spain Extends Entry Ban for Arrivals From Morocco & Algeria Until June 30

The Spanish Ministry of Interior has once again extended the entry restrictions on non-essential travel for arrivals from Morocco and Algeria as well as other non-European Union/Schengen Area countries.

Consequently, the existing previous advice on the entry ban, which was made back on July 17, 2020, for arrivals from third countries, has been extended until June 30, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Based on the new restrictions imposed by the Spanish authorities, arrivals from Morocco and Algeria will not be permitted entry to the country. When closing the borders for the two countries, the Spanish authorities said they followed the principle of reciprocity as they have several reasons to do so.

Except for Morocco and Algeria, Spain had already banned entry for other countries where COVID-19 and its mutations have widely spread.

In contrast, legal residents of the EU, those holding a long-term visa issued by a Member State, students who study in one of the EU countries, highly qualified workers, and those who travel for essential purposes are not affected by the decision.

In a press release issued by the Ministry of Interior, it was also pointed out that based on the EU Council’s Recommendation on non-essential travel, the country established a list of countries whose residents are exempt from the entry restrictions. Thus, countries with low infection rates such as New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Rwanda, China, South Korea, and Thailand will be allowed to enter Spain.

Recently Spain has been undergoing a tense standoff with Morocco as 8,000 migrants from the North African country entered the Spanish enclave of Ceuta illegally only during one night alone.

The migrants crossed the border between the two countries by using boats or swimming, and it is believed that more than 1,500 persons among them were teenagers. When they landed in Spain, the migrants were thoroughly checked by the Red Cross healthcare personnel and then were moved to a reception centre to be held into custody.

The Spanish authorities did not stand still, as they returned around 4,800 persons back to Morocco immediately.

Following the events, the Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez arrived in Ceuta and assured that order would be brought back in place.

Previously, Spain lifted its entry restrictions for travellers from the UK, meaning that British citizens can now travel to Spain without having to present a negative Coronavirus test result. Except for the UK, the relaxation of measures will also apply to all those arriving from Japan, provided that they have received the vaccine against COVID-19.

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