In addition to Brazilians, entry is also restricted for passengers from the United Kingdom and South Africa; Expansion of new variants is among the main reasons for the blockade
Spain will extend, until next March 2, measures to restrict the entry of flights from Brazil, the United Kingdom and South Africa, except for its citizens and residents in the country and also in Andorra, due to the variants of the coronavirus detected in these countries. These restrictions would end next Tuesday, and the government decided to extend them on the 9th of this month, as it has done on other occasions. According to the Spanish government, although the epidemiological situation in the United Kingdom has improved, it still has a high cumulative incidence after 14 days, with 632 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants. In addition, the expansion of the new variant in that country remains worrying, since among all cases detected in the population, it increased from 46% in the first week of December 2020 to 76.6% in mid-January 2021.
As published on Saturday, 13, by the State Official Journal, the limitations on transport from the United Kingdom also extend to ports and passenger ships will only be allowed to enter when they are exclusively Spanish or Andorran, or residents of both countries . The rule establishes, however, some exceptions and allows the Ministry of Health to suspend the planned limitation, eventually authorizing aircraft flights or ships to enter for justified reasons. In Spain, an increase in cases linked to the new variant with wide geographical dispersion across the country was detected.
Likewise, from Brazil and South Africa, only flights with Spanish or Andorran citizens, as well as residents of both countries or passengers in international transit to a country outside the Schengen area (European common area) with a scale of less than 24 hours , can arrive in Spain, but without leaving the transit area of the Spanish airport. The measure was adopted due to the emergence of new variants of the virus linked to these countries.
* With information from EFE