Spain lifts its state of emergency, reopening its borders to visitors from most of Europe and allowing British tourists in without having to quarantine.
Spain has been under one of Europe’s toughest lockdowns for three months to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez has warned that hygiene controls must be followed strictly, despite the easing. Spain’s Covid-19 death toll is the third-highest in the European Union with 28,322 deaths.
The Spanish Prime Minister has urged caution as restrictions on movement within the country have been lifted. Reopening its borders to visitors from Europe and allowing tourists in without having to quarantine, Spain lifts its state of emergency.
The state of emergency was ordered on 14 March, and for many weeks people could not go out to exercise and children were not allowed to leave their homes for any reason.
Tourism contributes more than 12% of Spain’s GDP and usually attracts as many as 80 million tourists a year. The opening up of the holiday market again before the summer season is noted to be crucial to the Spanish economy.
The temperature of the arrivals will be taken at the airport which mentions if they have had the virus and they will also have to provide their contact details. Spain opens up to the rest of the EU and Schengen zone countries outside the EU.
Spaniards can now once again enjoy traveling freely in their own country.
However, social distancing rules will be continued which means that people have to stay 1.5m (5ft) apart in public, wear masks in shops and on public transport, where that rule cannot always be kept, and clean their hands frequently.
Mr. Sánchez urged that “We must remain on our guard and strictly follow hygiene and protection measures.” He also cautioned of the risk of a second coronavirus wave, “which must be avoided at all costs”.
Spain’s land border with Portugal will continue to be closed until 1 July, at Portugal’s request.