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Spain tightens international travel restrictions due to the Omicron coronavirus variant

From 1 December travellers from the UK must present a Covid-19 vaccination certificate on arrival and will not be able to enter with a negative PCR test alone

ÁLVARO SOTO

Spain will increase restrictions on travellers from third countries from 1 December due to the appearance of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

As a result, passengers from the United Kingdom will only be able to enter Spain if they present a vaccination certificate, and not with a negative Covid-19 diagnostic test or having overcome the disease, as was previously the case.

Until now, passengers from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland had an exemption that will be abolished as of Wednesday (1 December) with the modification of Order INT / 657/2020, published this Saturday in the BOE Official State Gazette.

The new order details that, from these countries, only "people with a vaccination certificate that the (Spanish) Ministry of Health recognises for this purpose" may enter Spain.

Namibia is also removed from the list of third special administrative regions and other entities and territorial authorities whose residents are not affected by the temporary restriction of non-essential travel to the EU across the external borders, in view of the fact that it is included in the list of countries for which Member States consider it appropriate to increase precautions.

In addition, the new order includes the “third countries, special administrative regions and other territorial entities and authorities whose residents are not affected by the temporary restriction of non-essential trips to the EU through the external borders in the terms set out in this order”. These countries are Argentina; Australia; Bahrain; Canada; Chile; Colombia; Indonesia; Jordan; Kuwait; New Zealand; Peru; Qatar; Rwanda; Saudi Arabia; South Korea; United Arab Emirates; Uruguay; China, in addition to the special administrative regions of the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong and Macao; together with entities and territorial authorities not recognised as States by at least one Member State of the European Union: Taiwan.