Spain to lift 14 day quarantine rule for tourists

- A Monitor Desk Report 28 May, 2020 | 384 Views|-+
Dhaka: Spain will lift its 14 day quarantine rule for foreign tourists in July, said Arancha González Laya, Minister for the Exterior, recently on social media.

He stated that the country will gradually reopen to international tourists from July, with no quarantine in place.

Spain’s tourism minister confirmed that foreign tourists can book holidays in the country from July 1, with the mandatory two week self-quarantine for overseas visitors expected to be suspended by then.

Many of Spain’s beaches were officially reopened to the public on May 25, as regions that have entered phase two of the government’s de-escalation plan are now allowed to welcome sunbathers and swimmers.

Beach bars were also allowed to open from May 25, with strict social distancing and cleaning measures. However, some of the most popular beach areas across the country still remain closed.

Areas not included in phase two, including Barcelona and Madrid, will have to wait at least another week before they are allowed to reopen their beaches. It is estimated that around half of Spain is still in phase one.

The Ministry of Health has issued guidance on maintaining social distancing and keeping apart when in the water, recommending umbrellas should be at least 12 feet apart.

Many councils have also taken their own measures to try and minimise the risk of coronavirus spread, including roping off "squares" for sunbathers, using ropes, bollards, tape or marks in the sand.

Others have planted hundreds of umbrellas in the sand to signal social distancing, and some beaches have introduced appointment systems or time limits.

Local authorities have also made use of phone apps and ‘traffic light’ signals to help control the crowds, by letting people know if beaches are full and directing them elsewhere.

Electronic screens with real-time updates have also been implemented at some beaches, with information being provided by drones.

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