Coronavirus COVID-19

Ministry of Health establishes 14-day quarantine for people arriving from abroad

News - 2020.5.12

Accordingly, it establishes that these people will need to stay at home or in their accommodation, and can only leave to buy food, pharmaceutical products and other basic needs, to attend health centres and services, and due to force majeure or a situation of need. They must always wear a face mask when leaving their home or accommodation.

"It is necessary to limit the risks stemming from international passenger travel, and hence during the period of de-escalation, the measures must be stepped up to monitor and control the health of all international travellers with the aim of avoiding the emergence of imported cases", states the Order.

According to Order SND/403/2020, of 11 May, which will enter into force on 15 May and be applied while the extension to the state of emergency is in force, the health authorities may contact those people in quarantine to monitor their progress.

Should any suspicious symptoms of COVID-19 be detected, those in quarantine should call the numbers enabled in each autonomous region, indicating that they are in quarantine as a result of travelling from abroad. These people will also maintain hygiene and prevention measures "particularly in relation to contact with those they live with", states the Order.

Travel agencies, tour operators and transport companies must inform travellers of these measures at the start of the process to sell tickets for travel to Spain. In the case of aircraft, airlines will provide a public health form to localise passengers.

These measures will not be applied to cross-border workers, hauliers and crew, or to healthcare professionals that are travelling to work, provided that they have not been in contact with people diagnosed with COVID-19.

This Order comes on top of other measures passed by the Ministry of Health to limit the risks stemming from international passenger travel, such as Order INT/396/2020, of 8 May, extending the controls on internal borders, and Order INT/356/2020, of 20 April, extending the criteria for the application of a temporary restriction on non-essential travel from third countries to the European Union and Schengen associated countries.

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