Spain today extended until early May the quarantine obligation for all travelers arriving in its territory from 12 countries such as Brazil, Peru, Colombia and nine African countries, due to fears about coronavirus variants.
Spain justified this decision with concern regarding the Brazilian and South African variants and their spread to neighboring countries, especially because of their rapid spread, risk of re-infection and a possible reduction in vaccine efficacy.
“Travelers arriving from Brazil, South Africa, Botswana, Comoros, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Peru and Colombia with or without intermediate stops must remain in quarantine for ten days upon arrival or during the time of their stay in Spain if it is less than this duration “, according to the decision published in the Official Gazette of the State, reports ATSh.
This isolation period can be reduced to seven days if the person presents a negative PCR test.
“During this quarantine, persons must stay in their home or in their places of residence and are allowed to go out only to buy food, medicine and necessary things, to seek treatment”, according to the decision.
The measure will remain in force until at least May 3.
Spain, one of the European countries most affected by the pandemic with nearly 77,000 deaths and more than 3.4 million cases, has banned the arrival of passengers from South Africa and Brazil for several weeks, except for nationals. Spaniards and foreigners in Spain or Andorra.