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Spanish flag and blue sky Spain Tightens Restrictions On Travellers From France And Italy Spain News

The whole of France and Italy have been placed on Spain’s ‘high-risk’ list, as stricter entry restrictions are put in place.

The list, which is for European Union and Schengen Area countries that are considered to be more of a risk to public health, was updated by the Spanish Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare on September 6.

These new restrictions are a change from the previously updated list of August 30, when only certain regions of both countries were considered as ‘high-risk’ areas and were therefore subject to stricter entry rules.

The regions originally on the list were:-

France - Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche Comté, Bretagne, Corse, Guadeloupe, Guyane, La Réunion, Martinique, Occitanie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Center – Val de Loire, Grand Est, Hauts-de-France, Ile-de-France, Normandie and Nouvelle-Aquitaine et Pays de la Loire.

Italy - Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Marche, Sardegna, Sicily, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardia, Piemonte, Autonomous Province of Bolzano / Bozen, Autonomous Province of Trento, Puglia, Umbria, Valle d’Aosta / Vallée d’Aoste and Veneto.

The tighter travel restrictions became effective from September 6 and will remain in place until September 12.

Anyone travelling from France and Italy to Spain will now need to provide documentation that proves they have either been fully vaccinated with a vaccine that is accepted by the Spanish authorities or have proof of previously having Covid-19, alongside a negative Covid test.

This move has come after data from the World Health Organisation (WHO), shows that both France and Italy have seen an increase in the number of Covid infections.

Figures show that the rate of newly reported cases in the last seven days per 100,000 people in France is 136.31 and in Italy, it is 67.55.

In the last 24 hours, however, France has recorded 2,310 new cases of infection and Italy sees a higher figure of 3,347 new cases.

The current areas in the EU and Schengen Areas that are on Spain’s ‘high risk’ list are as follows:-

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland (Etelä-Suomi, Helsinki-Uusimaa, Länsi-Suomi and Pohjois Ja Itä-Suomi)
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Romania (Bucureşti-Ilfov, Nord-Vest and Vest)
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden

As well as the new ‘high-risk’ list, the Spanish authorities have also updated their list of epidemiologically safe third countries.

The newly updated list has seen the removal of Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macedonia, North Macedonia and Montenegro.

Countries that remain on this list are eligible to enter Spain even for non-essential purposes.