OFFICIAL STATEMENT 024
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation recommends restricting trips overseas

​Given the increase in flight cancellations to and from Spain related to COVID19, Spanish travellers are recommended to reconsider their travel plans. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation calls for responsibility from citizens in avoiding making journeys abroad that are not urgent or essential.

12/03/2020

The need to limit travel can be clearly seen considering that at this time a total of 61 countries have imposed restrictions on trips by citizens from Spain*. 21 countries have established some type of ban on the entry of people from Spain or have suspended air and/or maritime communications: Saudi Arabia, El Salvador, Slovakia, United States (affects 26 European countries), the Philippines, Guatemala (on all European countries), India, Iraq, Israel (on all non-residents), Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Kuwait (ban on all non-nationals), Malta, Morocco, Montenegro, Qatar, the Czech Republic, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.

 

Furthermore, a total of 25 countries impose forms of quarantine on people arriving from Spain: Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burundi, Chile, China, Cyprus, Colombia, Cuba, Georgia, Kiribati, Kuwait, Laos, Liberia, North Macedonia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Peru, Ruanda, Romania, Russia (Moscow), Samoa, Thailand, Uganda. Finally, another 15 countries demand some kind of measures in the event of travelling there, such as Germany, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Haiti, Honduras, Italy, Japan (quarantine may be imposed to those who are suspected of having had contact with infected persons or who have developed symptoms), Lithuania, Nepal, Ukraine and Vietnam.

As regards Spanish citizens that are overseas, they are reminded of the importance of precisely following the travel recommendations issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, as well as the general indications offered by the Ministry of Health. All of Spain’s embassies and consulates-general aboard remain open and available 24 hours a day through the emergency consular hotline and social media channels to attend to Spanish citizens in emergency situations.

In recent days, the crisis unit of the Directorate-General of Spaniards Abroad and of Consular Affairs has been strengthened and received five times more staff to guarantee continued attention by phone for consular emergencies.
 



*(This list is subject to change)

 

 

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