With 1,417,709 cases and 40,105 deaths, Spain is one of Europe’s main coronavirus hotspots. Last month, the government announced a new state of emergency, imposing a curfew and allowing closure of internal borders, in an effort to slow a rise in COVID-19 cases.
The ministry added it will start using EU criteria to define which countries are classified as high risk. The rule would apply to non-EU countries with more than 150 cases per 100,000 people over the past 14 days, health minister Salvador Illa said. EU countries with more than 50 cases per 100,000, will also be affected by the test rule.
“We will ask the airlines to collaborate and check for travellers’ PCR (swab) tests before boarding,” Illa said, adding that Spain had no plans to impose mandatory quarantine for foreign arrivals.
Spain’s infection rate over the past 14 days stands at 514 cases per 100,000 people.