Coming on the heels of the UK's own quarantine announcement, the Spanish Health Ministry has announced that travelers from abroad will have to self-quarantine for 14 days. The requirement begins on Friday May 15 and will last throughout the duration of the State of Alarm.
These new measures may be extended by the government if other parties support such a move in the lower house of parliament, the Congress of Deputies. If the State of Alarm is extended for another two weeks, the travel restrictions will, in principle, continue to apply.
Health Minister Salvador Illa added on Tuesday that the quarantine will “very likely [extend] throughout the entire deescalation period,” which is scheduled to end in June 2020 if there are no new spikes in coronavirus transmission. Speaking after the Cabinet meeting, Illa said that the goal is to ensure that “the enormous effort of these last nine weeks is not ruined because of one imported case.”
During the quarantine period, anyone coming into Spanish territory from another country will have to remain inside their home or rented lodgings. Trips outside will be limited to the purchase of essential products such as food and medicine, to seek medical assistance, and for other situations of urgent necessity. Face masks must be worn at all times.
Authorities may contact individuals in quarantine to check on their health status, and anyone who develops symptoms is instructed to call the regional health services. Travel agencies and transportation companies will have to inform prospective customers about these requirements when travel arrangements are made. Airlines will provide customers with a Passenger Location Card that passengers must have with them when they enter Spain.