• Quote: ‘We’re looking to contain infections associated with the Covid variants as far as possible’

By Andrew Atkinson

The Spanish government announced another travel ban extension for travellers from the UK until at least March 16, from March 2, due to the new Covid variants.

The extended travel ban also covered Brazil and South Africa.

Following a meeting of Spain’s cabinet on February 23 the Health Minister Carolina Darias told a news conference it was to extend entry restrictions for travellers for another two weeks.

Only legal residents or nationals of Spain and the neighbouring micro-state of Andorra are currently allowed in on flights from these countries.

The restriction on arrivals from Britain was imposed at the end of December 2020.

This is the fifth time that Spain has extended its restrictions on arrivals from Britain.

“We’re looking to contain infections associated with the Covid variants as far as possible,” said Spanish government spokesperson María Jesús Montero.

Flight and ferry routes from the UK to Spain are expected to be reduced under the protocol of legal residents or nationals of Spain allowed to board.

Transit passengers will be allowed to continue their journey through Spain – as long as their stayover is less than 24 hours – and they don’t leave the airport.

Non-resident UK second home owners who aren’t residents cannot visit Spain, until further notice.