Through the latest update regarding the epidemiological situation of the EU countries, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has decided to place Spain and the Balearic Islands in the dark red category.

Such a decision comes after the country registered an upsurge in Coronavirus cases, identifying more than 500 infections per 100,000 inhabitants during the last 14 days, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Consequently, since Spain has been registering high infection rates, ECDC has advised against all unnecessary travel to the country and to the three islands, Ibiza, Palma, and Minorca.

Spain is one of the EU countries that has been severely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. However, since the country’s economy significantly relies on the travel and tourism industry, the country decided to open its borders for several arrivals from the European Member States without requiring them to undergo testing and quarantine requirements.

Despite the fact that Spain, together with the Balearic Islands, have been categorised by the ECDC as dark red, individual countries remain responsible whether they want to impose measures against travellers returning from or travelling to mainland Spain or one of the islands.

Austria has already announced that stricter rules will apply to all persons returning after a stay in Spain. The authorities announced that in a bid to contain the rapid spread of the virus and protect public health, all persons entering the country would be required to present a negative PCR test result upon arrival.

The ones who are unable to undergo testing before arrival can get tested free of charge at the airport. In addition, anyone who refuses to get tested risks a fine of €1,450.

Germany has also imposed measures against arrivals from Spain. According to the German Federal Ministry of Health, all persons arriving from Spain need to present a negative COVID-19 test result, proof of vaccination, or medical proof that indicates that the holder has recovered from the disease.

As for unvaccinated travellers arriving from Spain, the German authorities announced that they are obliged to go into quarantine immediately after arrival and stay self-isolated for ten days.

Except for Austria and Germany, the United States Department and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have urged US citizens to refrain from any trip to Spain.

“The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Spain due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country,” the Department of State said.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is an agency of the European Union whose mission is to strengthen Europe’s defences against infectious diseases.

First reported at SchengenVisaInfo.com