14 day quarantine for anyone entering Spain, starting on Friday

Spain introduces two-week quarantine for anyone entering the country from Friday while it is still in ‘state of emergency’

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Spain will force everyone entering the country quarantine for a fortnight from Friday to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Travellers will have to self-isolate at a specific address for 14 days – thought to be the maximum incubation period of the virus – under the new rules.

The measure will stay in place until the end of Spain’s state of emergency.

The current state of emergency ends on May 24 but Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez has already said he wants to extend it a fifth time and would like to keep it in place until at least the end of June.

The move will be another blow to Spain’s under-fire tourism industry and the chances of Brits enjoying a Costa holiday this year.

It comes after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced similar measures for people reaching Britain which is expected to be in place by the start of June.

Only certain workers including lorry drivers and health professional will be exempted from the Spanish quarantine measures.

The quarantine rule, published in an official state bulletin on Tuesday, said it was being adopted so ‘measures of control’ could be reinforced following the improvement of the coronavirus situation in Spain.

It comes after health chiefs announced on Monday that 123 people had died from coronavirus in the previous 24 hours, the lowest rise in the number of single-day deaths since March 18.

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