Shake-up for entry procedures to Spain

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SOME Covid-19 paperwork checks at Spain’s borders were eliminated this week.

The ministry for health noted that with effect from Tuesday it was no longer necessary for travellers from non-EU countries to fill in the form at the Spain Travel Health (SpTH) website when they enter the country by air or sea.

The decision has been taken due to the ‘evolution of the pandemic around the world’ and to ‘facilitate international travel’.

A ministry for health spokesperson told Costa Blanca News that the healthcare focus at the border is now changing.

Rather than carrying out ‘routine document checks on all travellers’ they will concentrate on ‘detecting people suspected of suffering from Covid-19 or any other disease which could present a risk for public health’.

The health checks will consist of temperature checks and ‘visual assessments’ of arrivals.

The ministry website states that ‘persons arriving in Spain by air or sea from countries that do not belong to the European Union or do not have the status of Schengen associated countries may be subject to a health check at the first point of entry’.

Full report in Friday’s Costa Blanca News

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