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Compulsory 14-day quarantine in the Spanish State for those arriving from abroad during the state of alarm

  • Cross-border workers, transport company workers and crew members who need to travel to carry out their professional activities are exempted from the measure

The Ministry of Health of the Central Government has published an order (SND/403/2020) in the Official State Bulletin (BOE) obliging people arriving from abroad to remain in quarantine for fourteen days after their arrival. The measure comes into force on the 15th May and will remain so throughout the current state of alarm as well as during any subsequent extensions.

All persons in question must remain throughout the quarantine period in their accommodation/place of residence and may only go out to buy food, medicine and other essential goods, or to visit health centres or for other reasons of force majeure. The use of face masks is compulsory for any such movements.

Travel agencies and transport companies have the obligation to inform travellers of these measures at the beginning of any procedures to purchase tickets and in the case of air flights, airlines must provide passengers with the public health passenger locator card. They must carry the card on arrival in national territory.

In the Basque Country, if symptoms such as high temperature, coughing or breathing difficulties are detected it is necessary to contact the Osakidetza Basque Health Service via its website or by telephone (900 20 30 50), indicating that they are currently in quarantine after arriving from abroad.

Exemptions: Cross-border workers, transport company workers and crew members
Cross-border workers, transport company workers and crew members are exempt from this regulation as are health workers travelling in order to carry out their professional activities.

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