As Spain prepares to open its borders and international flights resume the Madrid regional head, Isabel Díaz Ayuso warned that central government guidelines and protocols are not sufficient to check for incoming Covid-19 passengers.
In a recent tweet, the regional premier said that the month from 11th May to 11th June saw a total of 32 passengers with coronavirus arriving at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport.
The Madrid regional government proposals are for pre-tested screening so that no traveller can board Spain bound flights without having tested negative for the coronavirus.
Some European Union countries such as Greece and Austria have already adopted a PCR screening test, which checks for the virus.
Madrid regional authorities are fearful that Barajas Airport could be a “door” to Spain for imported infected travellers who will then spread the virus throughout the country. Spain´s busiest airport is preparing to receive tens of thousands of passengers once the borders re-open on 1st July.
A further proposal to reduce the number of incoming flights coming from heavily infected countries heavily affected by the pandemic has also been announced along with a texting system for infected arrivals to take necessary action should they start to experience covid symptoms.
The Madrid region has been the worst hit in Spain with 71,223 cases and 8416 deaths to date out of a total of 295,549 registered cases and 28,341 deaths for Spain.