The Spanish goverment has extended the travel restrictions from the United Kingdom, Brazil, and several southern African countries until 30th March.
The restrictions are in place in an effort to contain the spread of the mutant variants of the Covid-19 coronavirus that have been seen in the three countries.
The mutant strains are believed to be up to 70% more contagious but do not have a higher mortality rate.
Under the restrictions only returning Spanish nationals and foreigners who are officially resident in Spain will be allowed to enter the country and even then will be required to quarantine themselves for up to 10 days.
Passengers who land in Spain in international transit are not allowed to exit the ” airport’s transit area.”
However some question the point of the extention as the the more contagious British variant is already rife in the population, accounting for up to 50% of all new cases according to the Madrid regional health minister, Enrique Ruiz Escudero.
It also dampens hope of an Easter return for UK tourists to Spain who are sorely missed by Spain´s stuggling sector.