Amidst plans for reopening the country in a series of planned phases, Spain has announced that international passengers will be required to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

Due to be implemented from 15 May onwards, the new guidelines will require travellers to remain in self-isolation in a bid to keep transmission levels low following a battle to curb the spread in Spain. Travellers who have arrived in the country will have to remain in isolation and will be allowed out only to shop for essential supplies such as food, health centre visits and in cases of “situation of need”, an official order said. The order also applies to Spanish citizens returning from foreign destinations. 

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Tourist sites may remain closed in Spanish cities © Hagens World Photographs / Getty Images

Spain has been amongst one of the worst affected countries, with 272,646 total cases and 27,321 total deaths to date. The latest figures have shown that the number of new cases and daily deaths have fallen however. The country has a plan to lift restrictions over the coming months.

The quarantine is set to be in place until at least 24 May, upon which it could be extended. The Spanish government recently published a document on the gradual restoration of domestic transport links. Commercial flights are currently operating between the mainland and the Balearic and Canary Islands.

Low cost carrier Ryanair announced that it plans to resume 40% of flights by July 1 after suspending the majority of its services in mid-June. This will result in an estimated 1000 flights per day on different routes, with Spain being included. 

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