In Spain, masks are no longer compulsory outdoors

In Spain, masks are no longer compulsory outdoors

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In Spain, masks are no longer compulsory outdoors 

For days, the corona measures have been significantly relaxed everywhere in Spain – now the obligation to wear a mask outdoors has also been abolished. 

Since Thursday (February 10), wearing a mask to protect against the corona virus outdoors is no longer mandatory in Spain. The government introduced the mask requirement in December. The situation in the country has changed because of the falling number of infections in the past few days, Health Minister Carolina Darias justified the step. Despite sharp increases in the number of cases between November and January, the infection rate has fallen steadily over the past two weeks. The number of hospital admissions and deaths related to the corona virus is also well below the level of previous waves of the corona pandemic.

Vacationers are also allowed to move outdoors again without mouth and nose protection. This means that walks on the beach and hikes are also possible again without a mask.

In Catalonia you can celebrate again

In Catalonia, the region with the tourist metropolis of Barcelona, ​​locals and visitors will soon be able to enjoy nightlife again: discotheques, clubs and other nightspots will be allowed to reopen on Friday (February 11) after a corona-related forced closure of almost six weeks.

This was announced by the government of the region in northeastern Spain last week. Then a Covid passport is no longer required. Catalonia recently lifted the 3G rule (i.e.: vaccinated, recovered or tested) for entering many indoor public spaces, as well as limits on the occupancy of restaurants and other venues. But until February 11, it is the only one of the 17 regions in Spain where nightlife is still closed.

The current Corona situation in Spain

For days, the corona measures have been significantly relaxed or abolished everywhere in Spain. According to the Ministry of Health, the peak of the current corona wave, which was mainly triggered by the omicron variant, has passed.

The seven-day incidence in the popular holiday destination has fallen by about half since its peak in mid-January (1657) and now stands at 806.1 (as of February 10). The pressure on the healthcare system is decreasing again. Also because of the high vaccination rate, most of those infected show no or only mild symptoms of the disease. 82 percent of the population have been vaccinated at least twice and are therefore basic immunized.

What applies to entering Spain despite Corona?

The Spanish government continues to classify Germany as a risk area. All travelers over the age of 12 are therefore obliged to carry one of the following proofs: either a negative test result that must not be more than 72 hours (PCR test) or 48 hours (antigen test) old or proof of vaccination or Proof of recovery from COVID-19 infection within the last 180 days. All supporting documents must be electronic or paper in Spanish, English, French or German.

Travelers entering Spain by air or sea must also fill out a health screening form on the Spain Travel Health portal . Important: The form may be filled out no more than 48 hours before you plan to enter the country.

When entering the country, regular health checks are carried out by measuring the temperature, evaluating the entry form by the health authorities and visually checking the traveler. Persons with a temperature above 37.5 °C or other abnormalities can be subjected to a detailed examination.

What applies to travelers returning from Spain?

Unvaccinated people must be quarantined at home for ten days when they return from a high-risk area. You can get rid of it at the earliest after five days with a negative test. For vaccinated and recovered people, on the other hand, there is no quarantine obligation after their return. Irrespective of this, however, all travelers must fill out an entry declaration if they return to Germany from a high-risk area. This can be done online, but in an emergency also on paper. For children under the age of 12, the quarantine ends five days after re-entry, even without proof of a negative test result. Holidaymakers who only drive through a high-risk area on their way home are exempt from the quarantine obligation.