Spain has banned travelers from Brazil and South Africa, with some exemptions, in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 variants.

Key Points:

  • Flights from Brazil and South Africa may only land at Spanish airports if they are carrying Spanish nationals or residents, Andorran nationals, travelers transiting through Spain to a non-Schengen country, provided they will spend less than 24 hours in Spain and will not leave the transit area of the Spanish airport.
  • Government flights, search and rescue services and non-commercial flights with a stop in the Spanish territory are exempt.
  • Cargo, ferry, humanitarian, medical and emergency flights and aeronautic staff required for air transport are also exempt from the air travel ban.

The ban started at 9:00 a.m. Madrid time on Feb. 3, and will be in force until 9:00 a.m. Madrid time on Feb. 17; the ban may be extended.

Analysis & Comments: The response to COVID-19 continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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