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Andaluca Lockdown Rules and Restrictions on Travel

Lockdown rules in Andalucia

Keeping you up to date on the lockdown rules in Andalucia

Unless otherwise mentioned these rules apply to all the provinces in Andalucia, Almeria, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga and Seville.

Click on this link for the interactive map of Andalucia that shows the Covid 19 risk in each municipality in Andalucia and the restrictions that apply. (TIP: right click and choose 'Translate to English' when you get to the map)

The Andalucia Health Department planned vaccination network

Last updated Friday 22nd January 2021 - Voluntary Curfew

The Andalucia health councillor, Jesús Aguirre, asked everybody in Andalucia to stay at home after 20.00 hrs as a "voluntary and solidaditaty" measure. This follows the rejection by central government to give the Andalucian government legal powers to bring the curfew forward from 22.00hrs.

Last updated Thursday 21st January 2021 - Twice Weekly Updates

The restrictions on travel between municipalities changes daily as the confirmed cases change.

Click on this link for the interactive map of Andalucia that shows the Covid 19 risk in each municipality in Andalucia and the restrictions that apply day to day. (TIP: right click and choose 'Translate to English' when you get to the map)

Although the president did say the list will be updated daily, each provincial Comité de Alertas de Salud will meet every Monday and Thursday and revise the town statistics list published that day. The BOJA will publish the official list on Tuesday and Friday for implementation at 00.01 on Wednesday and Saturday. Towns that are included in the list will remain included for 14 days minimum.

Government confirms no change to curfew

The Central Government has confirmed that curfew throughout the whole of Spain will remain in place at 10pm.

This comes despite the requests of 15 regions throughout the country to change the curfew from 10pm to 8pm, a decision which, under the current State of Alarm, could not be taken individually by each of the regional governments.
Health representatives from all autonomous regions in Spain met to discuss bringing curfew forward from 10pm to 8pm but the proposal was not accepted by Minister for Health, Salvador Illa.

The Minister, who took part in the meeting via videoconference refused to allow Spain’s regions to bring the curfew forward from 10pm.

Several regions, such as Andalucia and the Balearic Islands, wanted to bring it forward to 8pm, Galicia went further and asked for 6pm, but after days of arguments, the government confirmed that they won’t be changing the State of Alarm Decree which came into effect in October. Castilla y Leon took the decision to go ahead with changing curfew, a decision which the Government has appealed in the Supreme Court.

Last updated Monday 18th January 2021 - Interesting Exceptions For Travellers

There are a number of exceptions to inter provincial travel noted in the official publication in the BOJA - Click Here issued on Saturday. Inter provincial travel will be permitted to practice winter leisure sport on snow or ice. In order to prove this journey you must to pre-purchase a Sierra Nevada Ski –forfait– pass online. Monachil local police are checking paperwork at the entrance to the resort. Similarly inter provincial travel for hunting is permitted as long as it is linked to the control of the overabundance of game species that can cause damage to ecosystems. Also inter provincial travel for federated, high-level or high-performance athletes and coaches for official sports competitions. All are as long as you are NOT travelling FROM a closed municipality.

Last updated Saturday 16th January 2021 - Lockdown Rules after 00.01am on Sunday 17th January 2021 (Tonight)

President Moreno announced the new Covid measures for Andalucia last night. Valis as from 00:01 Sunday 17th January 2021

1. Andalucia borders remain closed.
2. Restaurants, bars and shops closed at 18.00 hrs.
3. Social gatherings, at home or in hostelería max. 4 people
4. Movement restricted to your own province, except for justified reasons (level 4 = yellow on the map).
5. Movement restricted to your own municipality if the COVID count for the last 14 days exceeds 500 cases/100.000 inhabitants (level 4.1 = orange on the map).
6. Closure of hostelería and non-essential shops in municipalities if the COVID count for the last 14 days exceeds 1000 cases/100.000 inhabitants (level 4.2 = brown on the map). House arrest for inhabitants if central government gives authorisation.
7. Curfew to 20.00 hrs if the central government gives authorisation. If not, it remains at 22.00 - 06.00 hrs.

8. Collection of takeaways from restaurants in the hospitality industry until 9.30 pm. Orders by phone until 10.30 pm and home delivery until 11.30 pm. (If the Government authorizes, the curfew will be advanced, the schedules will be adapted again)

9. Authorized mobility for federated athletes, judges and referees, for competitions and training. No companions.

Click on this link for the interactive map of Andalucia that shows the Covid 19 risk in each municipality in Andalucia and the restrictions that apply day to day. (TIP: right click and choose 'Translate to English' when you get to the map)

The situation between MUNICIPALITY borders can change on a daily basis. It is your responsibility to check the situation in your municipality.

Last updated Friday 15th January 2021 - Vaccination Figures

The regions have now received their third weeks supply of Pfizer plus a small quantity of Moderna vaccine. Number of vaccine doses delivered to Andalucia is 216.320 and the number administered is 123.459 (57%). At this rate it will take 7 years to vaccinate (two doses) all Andalucia. This rate contrasts with the Junta planned vaccination network announcement on the 23rd December 2020. Junta spokesperson said Andalucia would be vaccinating 80% of doses received in order to reserve 20% to guarantee the second dose supply. The Andalucia health minister reported 1.57% of people had refused the vaccine offered.

The number of vaccine doses distributed to all Spain's regions is 1.139.400 and the number administered is 676.186 (59%). Asturiás is region of highest vaccination rates and had administered 95% of its second allocation.

The Andalucia Health Department has created a website with updated information on the Covid-19 vaccination campaign. Click here.

Last updated Thursday 14th January 2021 - Predeparture Testing when Travelling to England - all change

If you are arriving in England before 4am on 18 January 2021, you are under no legal obligation to get a test before you travel. You should not be denied boarding for failing to provide proof of a negative test result, and will not be fined on arrival into England.

We still encourage you to comply with this guidance and get a test if possible.

From 4am on 18 January 2021, if you do not present proof of a negative test result, you may not be able to board and could be fined £500 on arrival into England.

HM Gov confirmation and clarifications

Rules for Wales - Click here

Rules for Scotland - Click here

Rules for N. Ireland - Click here

Last Updated Wednesday 13th January 2021 - Predeparture Testing when Travelling to England

From 4am on 15 January, we will be introducing pre-departure testing requirements for all inbound passengers to England. Passengers arriving by ship, plane or train will have to take a test up to 3 days before departure and provide evidence of a negative result before they travel. See the Full Announcement here.

Last Updated Tuesday 12th January 2021 - UK to Spain Travel Restrictions Extended to 6pm 2nd February 2021

Press release January 12, 2021.- The Council of Ministers today approved the extension of fourteen calendar days and, for the second time, the agreement that limits direct flights and passenger ships between the United Kingdom and Spain. Therefore, said restriction will be in effect until next February 2 at 6:00 p.m.

Last Updated Monday 11th January 2021 - Tourism Statistics Report 2020

The National Statistics Institute’s have reported that 2020 was the worst year for tourism since the 1970's. See the Figures here.

Last Updated Saturday 9th January 2021 - Travel to UK - Tests

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that from next week inbound passengers arriving by boat, plane or train will have to take a test up to 72 hours before departing the country they are in, to help protect against the new strains of coronavirus such as those seen in Denmark and South Africa.
all international arrivals to England, including UK nationals, required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure
passengers will be subject to an immediate fine of £500 if they fail to comply with the new regulations on pre-departure testing all passengers arriving from countries not on the government’s travel corridor list will still be required to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of test result
passengers will still be required to fill in a passenger locator form and be subject to national lockdown restrictions

Permitted travellers will need to take their test up to 72 hours before departure, and this will apply irrespective of whether a country is on the travel corridor list. The government will set out the standards that these tests will need to meet and what proof passengers will need to present.

Passengers arriving into England who have successfully demonstrated a negative result prior to departure from a country not on the travel corridor list will still have the option to reduce the self-isolation period from 10 to as little as 5 days by paying for a test through the Test to Release scheme. The scheme requires a test to be taken on or after the fifth full day since leaving a country not on the travel corridor list.

Passengers will be required to show their negative test result before boarding, and transport operators will deny boarding if necessary. On arrival back into the UK, Border Force will check passengers test results through the current spot check regime, to ensure that individuals are compliant with the new rules, and passengers will be subject to an immediate fine of £500.

There will be a limited number of exemptions, including for hauliers, children under 11, crews and for those who travelling from countries without the infrastructure available to deliver the tests. Further exemptions will be set out on GOV.UK.

Last Updated Saturday 9th January 2021 - Free Travel Insurance

International Travel Insurance Andalusia
is making travel insurance free for all non-resident international travellers with Covid-19 coverage for stays in any type of regulated establishment in Andalusia between January 1 and December 31, 2021.
Terms and conditions in English here.

Last Updated Friday 8th January 2021 - Lockdown Andalucia

The regional president, Juanma Moreno, announced this morning new restrictions after meeting with the committee of experts that evaluates the progress of the pandemic in the region. The Junta maintains the perimeter closure of the region of Andalucia, although it allows mobility between the eight provinces, a decision that will be reviewed "continuously". The perimeter closure of the eight municipalities of the Campo de Gibraltar and Añora, in Córdoba, is also maintained. The Andalucian Government re-establishes a curfew between 10 pm and 6 am and maintains the meeting limit at six people. The bars and restaurants may open until 6 pm, except for cafeterias, which may open until 8 pm. The shops can also open until 8 pm. University classes will be held online, but the school year in schools and institutes will continue to be face-to-face. These measures will come in effect from midnight this Sunday until January 25.

Last Updated Wednesday 6th January 2021 - Vaccination Count

The regions have now received their second weeks supply of vaccine. 140.295 doses have been delivered to Andalucia, and the number administered is 40.263 (28%). The number of vaccine doses distributed to all Spain's regions is 743.925 and the number administered is 139.339 (19%).

Last Updated Wednesday 6th January 2021 - Britains Lockdown Confirmed

It is confirmed that Britain is in total lockdown from today for at least six weeks

Last Updated Monday 4th January 2021 - Vaccination Figures for Andalucia

The vice-president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juan Marín, aid today that “so far 26,000 people in the region had received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.” This was the first time that details of the rate of vaccinations had been published for Andalucia, which received 70,000 doses a week ago. In other words only 37% of available doses have been administered. A percentage better than Spanish average of 11%, but would still take 12 years to vaccinate (two doses) all residents of Andalucia.

The aim, Juan said, "is to have around 800,000 people vaccinated by the end of January", although the rate of administering the jabs depends on supply which "on a global level is being quite slow". As Andalucia only receives 70,000 doses per week from the overall EU quota for Spain, this estimate seems rather optimistic.

Equally optimistic is the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, who said he “hoped to have half of the Andalusian population of eight million people vaccinated by early next summer.” Somebody's maths is out somewhere.

Last Updated Monday 4th January 2021 - Britain back into Total Lockdown

I know it is not Spain but it will affect us. Boris Johnson announced a total lockdown in the UK that could start on Wednesday 6th January and last until mid February.

Last Updated 2nd January 2021 - Border with Gibraltar Closed

Jesús Aguirre, the Junta de Andalucia Health Minister has closed the borders of the eight municipal districts of the Campo de Gibraltar. That is: La Línea, Algeciras, Los Barrios, Castellar de la Frontera, Jimena de la Frontera, San Martín del Tesorillo, San Roque and Tarifa. This is in response to high levels of infection recorded in Gibraltar, 2,865, including some with the new strain of Covid 19 labelled Covid - 19 VUI – 202012/01. Five cases of the new variant were detected in Andalucia, 3 in Malaga province, 2 in Granada 1 in Seville and 1 in the Campo de Gibraltar.

Last Updated Saturday 2nd January 2021 - Entry Rules From Non EU to Schengen/EU Extended

For those travelling from the UK this means that even if Spain's COVID travel restrictions for travels from the UK are lifted after the 19th of January, ONLY ESSENTIAL travel from the UK will be possible till at least the end of January. So besides Spanish nationals and residents, those having spent the 15 days prior to departing from an UK airport in the UK, could be allowed to travel to the EU ONLY for the following reasons.
a) Holders of a long-term visa issued by a Member State or Schengen Associated State.
b) Healthcare or elderly care professionals who go to exercise their work activity.
c) Personnel dedicated to the transport of goods, in the exercise of their work activity and flight personnel necessary to carry out transport activities commercial air.
d) Diplomatic, consular, international, military and members of humanitarian organisations, in the exercise of their functions.
d) Students studying in the Member States or Schengen States and who have the corresponding permit or visa, provided that they go to the country where they study, and that the entry occurs during the academic year or the previous 15 days.
e) Highly qualified workers whose work is necessary and cannot be postponed or performed remotely. These circumstances must be justified documentary.
f) People travelling for imperative family reasons duly accredited.
g) Persons who document documentary reasons of force majeure o for humanitarian motives.

Last Updated Tuesday 22nd December 2020 - Entry Rules

Spain’s borders are open to European Union and Schengen-area countries.
Spain have announced they will be restricting passenger travel on inbound flights from the UK from Tuesday 22 December, with the exception of Spanish nationals and those legally resident in Spain. If you were due to travel to Spain please contact your travel operator before departure.
If you are resident in Spain, you should carry your residence document (the green paper EU residence certificate or the new TIE), as well as your valid passport when you travel. If you have applied but have not yet received your document, carry proof you have started the registration process. Padron certificates, utility bills and property deeds will not be accepted by Spanish authorities as proof of residency.

See the Junta de Andalucia Boja

Updated Friday 1st January 2021

Where we stand as we enter the New Year.

Foreign national residents should carry their residence document (the green paper EU residence certificate or the new TIE or confirmation of TIE application). Padron certificates, utility bills and property deeds will not be accepted by Spanish authorities as proof of residency.

There will be no Three Kings parades in Andalucia usually held on evening of 5th January.

The Seville April Fair will not take place. The mayor explained that in a best case scenario only 30% of the population would be immunised by then.

Andalucia President, Juanma Moreno, said in a radio interview that "everything seemed to indicate that there will not be a Semana Santa (Easter or Holy Week) in Andalucía in 2021". This will be the second year the Holy Week processions have been cancelled.

Until the 10th January people will be able to move from one autonomous region to another for the additional special reason of “going to celebrate a Christmas holiday with the family."

Travelers arriving from the United Kingdom are not required to self-isolate on arrival in Spain. However, from the 23 November, there are some requirements for testing on arrival for those travelling by air and sea. Spot checks may be carried out on arrival to confirm travellers have undergone a COVID-19 PCR, TMA or LAMP test and have tested negative. A minimum fine of €3000 may be issued to anyone who does not comply.

Updated 24th November 2020

Lockdown rules over all of Spain

The Madrid regional government has announced that the region’s perimeter will be closed from 4-14 December, to include the long weekend holiday of the ‘Puente de la Constitución’.

Spain declared another nationwide ‘state of alarm’ to combat further cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19), from Sunday 25 October, initially for a period of 15 days. The Spanish Congress then voted to extend it for six months, up until 9 May 2021.

The main purpose of the state of alarm is to enable the regional governments of Spain the legal requirements to impose and enforce nighttime curfews and other restrictions, where required.

The new decree imposed an initial nighttime curfew for the whole of Spain from 11pm-6am, although regional authorities are allowed a margin of one hour to bring forward or back these times. The curfew measures do not apply to the Canary Isands. The measures of the new decree allow the regions to:
1. Impose and enforce nighttime mobility restrictions
2. Restrict social gatherings
3. Restrict the opening hours and capacity of establishments
4. Restrict entry and exit from a region, or part of a region
5. Impose confinement to provinces or municipalities, if required, across a region

With nighttime mobility restrictions, only those people who are going to work or returning from work, or who travel due to force majeure, such as for a medical emergency or to care for a dependent person, are allowed to be out. Full details of the measures covered by the state of alarm have been published in the Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE).

Since 14 August, Spain had already imposed strict new measures on nightlife across the whole country – as well as a ban on smoking outside, where social distancing cannot be maintained. The wearing of face masks also remains obligatory. Each region of Spain has imposed the nightlife and socialising restrictions following their own timetables. Some regions have made the recommended restrictions even tighter.

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