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Andalucia 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.

The Andalucia Health Department planned vaccination network

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)

Click on this link for: How to book a place in a quarantine hotel and arrange coronavirus (COVID-19) tests if you're travelling to England from a country on the banned travel list.

Click on this link for: How to arrange coronavirus (COVID-19) tests if you're travelling to England from a country NOT on the banned travel list.

Click on this link if you have private medical insurance and want the Covid injection

Latest and Breaking News - Friday 9th April 2021

Meeting of the Comité de Expertos

Following a meeting of the committee last night, Andalucia will maintain its current measures against Covid-19. The curfew will continue between 11pm and 6am. No more than 6 people at a meeting outdoors or in homes, 4 in bars, perimeter closure of provinces and inter-regional boundaries to stay in place.

Latest and Breaking News - Tuesday 6th April 2021

Slipped through the net

Covid Injections for those with Private Health Insurance

It was a simple question. 'I have private medical insurance and a green residence certificate, will I be informed when I can go for my Covid injection?' Thank you Denise. The answer turned out not so simple. There is a provision made for people in that category. First you must complete and print a form. There is a link to it here. Then you take it with your TIE or green certificate of residence, an impadronamiento certificate dated within the last three months, and your private insurance card or certificate, to your local health centre. Take copies of everything. You will be put on the list and dealt with when your age group is due for the injection.

End of State of Alarm

Pedro Sanchez, Spain's president, has announced that the State of Alarm in Spain will end on the 9th May 2021. Autonomous Communities will continue to make decisions regarding restrictions of travel, curfews etc. based on decisions made by the Interterritorial Health Council. On May 9 the Interterritorial Health Council will have full powers to establish possible measures against the virus without having to abide by the State of Alarm decree. So, in Andalucia, the state of alarm may be over but we have no idea yet if restrictions are going to be lifted or eased.

Register of Refusals to take Covid-19 Vaccine

Another piece of information that 'slipped through the net'. It was on the 28th December 2020 that Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa appearred on La Sexta TV answering questions about the epidemic. He mentioned that Spain is to set up a register of citizens who refuse to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. He said, 'What will be done is a registry, which will be shared with our European partners … of those people who have been offered it and have simply rejected it,’ he added, 'It is not a document which will be made public, and it will be done with the utmost respect for data protection,' noting that employers or members of the general public would not have access to it.

Is this the first step in a plan to restrict travel after the 'State of Alarm' to those who have had a vaccination or even penalise people who catch Covid after they have refused the vaccination?

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Latest and Breaking News - Friday 2nd April 2021

UK now covered by Spain's worldwide Covid arrival restrictions

With the Brexit transition period ending on the 31st March 2021, arrivals from the UK now have to conform to Spain's worldwide arrivals policy. Only people with a valid reason to enter Spain will be allowed. The permitted reasons to enter Spain for UK citizens are shown here.

Confusion over wearing of masks

Social media has been rife with rumours about the wearing of masks on beaches, alongside swimming pools etc. What happened on the 30th March was that a NATIONAL law was introduced requiring the use of face masks by anybody over the age of 6 years in all indoor and outdoor public spaces, including beaches, swimming pools etc. These measures have been in place in Andalucia since the 20th May 2020. Face masks must be worn if it is impossible to maintain 2 metres social distancing.

Latest and Breaking News - Friday 19th March 2021

Lockdown Rules over Easter

The Easter period begins today, Friday 19th March 2021 and extends until the 9th April 2021.

Provincial Border Closures

During the Easter period the border between the eight provinces of Andalucia will continue.

Municipality Border Closures

During the Easter period the existing rules for municipality lockdowns will continue so keep checking the map.

Curfew, Bars and Restaurants

During the Easter period the curfew throughout Andalucia will be from 2300 hours (11pm) until 0600 hours (6am). Restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and businesses can stay open until 2230 hours (10.30pm). Groups of up to six people may meet outdoors. Groups indoors are limited to four people.

Latest and Breaking News - Monday 8th March 2021

Perimeter lockdowns will not be lifted over the Easter Holiday

Spain’s regions and the central Health Ministry on Thursday decided to extend the current coronavirus restrictions on social activity over Easter week (Good Friday is the 2nd April). Perimetral lockdowns between regions in Spain will be maintained, a curfew will be set between 10pm and 6am and all large events will be suspended.

Other measures include a four-person limit on social gatherings in both private and public spaces, regardless of whether they take place indoors or outdoors, and recommendations against members of different households gathering inside the home or other indoor spaces. The preliminary agreement must be ratified this week by the Inter-Territorial Council of the National Health System (CISNS), which is formed by the central Health Ministry and Spain’s regions.

Latest and Breaking News - Thursday 4th March 2021

Valid from the 5th March 2021

The perimeter closure of the region and provinces remains in place. The rules for the perimeter closure of municipalities (but see new rules for low population municipalities) remains unchanged. The curfew remains from 10pm - 6am.

Municipalities with 1,500 or fewer inhabitants will now undertake a specific risk assessment made by the Territorial Committee for High Impact Health Alerts.

Restrictions on activities remain the same for areas in Alert level 4 grade 2, Alert level 4 grade 1, and Alert level 3 remain unchanged. Shops, activities and services in Alert level 2 or lower may now open until 9.30pm.

A new activity now allowed is areas at Alert level 3 or lower is the development of non-professional music bands.

Childrens recreational centres may open in areas at Alert level 2 or lower.

Face to face sessions will be allowed at universities in areas at Alert level 2 or lower.

The map will be updated following a meeting later today (Thursday 4th March).

Latest and Breaking News - Friday 26th February 2021

More Municipalities Released from Perimeter Closure

More municipalities have had their perimeter opened this week. The good news is that the perimeter is open from 6am on the day the BOJA is published (today - Friday) so you do not have to wait until Saturday.

The interactive map tends to be a couple of days late being updated so check your province first.

The important column is the fifth pale column 'Confirmed PDIA 7 days'

Extension of Measures

The bad news is that any decision about the opening times of cafes and restaurants, curfew, number of people socialising etc will be postponed until a meeting due to be held on the 3rd March. The current measures will apply until the 6th March.

Latest and Breaking News - Wednesday 24th February 2021

Entry Restrictions from the UK, Brazil and South Africa Renewed

The Council of Ministers has extended the agreement made on the 22nd December, until 18:00 on Tuesday 16th March 2021. Until that date, flights from any airport located in the United Kingdom to any airport located in Spain, with or without intermediate stops, may only be carried out in the case of aircraft that carry exclusively Spanish or Andorran nationals, or residents in Spain or Andorra. Similarly, passenger ships can only enter Spanish ports if they are carrying Spanish or Andorran nationals, or residents in Spain or Andorra.

Latest and Breaking News - Tuesday 23rd February 2021

Boris Johnson, the prime minister in the UK, announced yesterday that international travel may not recommence from the UK until the 17th May.

Latest and Breaking News - Friday 19th February 2021

Municipality Restrictions Lifted (in some cases) The lockdown restrictions on travel and the opening of bars and restaurants changed as from midnight last night (we normally have to wait until Saturday). You may travel out of many municipalities but please check the map that was updated last night.

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)

Latest and Breaking News - Monday 15th February 2021

England Hotel Quarantine Starts Today Anybody travelling to England from a 'red listed' country, will have to pre-book covid tests and a quarantine hotel. The process is being managed by Corporate Travel Management. Use the link above. Seperate rules apply to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, also detailed by following the link above.

Pre Book Covid tests Starting today, anybody travelling to England from a 'NON red listed' country, will have to pre-book and pay for covid tests before travelling. The process is being managed by Corporate Travel Management. Use the link above. Seperate rules apply to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, also detailed by following the link above.

Common Travel Area The Common Travel Area (CTA) is a long-standing arrangement between the UK, the Crown Dependencies (Bailiwick of Jersey, Bailiwick of Guernsey and the Isle of Man) and Ireland that pre-dates both British and Irish membership of the EU and is not dependent on it.

If you’re travelling from somewhere in the Common Travel Area and you have not left the Common Travel Area for the past 10 days, you do not need a test before leaving or to home quarantine and take tests after arriving.

No Quarantine for Tourists to Spain Spain's tourism minister, Fernando Valdes, has announced that tourists entering Spain this summer will not have to face a quarantine, including those arriving from Britain. Valdes said that a vaccine passport system or similar would be used and tried to reassure potential visitors by claiming that 70% of the adult population of Spain will be immune to the virus (presumably he means vaccinated), by summer.

Latest and Breaking News - Saturday 13th February 2021

Sales of Alcohol There will be no sales of alcohol after 6pm from shops, garages and supermarkets.

Updating of Restrictions There will only be one meeting per week to decide on municipal perimiter closures/openings. The meeting will be on Thursdays and the results applicable from 00:01am Saturdays. The map will be updated on Fridays.

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)

Latest and Breaking News - Wednesday 10th February 2021

Travelling to the UK. As from Monday 15th February, the rules for everybody entering the UK will be tougher and penalties for breaking the rules will be heavier; up to 10 years in prison for those who lie about being in a banned ‘red list’ country. As from Monday, everyone entering the UK will have to take two coronavirus tests whilst quarantining.

Arrivals to England from 'red listed' countries will quarantine in hotels
All arrivals to Scotland from anywhere not in the Common Travel Area will quarantine in hotels

Travelling to Spain from the UK. The Spanish Government has extended the restriction on flights of British citizens who are not residents in Spain until 2nd March.

Read the full article

Latest and Breaking News - Monday 8th February 2021

AstraZeneca Vaccine will only be used for ages 18 - 55. Other countries in Europe are adopting the same policy but Spain's is the most conservative. The reason given is that there was a lack of over 65s in the clinical trials for the vaccine meaning that its effectiveness in this age group is yet to be proven.

The Andalucia Method

Conservative MP David Davis has asked the prime minister if the UK will use what he calls the ‘Andalucia Method’ to combat the coronavirus. Full story here

Latest and Breaking News - Thursday 4th February 2021

6.8 million Covid vaccines to be delivered to Spain by April

Click on this link for the full news item

Latest and Breaking News - Monday 1st February 2021

How Infectious is the Coronovirus?

We see infection figures in the press, on the Internet, on TV and hear them over the radio but do they mean anything other than they determine whether we can go out for a meal in a restaurant or over the municipality border to visit IKEA.

Figures can be twisted, misrepresented and adjusted. We all know that figures are massaged before being presented to a gullible public. But here is one set of figures that appear to be 'raw data' (El Pais).

An outbreak of coronovirus was detected at Teruel prison (Aragon) on the 23rd January 2021. There are 186 inmates. Yesterday, Sunday 31st January 2021, it was reported that 131 inmates had tested positive, all of them asymptomatic or with mild symptoms, such as fever and fatigue. It has not been necessary to hospitalize any of them. Out of a workforce of 140, 10 proved positive.

Researchers have known for decades that prisons are a great place to gather information because the subjects are captive (no pun intended).

Deduce whatever you want from these figures but, at Teruel:
- the virus is extremely infectious - 70.05% of the inmates caught it in a week
- isolation works - the prisoners are in closer contact with each other than the workforce - 7.14% infection rate

Intitial conclusions:
- whatever precautions the prisoners were taking, or ignoring as the case may be, they were 10 times less effective than those taken by a disciplined workforce.
- the precautions taken by the workforce, that are the same as those recommended for everybody else, appear to work
- having gone down the lockdown, isolation route, until a vaccine is available to the majority of the population, we have little option but to be patient and conform.

The next question has to be, how long before patience snaps?

Latest and Breaking News - Sunday 31st January 2021

EU Border Lockdown Extended

The EU border closure to non EU countries has been extended to midnight on the 28th February 2021. Only essential travel is allowed.

Only 7 cuntries remain on the safe list where non essential travel is allowed:
– Australia
– New Zealand
– Rwanda
– Singapore
– South Korea
– Thailand
– China

The Different Vaccines - Saturday 30th January 2021

Vaccines are being used to reduce people's chances of becoming sick, needing hospital treatment or dying.

The Pfizer and Moderna are RNA vaccines. A part of the genetic code extracted from the virus is injected into the body. The body starts to produce antibodies so that if you do subsequently become infected, your antibodies will be ready to tackle the full-size virus.

The Oxford virus is slightly different in that it uses a harmless virus to carry the genetic material from the Coronavirus into the body.

Two new vaccines are on the way, Janssen and Novavax. Janssen's vaccine is basically the same as Oxford but given in a single injection. Novavax is using the old, tried and tested method of taking proteins from the virus and injecting that into the body together with a chemical catalyst to prime the body's immune system.

Trials show that all the vaccines have an impact on your chances of needing hospital treatment or dying. However, it is not yet known if any or all of them will stop you spreading the virus.

As different variants of the virus evolve, the vaccines become increasingly less effective so new vaccines are being developed continuously. Unfortunately, it is impossible to get ahead of the enemy because until you identify a new strain of virus, you do not know what the enemy looks like.

Latest Municipality Precautionary Measures - Friday 29th January 2021

The Municipality Precautionary Measures map is updated this morning. Restrictions in your municipality start at midnight tonight.

President Moreno of the Junta de Andalucia has announced that the restrictions in place, with regards to travel between provinces, the curfew (22 - 06 hrs) and max. of 4 people meeting for social gatherings, will be extended till the 15th of February.

Covid News Today - Friday 29th January 2021

The European Medicines Agency is to decide today whether to approve the AstraZeneca vaccine for use across the EU. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved on the 21st December 2020.

Dwindling supplies of Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccines have seen Madrid cancelling further first dose injections for two weeks.

Germany's vaccine committee has said AstraZeneca's Covid jab should only be given to people aged under 65. The committee cited "insufficient data" over its efficacy for older people.

Portugal has warned it could take up to two months longer than initially planned to complete the first phase of its vaccinations.

More news from Portugal as its border with Spain is closed for at least two more weeks starting today. This is due to the 'exponential growth of infections' according to Prime Minister Antonio Costa.

Another Blow to the Tourist Market in Andalucia - Thursday 28th January 2021

On Wednesday 27th January, Westminster indicated that travel restrictions to and from the UK will become more stringent.
People wishing to travel out of the UK will first be required to declare their reason for travel and prove it is essential, the home secretary has said. Priti Patel said declarations would be checked by carriers and there would be increased police at airports and ports. Boris Johnson said earlier that UK nationals and residents returning from "red list" Covid hotspots would have to quarantine in government-provided hotels. At the moment, Spain is not on the red list but Portugal is.

Only essential travel to and from the UK is allowed and for a full list of those essential reasons, You can click here

Continuing row over supply of vaccine to the EU - Thursday 28th January 2021

Yesterday The EU urged pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca to supply it with more doses of its Covid-19 vaccine from UK plants, amid a row over shortages. Basically the UK signed up for supplies of the vaccine over 2 months before the EU got its act together. Yesterday EU Health Minister Stella Kyriakides said that the EU rejected "the logic of first-come first-served".

Boris Johnson said: "I'm confident of our supplies and we'll keep rolling out vaccines as fast we possibly can. I am very pleased at the moment that we have the fastest rollout of vaccines in Europe by some way."

Why Spain, and Andalucia are slow to roll out the vaccine programme - Wednesday 27th January 2021

The ITV Political Editor Robert Peston, this week, unearthed the reason why Spain, and the rest of the EU, are lagging behind the UK in the Covid-19 vaccine rollout programme. Visit Andalucia News Item

Last updated Friday 22nd January 2021 - Voluntary Curfew

Following a refusal by the central government to allow Andalucia to bring the curfew forwards from 10pm, Jesús Aguirre, the Andalucia health councillor, has asked everybody in Andalucia to observe a voluntary curfew after 8pm as a "voluntary and solidarity" measure.

Last updated Thursday 21st January 2021 - Twice Weekly Updates

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

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 - Exceptions For Travellers

There are some exceptions to inter provincial travel noted in the official publication in the BOJA - Click Here issued on Saturday. All are on condition that your municipality is NOT closed. The one likely to affect most readers is; if you have a Sierra Nevada Ski –forfait– pass (available on line), you are allowed to travel across municipalities borders to reach the ski resort.

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. Valid 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 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 - 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 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.

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