Spain has lifted a ban on flights from Italy, but tourism is still not allowed it has been confirmed.
The country has lifted a ban on all sea and air travel coming in from Italy as it looks to further ease lockdown restrictions, officials have confirmed.
Travellers from Italy will have to comply, however, with a 14 day quarantine like other international visitors, whilst a state of emergency looks to remain in place until June the 7th at the earliest.
Madrid announced a nationwide lockdown on 14 March in a bid to help stop the spread of the disease, but have begun easing restrictions in recent weeks with autonomous regions individually moving into phase 1 which means lighter restrictions rather than all out lockdown.
A reduced death rate from COVID-19 has encouraged Spain, with the world’s fourth highest number of infections, to begin easing one of Europe’s strictest lockdowns.
But the tourism-dependent economy is likely to have to wait until late June to welcome holidaymakers back.
Madrid surprised its European partners by introducing a two-week quarantine last week.
Flights from Italy had been blocked since March 11th.
Spain PM Pedro Sanchez is hoping to have a further state of emergency granted for another two week. It will go before Congress tomorrow.