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Over 150 countries impose travel restrictions on Spain

The vast majority have established bans on people from Spain or have suspended air and sea communications.

Following the decision from the UK, to impose a 14-day quarantine on all travellers arriving in this country from Spain, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has updated the map with all nations where there are travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. In total, 165 countries have established some type of restriction on travellers from Spain.

The first brings together those who have established some type of ban on people from Spain or have suspended air and sea communications. It is the most numerous and the list includes countries from the four continents, practically all of Africa and almost the entire American continent.

The main countries are Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, the US, Guatemala, Israel, Japan, Morocco, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The second group is made up of those who impose some type of quarantine for travellers originating from Spain, mainly in Asia, although Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands are also included. Other countries such as Cambodia, South Korea, Ecuador, Finland, India, Iran, Norway or Russia, among others, complete the list.

The third list recorded by Foreign Affairs refers to nations with other types of travel measures, including Bulgaria, Cameroon, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Just at the height of summer, more than half a dozen European countries have imposed quarantines on citizens arriving from Spain or advice against visiting the country.

This is yet another blow to the already punished this year. The Spanish tourism sector saw the summer as a thread of hope to save the year once the second quarter ended with almost zero tourists. More than €150,000 million and 2.5 million jobs (2019 data), are at stake.

Spain achieved a record for foreign tourists last year.
83.7 million international travellers visited and made an expenditure of €92.337 million euros. The UK lead the ranking of foreign visitors in Spain, with 18 million tourists.

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