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Non-essential Travel to Schengen/EU from Non-EU Countries, update 3.7.2020

Update 3.7.2020 with list of countries exempt from entry restrictions, valid as of the 4th of July until midnight on the 31st of July 2020.

From the State Gazette published on the 30th of June, valid till midnight the 8th of July, waiting for ‘the list’ with countries to be granted access gradually, for non-essential travel.

Exemptions to the restrictions for non-essential travel, changes in orange:

a) Residents of the European Union, Schengen Associated States, Andorra, Monaco, The Vatican or San Marino.
b) Holders of a long-term visa issued by a Member State or Schengen Associated State.
c) Cross-border workers.
d) Healthcare or elderly care professionals who go to exercise their work activity.
e) 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.
f) Diplomatic, consular, international, military and members of humanitarian organisations, in the exercise of their functions.
g) Students studying in the Member States or Schengen States and who have the corresponding permit or visa.
h) Highly qualified workers whose work is necessary and cannot be postponed or performed remotely. These circumstances must be justified documentary.
i) People travelling for imperative family reasons duly accredited.
j) Persons who document documentary reasons of force majeure o for humanitarian motives.

On the other hand, the order also establishes that the closure is maintained, on a temporary basis, of the land posts enabled for entry and exit from Spain through the cities of Ceuta and Melilla.

In order not to have to resort to the administrative refusal procedure input in the cases provided in the two previous sections, Spain will collaborate with carriers and the authorities of neighbouring States in order that the travel will not be authorised.

The provisions of the preceding sections shall not apply at the border with Andorra or at the checkpoint for people with the territory of Gibraltar.

Airport transits that do not involve crossing the external border will not be modified by the provisions of this order.

We will add the list of approved departure countries when it has been published in the State Gazette. Note from the order published today: As regards the list of third countries, the reference made must be understood
to the residence in them, not to the possession of the nationality of those countries.

List of countries published in the State Gazette on 3.7.2020. For the countries with * the restrictions will only be lifted when this is reciprocated.

1. Argelia.*
2. Australia.
3. Canadá.
4. Georgia.
5. Japón.
6. Montenegro.
7. Marruecos.*
8. Nueva Zelanda.
9. Ruanda.
10. Serbia.
11. Corea del Sur.
12. Tailandia.
13. Túnez.
14. Uruguay.
15. China.*

Please note: The information provided is based upon our understanding of current legislation. It is not legal advice but is provided freely to enable you to be properly informed. We recommend that if you are considering taking action, you should seek professional advice.

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