From May 15, all travellers entering Spain will have to go through a mandatory 14-day quarantine, Spanish government officials have announced.

The measure applies to both foreigners and Spanish citizens who return to the country, between May 15 and, at least, May 24, when the “state of emergency” in Spain ends. Exceptions to this rule include cross-border workers and health staff.

People under mandatory quarantine are only allowed to leave their accommodations for three reasons: to buy groceries and pharmaceutical products, to go to health centres and in “extraordinary situations”. The use of masks is required at all times.

More than 260,000 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in Spain, and 27,000 have died, since the beginning of February, when health authorities confirmed the first cases of the disease. For four days in a row, the number of daily deaths remains below 200. At the end of April, the country has announced a slow return to the streets.

Other countries, such as the UK and France, have adopted similar mandatory quarantines for travellers. 

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