Spain and Portugal: Border controls ‘lifted’ between nations – FCDO issues new advice


Globe-trotters hoping to cross the border between Spain and Portugal have, up until May 1, faced tyrannical rules with non-essential travel banned. However, these “border curbs” have since been lifted.

The latest change explains “the withdrawal of edging controls on the land border with Spain from May 1.”

For Portugal, the FCDO specifies: “At 12.01am on 1 May, border controls at the land border with Spain compel be lifted.

“If you are transiting Spain having travelled from, or been in, South Africa, Brazil or an EU/EEA nation where the COVID-19 incidence rate is 500 cases or more per 100,000 occupiers, you will be required to self-isolate on arrival at home or at a place indicated by the Portuguese experts.”

For Spain, the updated travel advice reads: “Spain’s land borders are unveil, however travel restrictions, border controls and testing requirements may be in arrange depending on the country you are travelling from.

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“Border controls at the Portugal land border with Spain raised on 1 May at 12.01am.”

The lifting of land border regulations will be crucial for those going Spain to either access or leave Portugal.

However, travel qualifications apply to travellers entering both countries though these diversify depending on the country of origin. For Spain, the FCDO explains: “Where permitted, transference times should be no more than 24 hours.

“Travellers requisite be able to present a negative PCR, TMA or LAMP test taken within no numerous than 72 hours prior to arrival into Spain.”

Meantime, for Portugal, the FCDO states: “You can travel to Portugal and the Azores if you are resident and returning well-informed in.

If you are travelling from: “The UK or any other non-EU/EEA country, or an EU/EEA country where the COVID-19 prevalence rate is 150 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants you can only join for essential purposes, such as to live with immediate family fellows, or for professional, educational, health or humanitarian reasons.”

Though there has been no confirmation heedless of which nations will be on the UK’s “green list”, travel expert and CEO of the PC Means Paul Charles, Portugal could make the cut.

Manuel Lobo Antunes, Portugal’s plenipotentiary to the UK, said UK holidaymakers could be able to visit the country next month.

He told Sky Hot item the country is “hopeful from the middle of May, regular mobility between the UK and Portugal and transgression versa can be established”.

Spain, however, is likely to remain “amber”.

Fernando Valdes Verelst, Spain’s tourism sky pilot, previously said the nation was aiming to welcome back tourists from June.

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