Covid-19 Spain

Old Jul 18, 2020, 6:16 am
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Anyone have any experience in how the "Stay at home" orders in Barcelona are being enforced? I am supposed to go in two weeks and trying to decide if I should cancel the trip.
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Old Jul 18, 2020, 10:07 am
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Right now, there are no "orders", only a recommendation. So nothing can be enforced.But they are already talking about going back into lockdown if people do not follow the current recommendations (which of course they are not doing - with people happily leaving the city to go to their 2nd residence on the coast for instance).

If the city goes back to a mandatory lockdown, it will likely happen within the next 2 weeks. If you can cancel without costs, I'd do that.
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Old Jul 20, 2020, 9:59 am
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Thanks - I am supposed to meet a friend there, so I am still holding out hope. I can cancel pretty much everything up until the day before, so I'm just going to keep monitoring and hope things get better.
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Old Jul 22, 2020, 12:35 pm
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UK/US Dual Citizens Traveling to Spain via UK - COVID

Here's the scenario, and while I personally discourage the travel, I would love to hear the communities thoughts on feasibility.
A family of 5 (1 US citizen, 4 US/UK dual citizens) wish to travel from New York to Ibiza in August.

From what I can gather, Spain is only permitting entry for UK residents from the UK. - "UK nationals can enter Spain from outside EU/Schengen member states only if they reside in the UK and are arriving from the country of residence."
If they wish to layover or connect in the UK, the travelers can enter the UK with no problem, and must then self-isolate - but self-isolation can be ended by departing the UK.

So - I guess the question is - will Spain know or care how long they were in the UK in self-isolation before traveling to Ibiza? Are there any other legal issues here?

Thank you for your thoughts
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Old Jul 22, 2020, 1:09 pm
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I see 3 problems:

For the Brits, I guess they should be fine doing it, but not as a connecting flight. These have to be independent flights. However, as it has been reported ad nauseam in other threads, ending the isolation early means the possibility of being found (either by the airline, or by the UK authorities) and fined.

And then, there is the American.

S/he is a family member of the rest of the flyers, but unlike them, who will enter the UK with a British passport, will use an American passport and be stamped upon entry. And when s/he tries to leave, this will be noticed —either check-in, passport control— and probably not allowed to fly (and if the agent who notices it is intelligent he will realise that the rest of the group where s/he is flying are coming also from the US because they belong to the same family, do some checks, and stop them), or this will happen upon touchdown in Spain. End of the trip for all.

So, s/he might be allowed to fly on the basis of being a family member of a European citizen, however, at some point there will be a check on when s/he entered Europe and the lie will be found.

The last problem comes —for everyone in the group— from a new Spanish regulation that stipulates that all travelers to Spain, independent of citizenship MUST fill a form a day before flying where they report their address, phone number, carrier company, and you guessed, in which countries they have been during the last 14 days. If you report as having been in the US for the last 14 days you won't be able to fly. The alternative is lying, which has legal consequences (the least of them being expelled from Spain), so I would just avoid the trip if possible.
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Old Jul 22, 2020, 1:30 pm
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Originally Posted by dcmike
Anyone have any experience in how the "Stay at home" orders in Barcelona are being enforced? I am supposed to go in two weeks and trying to decide if I should cancel the trip.
If you're willing to deal with the hassle of the facemasks in public places, you should definitely still plan your trip. The [mod edit] Catalan government, luckily, does not have the power to lock down the region.
Businesses in Barcelona are already furious about the existing restrictions.
A mandatory "stay at home" lockdown is not going to happen unless the deaths rates start to spike exponentially and the central goverment has to come to our rescue again. But that is unlikely at this point in time as the numbers aren't that bad.
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Old Jul 22, 2020, 1:32 pm
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Originally Posted by MfromL
I see 3 problems:

For the Brits, I guess they should be fine doing it, but not as a connecting flight. These have to be independent flights. However, as it has been reported ad nauseam in other threads, ending the isolation early means the possibility of being found (either by the airline, or by the UK authorities) and fined.

And then, there is the American.

S/he is a family member of the rest of the flyers, but unlike them, who will enter the UK with a British passport, will use an American passport and be stamped upon entry. And when s/he tries to leave, this will be noticed either check-in, passport control and probably not allowed to fly (and if the agent who notices it is intelligent he will realise that the rest of the group where s/he is flying are coming also from the US because they belong to the same family, do some checks, and stop them), or this will happen upon touchdown in Spain. End of the trip for all.

So, s/he might be allowed to fly on the basis of being a family member of a European citizen, however, at some point there will be a check on when s/he entered Europe and the lie will be found.

The last problem comes for everyone in the group from a new Spanish regulation that stipulates that all travelers to Spain, independent of citizenship MUST fill a form a day before flying where they report their address, phone number, carrier company, and you guessed, in which countries they have been during the last 14 days. If you report as having been in the US for the last 14 days you won't be able to fly. The alternative is lying, which has legal consequences (the least of them being expelled from Spain), so I woiuld just avoid the trip if possible.
+1. Too many things could go wrong with this plan.
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Old Jul 22, 2020, 1:36 pm
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Unless they can portkey directly to Ibiza (also, I would recommend checking the status of the Islands because they have impossed restrictions in certain things. If they are planning on drinking on the bars they might be in for a surprise, or walking without masks...)
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Old Jul 22, 2020, 1:59 pm
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Thank you for the prompt and detailed response.
We're on the same page - I think they'll likely get "caught" either on departure from the UK or arrival in Spain.
Regarding the new Spanish immigration form - can you advise if/where you've seen anything that shows the 14 day restriction for entry from the US? I'd like to see a copy of the regulation and maybe the form - is it the FCS form or something else?
Thanks again!
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Old Jul 22, 2020, 2:13 pm
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They will have to fill out a form that lists their residence, as well as all the countries they have visited in the last 14 days. Sure, you could lie, I guess.
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Old Jul 22, 2020, 2:53 pm
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Form is here: https://www.spth.gob.es/

No, actually the 14 rule does not apply for US citizens, I just checked. According to this site (https://reopen.europa.eu/), its free circulation only for European residents:

As of 21/6/20, Spain has opened borders without quarantine requirements and travel restrictions for residents in the European Union, countries that are parties to the Schengen Agreement, Andorra, Monaco, The Vatican City and San Marino. As of 4 July, residents of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay are also allowed to enter Spain; residents of Algeria, China and Morocco may enter Spain only in case of reciprocity measures taken by the respective countries.
The US is in none of those lists. Also useful is the information here (https://es.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/).

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Old Jul 23, 2020, 10:14 am
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Spain Travel Health portal appears to have been down all day. Not connecting on app and form cannot be created on web site.
Same for everyone?
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