Spain will open its borders to members of the EU’s Schengen Zone, plus the UK, on June 21. The border was originally due to remain closed until July 1.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced the decision today during a conference call with regional leaders, as reported by Spanish newspaper El Pais.
The Portuguese border will remain shut until July 1 on the request of Portuguese PM Antonio Costa.
Travellers from other, non-EU countries will be allowed into the country without the need to self-quarantine from July 1 onwards, if there is a reciprocal agreement on travel.
After recording its first cases of Covid-19, Spain introduced one of Europe’s strictest lockdowns. Borders were closed on March 14 and a ‘state of alarm’ has restricted Spanish citizens from moving freely throughout the country – something that will also end on June 21.
To date, Spain has recorded more than 290,000 cases of Covid-19 and 27,000 deaths.