Spain denies new land border controls with Portugal

By TPN/Lusa, in News, Tourism, World · 08-06-2021 12:13:00 · 7 Comments

Spanish authorities have denied the existence of new border controls with Portugal as part of their measures to protect against Covid-19.

According to a report by Lusa, the Spanish authorities have confirmed that “random checks” can be carried out within the Spanish territory and travellers to the country are required to have a negative Covid-19 test, vaccination certificate or disease recovery certificate.

All of this has been done within the framework of new legislation relating to the Covid-19 European digital certificate, which Spain already recognises and had begun issuing.

According to a source from the Spanish Ministry of Health, "there is an obligation to have the documentation and if, by chance, there is a random check, it must be presented".

"This will be the general rule", but there will not be "permanent physical checks" at land borders, there will only be "random" inspections, as is currently the case under the Schengen Agreement.

According to the Consulate General of Spain in Portugal website, “as of June 7, all persons over the age of 6 who cross the land border with Portugal must have some of the health certifications required for all travellers entering the country by air and sea".

These certifications include a negative Covid-19 diagnostic test (done within the previous 48 hours), which can be PCR or antigen, vaccination certificate or disease recovery certificate.

The sources assure that on the land border with France the same rule is applied.

Spain launched the European digital green certificate on 7 June, to allow “faster, safer and more agile travel between the countries of the European Union”.

The certificate, which at the European Union level is only expected to come into force on 1 July, attests that the holder has received the complete vaccination, has a negative diagnostic test - including the antigen test - or has recovered from the disease.

The head of Portuguese diplomacy said this week that the demand for a negative Covid-19 test to cross the land border with Spain “can only be a mistake”, stressing that, if it persists, Portugal will have to take “reciprocity measures”.

On 8 June, the Portuguese minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, announced that Spain will be amending the rule that requires the presentation of proof of vaccination against Covid-19 or a negative test at the land borders with Portugal.

“We had very intense contacts at all levels with the Spanish Government during the afternoon and evening of yesterday [Monday] and even last night we received confirmation from the Spanish authorities that, in fact, it was a lapse that would be corrected today and, therefore, this is what will happen”, said the minister.

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By Gurmeet Singh GullE from Other on 09-06-2021 04:52

I have a group of 40 Americans all booked for 10 days in Portugal in September, 5 in Lisbon and 5 in Porto. Hurry and open up as we are all vaccinated, tested, healthy and super psyched to visit you!!

By Patty from USA on 09-06-2021 02:58

Vaccine passports will never happen

By Peter Mott from UK on 09-06-2021 02:21

Portugal and Spain should be as one we are both family and very close knit together we stand and together we love one another and together we will defend each other Portugal loves you Spain always together for ever God bless!

By David correia from USA on 09-06-2021 01:14

I'll keep my money in Portugal...Enjoy your Tapas...Bye Bye Now...

By Sakamoto Saurez from Lisbon on 09-06-2021 09:51

ia viajar ontem de USA para Portugal ontem mais infelismente não foi possivel e informada nu aeropo, eu que è uma falta de consideração com as pessoa e não entede porque ki Portugal não ker entra de USA.

By Candida from USA on 09-06-2021 12:13

Tipical of the Spanish government
With their arrogance in the Iberia peninsula
They forget that Portugal has NOTHING to do with them except the many victories we had along the centuries keeping them where they belong

By Alberto Canedo from Porto on 08-06-2021 06:48
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