The Spanish authorities have extended the ban on entry of Russian tourists
The Spanish authorities have extended the imposed restrictions on tourist travel from countries outside the European Union and the Schengen area (including Russian tourists) until May 31 due to the current situation with coronavirus.
The preventive measures imposed by the government of the country expired on April 30. However, the Spanish State Gazette (BOE) emphasized that, if it is necessary, the restrictions would be extended until the end of May. The extended ban means that travelers from non-Schengen countries, as well as from the UK and the US, are prohibited from traveling to Spain for tourist purposes during May.
May 31 is not the final date for lifting such a ban - Spain has already extended it many times, so there is no certainty that the upcoming summer tourist season will again take place in Spain.
The exception are tourists arriving from countries where infection rates are currently low - these are New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Rwanda, China, Thailand, Hong Kong and Macau. The tourists from these countries are allowed to enter Spain, despite the imposed restrictions.
The country's government announced last month that the authorities are considering lifting restrictions on entry into the country for tourists from other European countries. At the same time, the Spanish government announced that they are seeking to extend the existing restrictions on entry into Spain from territories where the epidemiological situation remains difficult.