Shortly after the European Union recommended the entry into its territory of Argentine citizens, whether or not they are vaccinated against the coronavirus, Spain announced that from today residents in Argentina will be able to enter the European country in the framework of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through a administrative decision, Spain modified “the criteria for the application of a temporary restriction of non-essential travel from third countries to the European Union and Schengen associated countries for reasons of public order and public health due to the health crisis caused by COVID-19”. The European country did so by modifying order INT / 657/2020 dated July 17 of last year, by Order INT / 1159/2021, dated October 29 of this year.
The application of the modification was confirmed through the publication of the new Order in the Official State Gazette (BOE) this Saturday, October 30. There, a new list of third countries was established whose residents are exempt from travel restrictions to the European Union, as well as a set of specific categories of people also exempt from those restrictions, regardless of their place of origin.
Just yesterday it was learned that the European Council decided to add Argentina to the list of “safe countries”, whose inhabitants can enter the European continent with the approval of the health authorities, as a result of the favorable epidemiological situation. Colombia, Namibia and Peru were also included in the list. Inclusion on the list works as a recommendation for the member states of the European bloc.
In the new administrative measure published in the Spanish Official Gazette, it announces the “third countries, special administrative regions and other entities and territorial authorities whose residents are not affected by the temporary restriction of non-essential travel to the EU across the external borders in the terms included in this order ”.
Below is a list of countries in which in addition to ArgentinaThey include Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Jordan, Kuwait, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and China. Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions (SAR) are also added. In addition, Taiwan, which in the official document is detailed as “entity and territorial authority not recognized as States by at least one Member State of the European Union.”
Yesterday, the European Union recommended lifting restrictions for travel from Argentina and the country was included in a list of “safe countries”, although the final decision on admission was left to each member of the European bloc. It has to do with good news for people vaccinated with Sputnik V and unable to enter the continent.
Argentina was added to the Annex I of Council Recommendation 2020/912, in which the EU member states agreed on a common approach to travel to the European Union, which means that “travel from Argentina to the EU should not be affected by restrictions linked to Covid-19.” Argentines and residents may enter Europe, having only to comply with the measures related to health, such as tests and quarantines, determined by the competent national authorities of the country to which they travel.
Being included in Annex I means that all travel from the country in question is allowed, regardless of the vaccination status (it does not matter if the person is vaccinated, or if they are vaccinated with a vaccine not recognized by the EMA or WHO).