Unless otherwise mentioned these rules apply to all the provinces in Andalucia, Almeria, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga and Seville.
Click on this link for the interactive map of Andalucia that shows the Covid 19 risk in each municipality in Andalucia and the restrictions that apply. (TIP: right click and choose 'Translate to English' when you get to the map)
Three pieces of good news this week.
Good News 1: The whole of Andalucia is now at level 1 which makes travelling and socialising that much easier.
Good News 2: The second bit of good news is the UK announcement on the 17th September, by Transport minister Grant Shapps, that the international traffic light system is being simplified to a single red list.
Good News 3: Finally, effective as from the 4th October 2021, PCR tests will no longer be required for fully vaccinated travellers returning to England, so no more waiting in queues to have a swab pushed up your nose and your wallet relieved of 40 Euros.
Under the new testing regime, people who have had both vaccinations will not need to take a pre-departure test before leaving any country NOT on the red list. The UK will be replacing the day two PCR test with a cheaper, rapid lateral flow test.
Pre-departure tests will not be needed if you have had both vaccinations.
Juan Manuel Moreno, the president of the Junta de Andalucia, announced this Tuesday, August 31, after the meeting of the ‘committee of experts’, the relaxation of the measures in the Andalucian community. The new measures will take effect at midnight on Wednesday, September 1.
Bars and restaurants will be now able to open until 2am in the morning, although they must stop serving at 1am, and the number of diners is expanded to eight inside and ten outside, while nightlife venues may be open until 3.30am in the morning, although they must stop serving at 3am, and their capacity is increased to 250 people on level 1, and to 200 people on level 2. Ice cream parlors and theme parks may open until 2am in the morning, as long as the municipalities allow it, and the allowed capacity for celebrations, funerals, and conferences is also expanded, according to alert levels, and the Board will also request the expansion of the capacity in football matches, which is currently established at 40 per cent.
Number of Tests and Cases of Coronovirus The number of positive Coronovirus tests has dropped to 9,416 over the last seven days (out of 105,951 people tested) and those displaying symptons has dropped to 902 of which only 402 required hospital treatment and 29 of those required intensive care. There were 22,864 positive tests and 3,217 people displaying symptoms during the last two weeks. These figures indicate that the levels have dropped to those being seen between March and June 2021, the lowest since the epidemic began.
Number of Vaccinations Andalucia has administered 11,716,682 vaccinations since the beginning of the campaign. 78% of the population over 12 years has been fully vaccinated and 87% have had at least one dose.
On the 6th August 2021, the Contentious-Administrative Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice of Andalusia, based in Granada, has denied the application for a covid passport to access leisure locations such as drink bars and nightclubs and has denied the Junta de Andalucia its application for a requirement to present a covid passport to access leisure locations such as nightclubs.
From Thursday 5 August customers going into nightclubs and disco-bars in Andalucia will be required to show a Covid certificate or a negative PCR or antigen test result first.
A similar measure, restricting access to bars and restaurants and other indoor spaces introduced in the Canary Islands was overturned by the High Court in the Canaries as infringing individual privacy rights. However, Galicia has introduced the same restrictions as those proposed for Andalucia and Cantabria is considering following suit.
The message has to be - follow the rules in place until the courts decide those rules infringe human rights and it is illegal to implement them.
The 2am to 7am curfew will remain in force for another week.
The provinces of Almeria, Cadiz, Granada, Huelva, Jaen and Seville are now at Protective Measure Level 2.
The provinces of Cordoba and Malaga are at Level 3.
For details of restrictions at each level, Click here.
Announcements, proclamations and declarations by officials in all countries are now out of date almost as soon as they are made. To say the situation is confused is an understatement. So, to prevent our readers being confused, all previous news items have been removed, apart from a couple that are still relevant.
The Protective Measures Level, that defines who can do what and when, changes weekly so it is important to check before you arrive just what restrictions are in place for the municipality you are travelling to. This is a 2 step process.
The rules in Spain can change almost overnight, as they can in your country of origin. So it is important you check the rules for re-entry to your country before you return.
Check Before You Return
The Feria de Malaga will now be held in September rather than August accordingto the mayor, Francisco de la Torre
Other towns are following suit and either cancelling or postponing their annual events.
On the 29th June it was announced that any British tourist travelling to Spain after the 1st July will need to present a certificate of a negative Covid 19 test. Basically, Brits will have to conform to the rules that came into force on the 6th June for all those entering Spain by sea or air.
See this article for the applicable rules.
As expected the wearing of masks outdoors became non obligatory on the 26th June. Masks should still be carried at all times for use in shops, restaurants, museums, hotels etc. Masks must continue to be worn at large outdoor events such as concerts.
The Andalucian committee of experts met on the 14th June and made two momentous decisions to modify the existing restrictions due to the 'High Incidence Rate Of Infections.'
Decision 1: Ice cream may now be sold until 1am.
Decision 2: Alcoholic beverages may not be sold or served after midnight.
On Thursday 3rd June 2021, the Junta de Andalucia announced that in municipalities declared 'a tourist venue', more retail establishments will be able to open on Sundays and holidays during the summer period, 2021.
The new ruling applies to commercial establishments over 300 square metres since those with a surface area less than 300 sq mtrs may already open on Sundays and holidays. The 35 tourist municipalities have a popuilation of less than 100,000 and must meet certain criteria, that the number of overnight stays per year is greater than 10% of the population or that this percentage is reached for at least three months per year, that the number of visitors is at least five times greater than that of neighbours.
Designed as an incentive to the tourism industry, this new measure will be applied in the 35 tourist municipalities currently declared by the Ministry of Tourism, Regeneration, Justice and Local Administration, of which nine belong to the province of Malaga, seven to Cádiz, six to Huelva, four to Granada, four to Jaén, two to Almería, two to Seville and one to Córdoba.
Unfortunately, the notice does not give the names of the municipalities.
The state of alarm is over. It is now up to regional authorities to enforce future measures. Only villages with a population over 5,000 with infection rates over 1,000 will have their perimeters closed and a court order is required to implement this measure. You still need to check the map using the link above, to ascertain the level for each municipality.
This page was becoming unwieldy, with information that was no longer pertinent. The important points and links are at the top of the page. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. Nick