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The United States maintains an alert on trips to Spain

The United States maintained its recommendation of reconsider traveling to Spain due to the covid-19 pandemic, terrorism and civil unrest.

“Reconsider the trip to Spain due to COVID-19. Exercise greater caution in Spain due to terrorism. Exercise greater caution in Barcelona and Catalonia due to civil unrest,” said a statement released by the State Department.

This new travel notice replaces the one published on August 10 by the State Department.

The note detailed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, in English) issued a travel advisory “level 4” for Spain due to the pandemic.

CDC assesses the risk of contagion of covid-19 considering five levels, ranging from unknown, to low (1), moderate (2), high (3) and very high (4).
According to this classification, in the case of countries included in level 4 “travelers should avoid all types of travel to these destinations”.

“Improvements have been reported in conditions within Spain; however, the entry restrictions of US citizens due to covid-19 remain,” the statement from the US Foreign Ministry said.

The Spanish Ministry of Health notified this Monday 19,979 coronavirus infections since last Friday and 401 more deaths, up to 45,069 since the epidemic began, although the average incidence has been reduced to below 300 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, specifically it drops to 275.5.

On the other hand, the State Department warned that “terrorist groups continue to plan possible terrorist attacks in Spain.”

“Terrorists can strike with little or no warning, targeting tourist spots, transportation hubs, markets / shopping centers, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship,” among others, he added.

The State Department indicated that “sporadically” they occur demonstrations in Barcelona and other places in Catalonia; and that some of them “have become violent and have blocked roads and interrupted public transport. Protesters have started fires and destroyed public and private property.”

Last March, the ban on entering the US from countries of the Schengen zone decreed by the president, Donald Trump, due to the coronavirus came into force and, after its first 30 days of application, it was extended indefinitely.

The United States Embassy in Spain It specified at that time that the suspension of entry to the country did not affect legal residents or foreign spouses of legal residents, among other cases.

Nor does it affect foreigners who are parents or legal guardians of US citizens, as well as children or siblings.