Immigration update: Spain | Internal air and sea borders: Control temporarily restored

Who will be affected?

  • Foreigners citizens entering in Spain Territory.


On the 17th of March, the European Council came to an agreement on the temporary restriction of travel (not essential) from third countries to the European Union and associated Schengen countries. The objective: to reduce the spread of COVID-19, due to the health crisis situation caused by Covid-19.

Following the last Order INT / 396/2020 of the extension of the border control. The new Spanish Government Order INT/401/20 of May 11th, of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, published by the BOE (State Official Gazette) today, 12th of May, has re-established temporarily the controls at the internal air and sea borders in the Kingdom of Spain.

Implementation and Duration

Duration: from 15th to 24th, of May 2020. Possibility of extensions that could be established.

Impact: Entry into Spain will be denied except for the following:

*only will be allowed to enter Spanish territory by air and sea:

  • Spanish citizens.
  • Residents in Spain, having to prove their habitual residence. How could I prove my residence in Spain?
  • Cross-border workers.
  • Health or elderly care professionals who go to carry out their work activity.
  • People who document documentary reasons of force majeure or situation of need.
  • Those who arrive in the Spanish territory for any exclusively work-related reason, if they are documentary proof. in addition to those indicated in points a to e.
  • Personnel: diplomatic, consular and from international organizations located in Spain. The displacements must be in the exercise of their functions.
  • Personnel dedicated to the transport of goods, in the exercise of their work activity
    • Crew of ships, in order to ensure the provision of maritime transport services and fishing activity.
    • Flight personnel necessary to carry out commercial air transport activities.


Appeal the refusal of entry

To avoid the administrative procedure of the Refusal of entry. The Ministry of Internal Affairs will collaborate with passenger transport operators and with the authorities of the other Member States and Associated Schengen States in order to prevent travel.

Next Steps (or) Actions Required

Santa Fe will update about any relevant immigration update arising considering this scenario is continuously changing.

Should you have any questions, please contact the following:

Marta Parejo
Immigration Lawyer

Santa Fe Relocation Spain

Irene Martin
Immigration Director

Southern Europe Cluster
Santa Fe Relocation
D: +34 695 228 239

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