Holidaymakers returning from Catalonia, home to Barcelona, will have to present a negative coronavirus test or go into quarantine upon arriving in Germany. It’s one of three Spanish regions newly designated high risk.
Germany’s disease control agency on Friday added Catalonia, Navarre and Aragon to a list of places considered “high risk” for the novel coronavirus.
The change means people returning from the three regions in northeastern Spain, including popular holiday spots Barcelona and the Costa Brava, face the prospect of a 14-day quarantine. Coronavirus tests will be mandatory for all arrivals from high-risk areas from next week.
The summer tourist season has seen a recent surge in infections in Europe — for example, in France, Spain and Luxembourg — and there are concerns returnees to Germany could trigger a second coronavirus wave.