Coronavirus in Costa del Sol and Andalucia
Page or section last updated Monday 17-05-2021 at 12.45 hrs.
11-05-2021 Reyes Maroto, Spain's Tourism Minister speaking at a forum in Alicante today said "We are working with the UK travel industry to reactivate (holidays) as soon as possible and that the British choose Spain for their summer holidays" She hoped it would be as soon as 20th May. This is a reference to changes being prepared by the EU in respect of non-essential travel from Non-EU countries. A draft reads "Member States should permit travel to the EU for people that have received their final vaccination dose (of an UE authorised vaccine) at least 14 days prior to travel." PCR tests will not be required.
The Spanish travel industry was naturally disappointed with UK including Spain on the amber list. However if we look at one metric such as the AI(14d) Spain is 162 an has a long way to go to reach Portugal's 40 or UK's 25. The minister is no doubt trying to persuade the UK to take a regional approach in the next traffic light update. She announced this at a conference in Valencia region where the rate is currently 31. Follow the regional rates levels of protection measures .
09-05-2021 The state of alert has ended and central government policy was not to renew this, requiring the regional governments to undertake future measures. Andalucia is doing this in three phases. The first called Stabalisation is until the 31-05-2021. There is no curfew and no restrictions on meetings. Wearing face-masks continues to be obligatory. The Andalucian border and the eight provincial perimeters are now open to travellers. Only larger villages (population over 5.000) with AI(14d) rates over 1.000 will have perimeter closed; a specif court order is required for this.
The restrictions will be progressively reduced in a new system with each municipality within four levels of Alert. Low with AI(14d) less than 50, Medium with AI(14d) less than 150. High with AI(14d) less than 250 cases and Extreme with AI(14d) greater than 250.
Bars/cafés/restaurants can be open until midnight with up to 8 clients at interior tables and 10 on exterior tables. Pubs (bars with music licence) open to 02.00 with same table number restrictions. Discos can open (except in level Extreme towns) and in level Low towns dancing is permitted in the exterior and with face-mask.
At concerts, cinemas, theatres and bullfights in level Low and Medium level towns, empty seats must be kept between groups. In High and Extreme level towns, 1.5m separation must be maintained between groups. The venues will study the rules carefully and consult those already in the weekly updates for the levels of protection measures .
On beaches and at swimming pools there are no general time restrictions. A minimum social distance of 1.5m must be maintained between groups. Town halls may issue special rules as they did in the summer of 2020.
At celebrations a permitted capacity is between 50 and 300 people inside, and 75 to 500 people outside; depending on the level of the town. As restaurants , up to 8 people may be seated at interior tables and 10 on exterior tables.
07-05-2021 UK will allow citizens to take holidays abroad from 17 May have placed twelve countries and territories including Portugal, Israel and Gibraltar are on the first 'green list of destinations'. People returning from those places will NOT have to quarantine. Spain, France and Greece are Amber list countries - from which people will have to quarantine at home upon their return to UK and "people should not be travelling there yet either" said UK Government minister Grant Shapps.
06-05-2021 Now that the provincial borders are open don't forget that some villages are still closed as their AI(14d) rates are above 500. Closed villages are mainly in Granada, Jaén and Seville provinces. Further villages in the chart above have rates greater than 1.000 AI(14d) so commercial activity is halted as well.
05-05-2021 Andalucia President, Juanma Moreno announced on Tuesday "We are going to approve a new plan to vaccinate 1 million a week. We just need the vaccine to arrive." (The current plan is 500k). The statement was mocked on social media for the obvious condition. However he must have known something. That evening Sanidad in Madrid published that record 593.260 doses were delivered; half Astra Zenica, half Pfizer and nearly double the previous weeks delivery. See Andalucia vaccine statistics below.
Salud also announced on Tuesday evening that "This week we will give appointments to 59 and 58 year olds to receive their first dose. Actually those born in 1963 and 1962.
27-04-2021 Update to Coronavirus measures announced by Juanmar Moreno, Andalucia President on television that from Thursday 29-04-2021 (00.01hrs). The Andalucia border remains closed, however people can travel between the 8 Andalucia provinces; Malaga, Seville, Granada, Cadiz, Huelva, Cordoba and Jéan. Almost everything else remains the same, the curfew is still 23.00 to 06.00. Business and bars bars close at 22.30 but restaurants can stay open to 23.00 in all areas as long as the clients are home by 23.00. Measures will continue until 09-05-2021 when the State of Alarm ends and new laws/regulations that are still to be determined will apply.
19-04-2021 Those who are not registered in the Andalucia Health Service, such as those resident with private health insurance, should register to be included in the COVID-19 vaccination programme. You can simply download a PDF application form and take it to your local health centre. If you have a digital signature you can also submit the form online.
If you are already registered with the Andalucia Health Service, you can (with a digital certificate) check your details online to ensure your phone number is up to date. You do so online at ClicSalud+ if you have a digital certificate.
19-04-2021 As you can see from the orange line on graph above of the number of cases (presented in a rolling 7 day format to smooth daily spikes and weekend reporting lag) is bouncing around as if there is a background level that cannot be reduced.
08-04-2021 A new National law came into force on 30-03-2021 requiring the wearing of face-masks for all those 6 yrs and over in all indoor and outdoor public places including streets and open spaces. Exceptions being medical reason, individual sport. The measures were already required in Andalucia. Following push-back from the regions this was modified to deem bathing in sea, lake, river or swimming pool as incompatible with masks. During a 'moment of rest' before and after bathing (or water sports) does not require masks as long as the person is stationary and maintains a minimum 1.5m distance from other persons not in their bubble.
31-03-2021 Spanish Government has lifted the special 'British Covid strain' restrictions on arrivals from the UK from 18.00 30-03-2021. Since 22-12-2020 only Spanish nationals and foreign residents had been permitted to enter Spain by air or sea. However while the restrictions were in force the UK Brexit transition period ended (31-12-2020) and UK now comes under Spain's worldwide Covid arrival regulations. Therefor only those who can demonstrate through documentary evidence an essential need to enter Spain will according to the regulations be admitted. The permitted list of reasons is listed on the UK Gov Travel Advice Spain.
29-03-2021 British government's new Covid regulations came into force. They include travel abroad to 'buy, rent, let out or sell a second home' as a justifiable reason to leave England.
Andalucia has administered 3.584.751 doses since the beginning of the campaign of which 1.178.838 are second or single dose vaccinations. 391.130 doses were included in this weeks Monday to Wednesday delivery (12-05-2021). This is a drop on previous week's large delivery. Previous week's were 593.260, 324.090, 272.710, 260.860, 368.060, 176,250, 117.250, 157.960, 175.430, 178.620 163.300, 133.600 and January's average was 73.000. AstraZenica was a modest 56.500 similar to Moderna's 55.000 in comparison to Pfizer's 279.630 delivery this week. For the second week running there was no Janssen. The current rate of administration has increased to about 65.000 (based on average over last week) per day. At this daily rate, it will take 7 months to vaccinate (two doses) all Andalucia. Delivery was expected to substantially increase in second quarter and it had not until this first week in May. Delivery is expected to substantially increase again in third quarter of 2021 as shown in the graph on the Coronavirus Vaccinations page Data to 13-05-2021
Read more about Coronavirus Vaccinations in Andalucia including delivery predictions.
The number of cases (positive Coronavirus tests) in the last seven days was 6.637 and those with symptoms numbered 996. In the last fourteen days positive test were 14.532 and those with symptoms numbered 4.089 giving a Andalucia AI(14d) rate of 172. Cases every day since March 2020 are shown on the graph. There been have been a total of 565.130 positive tests in Andalucia since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, this is about 6.5 % of the population.
The number of tests carried out in the last week was 106.781. The third wave testing peak was 255.313 on 28-01-2021, second wave peak was 158.000 then dropping to a low of 78.000 in early January). The number of tests proving positive is now 8% (It dropped from 20% in November to 8% at Christmas and rose again to 20% last January) Data 13-05-2021
Confirmed cases that required hospital admission in Andalucia in the last seven days number 378. The total admissions for the pandemic is 46.189. Confirmed cases that required intensive care admission in Andalucia in last seven days was 28 the total for the pandemic is 5.154.
The number of Coronavirus patients currently in Andalucia hospitals is 1.098 (up from low of 1.059 on 28-03-2021 and down from peak of 4.962 on 31-01-2021) of which 291 are currently in intensive care. (up from low of 243 on 28-03-2021 and down from peak of 724 on 09-02-2021). The second wave peak was 3.478 (10-11-2020) of which 235 were in intensive care. The first wave peak was 2.709 (30-03-2020) of which 438 were in intensive care. Current data as reported by Ministerio de Sanidad on data up to 12-05-2021.
There have been 50 deaths in Andalucia in last seven days. The total for the pandemic is 9.922.
The number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days per 100,000 populations in Spain is now 166 (the precious low was 128 on 16-03-2021, the third wave peak was 890 on 29-01-2021, the second wave peak was 595). In Andalucia the rate is also now 229 (the recent low was 128 on 24-03-2021, third wave peak which was 959 on 01-02-2021, the second wave peak was 580 and between them a low of 135 on Christmas day). See updated chart of case rates for all 17 regions at the foot of our Confirmed Cases page.
Andalucia data above was published on 17-05-2021. Spain data on 13-05-2021.
There remain only 8 municipalities in Andalucia (out of 785) whose residents have not recorded a single case of Coronavirus. They are all small inland villages with very small populations. Read the decreasing list at the foot of our Confirmed cases page.
Seven Key measures remain
Seven key measures came into effect on Sunday 17-01-2021 and still apply.
Closure of the Andalucia land border remains.
Travel between the 8 provinces is NOT permitted (except for justified exceptions).
Closure of the perimeter of any municipality with an AI(14d) rate over 500.
Closing of all bars/cafe/restaurants and shops in Andalucia at 22.30 hrs.
Reduction from 6 of the maximum number of people meeting together outside in any place including cafes/bars terrace, only 4 inside cafe/bars.
Closing of all non essential activity in any municipality with an AI(14d) rate over 1000.
Curfew remains at 23.00 hrs to 06.00.
The general justified exceptions are explained on 10-11-2020 on the Coronavirus Cronology page. There are a number of interesting additional exceptions to inter provincial travel noted in the official publication in the BOJA.
International travel restrictions
08-01-2021 All international passengers will have to test negative for Covid-19 before travelling to the UK. The measure comes into force at 04.00 Monday 18-01-2021. All travellers irrespective of nationality arriving by plane, train or boat will have to take a test up to 72 hours before leaving their departure. This is in addition to the requirement to self-isolate for 10 days when arriving in the UK.