Those travelling from Spain and its islands into the United Kingdom, will now be required to quarantine for 14 days.
The decision to introduce a quarantine period has been taken following medical and scientific advice. The new regulations will take effect from midnight tonight, therefore anyone arriving after that time must self-isolate.
Speaking about the changes Health Minister Robin Swann said: “The decision to remove Spain from the exempt list was not taken lightly. I have always said I will move swiftly and take the necessary action to ensure our citizens are protected. I have spoken with my counterparts across the UK today and we agree that the recent upsurge in new positive cases in different parts of Spain are a cause for concern.
“As of midnight tonight, anyone returning or visiting Northern Ireland from Spain, including its islands will be required to quarantine for 14 days. I will continue to monitor the situation in Spain and other countries and make the changes to the regulations when necessary.”