With La Comunidad Valenciana being larger than Wales, the restriction of inter-regional travel means a fantastic chance to discover what is literally on your doorstep. Chris Cooper summarises just what is allowed
On Wednesday 10 March, the inter-territorial Committee of the Spanish National Health Service approved the closure of all Spain’s autonomous communities with the exception of the Canary and Balearic Islands.
The closures will take place to cover the San José public holiday between 17–21 March (the holiday falls on the 19th) and to restrict Easter movement from 26 March until 9 April.
Travel to and from the Comunidad Valenciana will be forbidden from all other parts of Spain.
The Valencia Community consists of three provinces and inter-provincial travel is allowed among Alicante, Valencia and Castellón.
Although the Canaries and Balearics will be open, health minister Carolina Darias explained that travel to either destination from Valencia, or anywhere else is Spain is not permitted: “National tourism is not possible.”
Should travel to another autonomous community be deemed essential, it will be allowed under the following exceptions:
- Attending health centres
- Professional, business and legal commitments
- Attending universities and educational institutions, including schools and nurseries
- Returning to habitual or family residence
- Helping care for elderly people, minors, dependents, vulnerable people and people with disabilities
- Travelling to financial and insurance entities and petrol stations in neighbouring territories
- Urgent public, judicial or notarial matters
- Renewing permits and official documents as well as other administrative procedures that cannot be postponed
- Taking exams or official tests that cannot be postponed
- Situation of need or force majeure.
Any other urgent situation must be accredited by an official body such as the police.
The curfew will continue from 23:00 to 06:00 but local governments have the option to apply a 22:00 curfew should they wish to. The current curfew in Valencia is 22:00.
A strange twist in the tale is that international travel to Spain remains possible, and the only requirement for entering Spain from anywhere in Europe (and many other countries worldwide) is proof of a negative PCR test taken within 2–3 days, depending on the country of origin.
Travel to other countries from Valencia is also possible but it is important to check the destination country’s entry requirements from Spain.
In general, the Valencian government advises against all travel, but it is permitted. Valencian beaches will all be open and the weather should be fine. Valencian hotels are reporting that, according to bookings, many international tourists are set to come to Valencia to enjoy Easter, so expect a livelier city than in recent weeks.
©Where Can I Visit From Valencia This Easter? – TheValencian
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