From today May the 15th until at least the 15th of June, all people arriving in Spain from abroad are expected to self-quarantine for two weeks.
Quarantining all visitors from abroad is a new measure introduced by the Ministry of Health to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus in Spain, where the official number of total cases is 275,000, the second highest in the world after the USA, and the death rate per 1m/population is the second highest in the world after Belgium.
Besides the quarantine, non-essential travel to Spain will be heavily restricted. As a rule, Spanish authorities will only let in Spanish citizens, permanent residents of Spain, and regular residents of the Schengen area who are in transit to their place of residence. Other visitors could be turned back.
So, if you return home to Spain from abroad from today onwards you will be expected to stay in your place of accommodation, be it your own home or temporary accommodation, only going out for essentials such as food and medicine, when you are expected to wear a face mask. The authorities can check up on you.
It means that if you are returning to Spain to start bargain hunting in a market that will undoubtedly offer up rich pickings soon or later, you will have to spend the first two weeks under house arrest wherever you are staying.
In a tit-for-tat measure of high-minded policy, France has just imposed the same on all visitors from Spain, and the British government has announced it plans something similar (maybe, sometime?).
Quarantining international visitors to countries like Spain where the Covid-19 virus is already endemic might not help bring the disease under control, but it will certainly give Spain’s’ tourist industry another kick in the teeth. That will also hurt the holiday-home market, both rental and sale.
According to a study by the tourist industry lobby Exceltur, the coronavirus crisis will reduce tourist income in the Balearics by 40% this year, followed by Catalonia down 34%, the Valencian Region -33.6%), Andalusia -32.5%, Madrid -27.9%, and the Canaries -25.9%. Reliance on tourism explains why Spain will suffer the economic consequences more than most.