Travelers arriving from Spain and the islands of Northern Ireland must be quarantined for 14 days, the Ministry of Health confirms.
The requirement, announced on Saturday evening, will apply across the UK and is following a wave of cases in the country.
Spain has reported more than 900 new daily infections in the past two days, with authorities warning that the country may face the onset of a second major wave of infections.
Health Minister Robin Swann said the decision has been taken on medical and scientific advice and will enter into force at midnight on Saturday, July 25.
“The decision to remove Spain from the exempt list was not taken lightly. I have always said that I will intervene quickly and take the necessary measures to ensure that our citizens are protected, “he said.
“I spoke with my colleagues in the UK today and we agree that the recent emergence of new positive cases in different parts of Spain is a cause for concern.
The Airport Operators Association said the regulations will “further damage what is already a fragile restart of the airline industry, which remains to face the greatest challenge in its history.”
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