Spain holidays will likely not be an option for Britons for quite some time. Despite certain elements of the UK lockdown easing this week, the government has not changed its stance on its travel advice. Britons are currently advised to avoid all but “essential” travel.
“Spain has put measures in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19),” explains the FCO.
“From 15 May, all new international arrivals entering Spain, including Spanish nationals and residents, will be required to self-isolate in their residence or hotel for a period of 14 days.
“Movement will be limited to essential trips to supermarkets or pharmacies and those affected will be required to wear a facemask at all times in public.
“They should be contactable by authorities and should report any Covid19 symptoms to regional authorities.
“Cross-border workers, cabin crew, lorry drivers and healthcare workers are exempt from this measure.
“British travellers who are currently in Spain and who wish to return to the UK will continue to be allowed to depart and are advised to make travel plans to do so as soon as possible.”
The FCO adds: “If you’re currently in Spain, follow the advice of local authorities.
“Anybody planning to travel to Spain should consult their airline or tour operator and note that the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.”
Spain has also begun easing the lockdown that was introduced after Spain declared a State of Emergency (“Estado de Alarma”) on March 14.
“On April 28, the Spanish government announced a four-stage de-escalation plan to gradually ease the current confinement and mobility measures over an estimated period of at least eight weeks,” explained the FCO.
“While no specific dates have been attributed to each phase, it is estimated that each one will last for an initial period of two weeks from May 4.
“Moving from one phase to another will be contingent on the control of the COVID-19 outbreak in Spain and different provinces and regions of Spain may progress at different speeds.”
The FCO added: “Hotels and other tourist accommodation are expected to re-open (with access restrictions to communal areas) when Phase 1 of the plan is activated.”
While the quarantine is to keep Spain’s inhabitants safe and limit the spread of coronavirus, those in the tourism industry are not happy about the rule.
The popular holiday islands of Majorca and Ibiza are frustrated about the impact the quarantine will have.
Tourism bosses have called for the quarantine rule to be rescinded as soon as possible so international tourism can get back to some sort of normality and to prevent thousands of businesses going bust.
Ibiza slammed the new order, saying: “The quarantine for foreign flights is a slap in the face!”
Island newspaper, Diario de Ibiza says Ibiza’s President, Vincent Mari has described the new quarantine rule as “nonsense” and causing “unnecessary damage to the islands.”
Published at Wed, 13 May 2020 11:00:00 +0000