Spain warning: Murcia tourist town becomes first in Spain forced back into strict lockdown

Spain warning: Murcia tourist town becomes first in Spain forced back into strict lockdown

A Spanish town in the Murcia region has been forced back into “Phase One” of Spain’s lockdown plane due to a sudden surge of new coronavirus cases. The outbreak in Totana is thought to be linked to a nightclub in the nearby area.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued advice for Britons who are currently in impacted areas.

It states: “A small number of local outbreaks of COVID-19 have been identified in Spain since the end of the State of Alarm.

“You should consult the Ministry of Health map for information on their locations.

“If you are staying in any of the affected areas, follow the advice of the local authorities.”

Over the weekend Spain recorded 4,581 new cases of the virus.

Despite this, holidays to Spain continue, with English, Welsh and Northern Irish travellers allowed to journey between the UK and Spain without the need for quarantine in either country.

Scotland, however, has not included Spain in its quarantine-free travel list.

Holidaymakers must meet a set of entry requirements if they want to visit the country, with officials urging travellers to fill out health control forms prior to departure.

Spain’s Ministry of Health adds: “If you have symptoms, stay home.”

On arrival, UK travellers will be subject to three entry requirements.

The FCO explains that visitors must: “Provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19, 48 hours prior to travel.

“You can do this on the Spain Travel Health website or downloadable app.

“It is mandatory for all passengers travelling to Spain to fill out and sign the online form associated with your trip, regardless of your nationality or residency status.

“On completion, you will be issued a personal and non-transferable QR code which you must show (electronically or hardcopy) at airport health controls on arrival.”

Tourists will also be subject to a “temperature check” and “undergo a visual health assessment.”

Each region in Spain, including many bustling tourist destinations, are also imposing their own rules.

These include the mandatory use of face masks in public at all times in some parts of the country, as well as limited capacity to beaches, bars and restaurants.

Published at Thu, 23 Jul 2020 15:21:00 +0000