Government Re-Introduces 14-Day Quarantine For Travellers Returning From Spain27/07/2020
UK government re-introduces 14-day quarantine on travellers from Spain. This means holidaymakers returning from Spain on July 25, 2020 onwards will need to go into quarantine for 14 days.
This decision came after Spain is experiencing spikes of Covid-19 related cases. As Spain is experiencing dramatic increase in the virus with nearly 1,000 infections are now reported in the past two days.
Currently, the government of England have now removed Spain from the list of countries to which it is safe to travel after the rise in Covid-19 cases.
In a statement a transport department spokesman said: “The Joint Biosecurity Centre together with Public Health England updated their coronavirus assessments of Spain based on the latest data. As a result, Spain has been removed from the list of countries from which passengers arriving in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are exempted from the need to self-isolate. We’ve always been clear we would act immediately to remove a country where necessary.”
The Foreign Office announces it is strongly recommending against all but essential travel to mainland of Spain.
It recommends “From 26 July, the FCO advises against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks. Only the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa) and Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera) are exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.”
“This advice is based on evidence of increases in cases of COVID-19 in several regions, but particularly in Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia (which include the cities of Zaragoza, Pamplona and Barcelona).”
But, Spain’s Canary and Balearic Islands were not covered by the advice to avoid travel, but are subject to the quarantine.
Spain is the warmest holiday destination in Europe among British holidaymakers.
Since, the country reopens for tourism. It introduces tougher measures in order to prevent second waves of Coronavirus.
Currently, the country has recorded 319,501 confirmed cases with 28,432 deaths and 150,376 were recovered (as of July 27, 2020).
Previously, Spanish government announced mandatory health certificate for incoming passengers. It will fine tourists for not wearing mask.