Holidays in Spain could be at risk after Barcelona was today plunged into voluntary lockdown. The country’s second largest city made the decision after the nation saw a spike of more than 500 coronavirus cases. The city’s residents, which amalgamates to around 1.6 million, have been urged to remain at home and not gather in groups with more than ten individuals.
However, the lockdown is not mandatory.
Sporting events are limited and museums will remain open.
Catalonia’s health chief Alba Verges said in a news conference: “We recommend that people don’t move around if it’s not absolutely necessary.
“It is very important to respect these measures now, it’s the best way to avoid a lockdown.”
Spain holidays: Barcelona on the brink of lockdown putting Britons’ holidays at risk
Spain holidays: Sporting events will be limited and museums will remain open
The shocking news has seen many people take to social media to ask airlines and holiday companies whether they will still be able to go on holiday in Barcelona.
One user asked an airline: “Will you be cancelling Barcelona holidays now there’s lockdown?”
Another enquired: “Barcelona now on lockdown, will you be cancelling my holiday please advise?”
A third wrote: “I want to book a holiday to Barcelona, but really worried about it being cancelled due to a second lockdown, or worse, being stuck there due to a second lockdown.”
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One person commented: “Being told we have a ‘last chance’ here in Barcelona.
“‘Stay at home unless necessary’, otherwise we’ll be back under lockdown.”
Another tweeted with a sad face emoji, adding: “When you’re supposed to be going to Barcelona next week but it’s gone into lockdown.”
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has ruled Spain exempt from advice against all non-essential international travel.
Spain holidays: The FCO explained that there are requirements when travelling to the country
The website added: “This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.”
The FCO explained that there are requirements when travelling to the country.
“Provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with mandatory contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19 48 hours prior to travel,” the website states.
Visitors will also have to have a temperature check and undergo and visual health assessment.
International travel post-lockdown
Britons are allowed to travel to Spain without facing England’s stringent quarantine rules on their return.
The rules changed on July 4 when the UK government released a list of countries that Britons can travel to without facing quarantine rules on their return.
“Spain’s borders are open to European Union and Schengen-area countries, and travellers from the UK,” according to the FCO.
Spain has been one of Europe’s hardest-hit countries from coronavirus with more than 28,000 deaths during the pandemic.