Since July 27, the Foreign and Commonwealth office has been advising against all non-essential travel to Spain due to an increase in cases in the country. This meant Brits who decided to travel to Spain against the advice or were already there on holiday would need to self isolate for 14 days on return to the UK. This is still the case, putting many people off a Spanish holiday.
The Government strips countries of their place on the UK travel corridor list when they see more than 20 new daily cases per 100,000 population over a seven day period.
That’s what happened with Spain, after data showed its infection rate to rise to 87.5 over a seven day period.
Tonight, Croatia and Austria were placed on the quarantine list for the same reason.
Portugal has been removed from the quarantine list, meaning Brits are free to jet off to the country for a holiday without self-isolating on return.
But what about Spain?
Spain travel update: At present, Spain is on the UK’s quarantine list
Spain travel update: Spain was placed on the list with little notice
The FCO website states that: “Countries and territories can be taken off or added to this exempt list at any time” but this is determined by infection rate.
The 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).”
However, Spain’s quarantine rule applies too all areas of Spain including the Balearic and Canary Islands.
The Government is not advising those already in Spain to leave, but it is advising Brits at home not to travel to Spain.
Can I go to Spain?
You can currently go to Spain, but you will be unlikely to get travel insurance and you would need to quarantine for two weeks on return.
If you do decide to go to Spain while the country is on the quarantine list, you won’t need to quarantine when you get there.
However, you will be subject to the following three requirements, you must:
– Provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19, 48 hours prior to travel
– Undergo a temperature check
– Undergo a visual health assessment
As it stands, Spain’s infection rate is 138.7 over a 14 day period, and the county isn’t showing any signs of slowing down the virus.
In fact, yesterday Spain recorded its highest daily increase yet, with 3,715 confirmed positive cases in just 24 hours.
Portugal was on the quarantine list for a while, despite its relatively low case rate.
Tonight, Portugal was added to the safe list meaning Brits can go there without needing to quarantine on return.
Portugal’s infection rate over the past 14 days is still at 26.9 per 100,000, but its seven day average is now down to 14.6.
Spain would need to drop its infection rate to a similar level before the Government considers allowing Brits to travel there freely.
More restrictions have been put in place in Spain to try and cope with the rising infection rate.
For example, pool parties have been banned and hotels and bars are closing in some destinations such as Majorca.
Public smoking has also been banned, and so have nightclubs and discos.
Restaurants won’t be admitting customers after midnight.
A town in Albacete has returned to lockdown, and another four in Granada have told residents to stay at home.
Another outbreak in parts of Catalonia (namely parts of Barcelona metropolitan area, and the areas of La Noguera, El Segria and L’Alt Empordà) has caused local authorities to lockdown residents.
In these areas, meetings of more than 10 people in public or private are prohibited, and the authorities have ordered the closures of nightclubs, gyms, and restrictions to the capacity and opening hours of bars and restaurants.
Across the country, face coverings are mandatory for anyone over the age of 6 on public transport and many other indoor and outdoor public spaces.
Keep updated with the latest rules here.