Foreign Office issues new advice on Spain travel – but some hotspots are exempt

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Earlier this month, the government eased travel restrictions to countries including Spain.

But following a spike in coronavirus cases, flights to the popular British tourist destination have been paused again.

The FCO released new advice about visiting Spain – but it doesn’t apply to the Canary and Balearic Islands.

On the website, the travel authorities say: “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).”

While the FCO doesn’t believe people should jet off to Spain at this time, it isn’t telling Brits to rush home.

Instead, it warns holidaymakers to keep following travel advice regularly.

Returning tourists must also quarantine themselves for two weeks after arriving back in the UK – whether they're travelling from the mainland or nearby islands.

The website continues: “The FCO is not advising those already travelling in Spain to leave at this time.

“Travellers should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect themselves and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus.”

It adds: “If you are returning from Spain (including from the Balearics and Canaries) on or after 26 July you will be required to quarantine on your return to the UK, but the FCO is not advising you to cut short your visit. You should contact your tour operator or airline if you have any questions about your return journey.

“PHE are continuing to monitor the situation in the Balearic and Canary Islands closely.

“Travellers there should continue to check this advice regularly.”

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