Holidays cancelled: Airlines suspend Spanish holidays – Can you still travel to Spain?

Travellers to Spain will now have to enter into a 14-day quarantine after arriving back into the UK. Coronavirus cases have spiked in some areas of the country, which has prompted the British Government to drop the country from the list of countries exempt from quarantine measures.

Any travellers arriving back onto UK soil from Spain will now have to self-isolate for 14 days.

Spanish authorities have reintroduced lockdown measures in some areas due to spiking cases, triggering the move back onto the Government’s ‘red list’ of countries.

Over the weekend, coronavirus cases in Spain spiked by 6,000, triggering fears of a second wave.

Spain was removed from the Government’s list of countries exempt from quarantine on July 26.

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Can you still travel to Spain?

Some airlines are stopping holidays to mainland Spain, leaving holidaymakers without their summer getaways.

Holiday giant TUI has scrapped holidays to mainland Spain in the wake of the country being added to the Government’s ‘red list’.

Tui said it would contact those customers who were affected and offer the right to cancel or amend their holidays.

A statement said: “All customers currently on holiday can continue to enjoy their holiday and will return on their intended flight home.”

Tui added health and safety was its highest priority, but urged the Government to “work closely” with the travel industry.

It said: “This level of uncertainty and confusion is damaging for business and disappointing for those looking forward to a well-deserved break.”

Jet2 has also cancelled all flights from the UK to mainland Spain up to August 16.

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The budget airline announced on Monday it would be cancelling flights from Britain to four destinations in Spain.

Jet2 said on Twitter: “Following the latest government advice regarding travel to mainland Spain from the UK, we have taken the decision to suspend our flights and holidays programme to Costa de Almeria, Alicante, Malaga and Murcia from 28th July up to and including 16th August.”

Other airlines like British Airways and Wizz Air have said they will continue to offer flights, but may re-evaluate the situation as time goes on.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising against all but essential travel to mainland Spain, as well as the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands.

A government spokesperson said: “The Joint Biosecurity Centre together with Public Health England have updated their coronavirus assessments of Spain based on the latest data.

“As a result, Spain has been removed from the lists of countries from which passengers arriving in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are exempted from the need to self-isolate.

“Protecting public health is our absolute priority and we have taken this decision to limit any potential spread to the UK.

“We’ve always been clear that we would act immediately to remove a country where necessary. Both our list of quarantine exemptions and the FCO travel advice are being updated to reflect these latest risk assessments.”

After travelling to Spain, the Canary or Balearic Islands holidaymakers will need to isolate for 14 days upon arrival back to the UK.

Health minister Helen Whately told the BBC reinstating quarantine rules was the “right thing to do” in order to keep the UK’s virus rate “right down” and avoid a second spike.

Ms Whately urged anyone considering booking a holiday to “be mindful that we are still in the situation of a global pandemic”.

However, Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya has insisted her country is safe to visit.

She added like many countries around the world, Spain “has outbreaks but the governments — both national and regional — are working to isolate cases as soon as they appear”.

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