Spain holidays: FCO issues new update as Spain clamps down on rising coronavirus cases

Spain holidays are currently advised against by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The government removed Spain from the travel-corridor list in late July. Anyone returning from the country now has to quarantine for 14 days upon their return home.

The Foreign Office made the decision after a rise in coronavirus cases was reported in Spain.

Now the FCO has issued new travel advice to travellers as further outbreaks are reported and Spain launches measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Those who previously loved trips to Spain for its thrilling nightlife will find a very different nocturnal scene now.

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

“Many municipal authorities and regional governments have issued advice to visitors and residents, and have imposed controls on opening hours for bars and nightclubs and gatherings of more than 10 people.”

The FCO continued: “A number of outbreaks of COVID-19 have been identified in Spain since the end of the State of Alarm [on June 21].

“You should consult the Ministry of Health map for information on their locations.

“If you are staying in any of the affected areas, follow the advice of the local authorities.”

Spain is also being strict when it comes to face masks.

“The use of face coverings is mandatory for anyone over the age of six years old on all forms of public transport in Spain and in many other indoor and outdoor public spaces,” the Foreign Office detailed.

“Specific rules on the use of face masks may vary from one region to the next, you should refer to local authorities for advice.

“You should carry a face mask with you and be prepared to wear it throughout your stay.”

Unfortunately for Spain-loving holidaymakers, it doesn’t look likely that the hotspot is making a return to the ‘safe’ list any time soon.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told radio station LBC today that Spain and France have gone “the wrong way” in the battle against COVID-19.

He said: “At the moment I’m afraid France and Spain have both been going the wrong way.

“So just to put numbers on this, we respond when there are about 20 cases per 100,000 of the population measured over a seven-day rolling average.”

He continued: “I think that the last that I saw of Spain it was up in the 40s and 50s so a long way off that, and France, who quarantined from last weekend, I’m afraid to say we were right to do that because we’ve seen the cases continue to carry on up in France as well.

“In order to put a country back into the travel corridor, what we say is it needs to stay below that number for a couple of cycles.

“So a cycle is two weeks long for coronavirus.”

Shapps added: “We’re in exceptional times and we can’t predict what this virus is going to do next and where.

“If you are travelling, do just have in your mind there is a chance that things change and we always will react quickly to protect the situation back home to make sure we’re not re-importing the disease.”

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