People coming to the UK from Spain will have to isolate for two weeks under a new rule announced on Saturday.
It comes amid growing concern about the number of new coronavirus cases being seen in the popular tourist destination.
When does the new rule come into force and who is affected?
The measure was effective from midnight, meaning that from Sunday all returning travellers will be have to isolate for 14 days.
It applies to people returning to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The government’s move came after Spain logged 922 infections on Friday, slightly down from 971 the day before, with officials tracking more than 280 outbreaks across the country.
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The Spanish government has warned it could be seeing a “second wave” of the coronavirus.
Catalonia became the latest region to crack down on nightlife in an effort to limit the spread of the virus.
The northeast region ordered all nightclubs to close for 15 days and put a midnight curfew on bars in the greater Barcelona area and other towns that have seen a rise in infections.
What should you do if you’re already in Spain?
If you are among one of the estimated 100,000 Britons in Spain, there is nothing you can do.
The quarantine rule is already in force, so there is little to be gained by cutting your holiday short to return to the UK early.
Just enjoy the rest of your trip as best you can, follow the local rules, and then return home as normal.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not advising those already travelling in Spain to leave at this time.
What should you do if you have booked a trip to Spain in the future?
From 26 July, the FCO is advising against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain due to the COVID-19 risk.
Exempt from that advice are 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).
People coming into the UK from any of those places, including the islands, must do quarantine.
ABTA – the UK’s travel trade association – says customers due to travel to Spain should contact their travel provider.
Holiday operator Tui said it will cancel all holidays to Spain in response to the announcement and customers will be contacted to discuss options.
Airline easyJet said it planned to operate its full schedule, with a spokeswoman saying: “Customers who no longer wish to travel can transfer their flights without a change fee or receive a voucher for the value of the booking.
“Should any flights be cancelled for later in August customers will be notified and informed of their options which includes transferring to an alternative flight free of charge, receiving a voucher or applying for a refund.”
British Airways also said its flights will continue to operate.
Source : Sky News