Holidays in popular Spain has proven to be a prime choice for Britons once again with hundreds flocking to the holiday hotspot. But since the reintroduction of tourists to the country, Spain has experienced a sudden spike in coronavirus cases. The cases have been particularly prevalent in Spain’s Catalonia region, which is also home to the country’s third largest city of Barcelona.
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The region has recorded more than 1,000 new cases of the virus in a single day.
The sudden surge in coronavirus cases has thrown some areas back into temporary lockdown.
But beaches in Barcelona reached capacity over the weekend, despite warnings and pleas from local authorities to stay at home.
The local authorities urged 96,000 residents of three towns in the Catalonia region to stay at home to help halt the spread of coronavirus.
Residents in Barcelona were also urged on Friday not to leave their homes unless it is essential.
However, it seems residents and tourists in the region have ignored the warnings after the Barceloneta beach reached capacity yesterday.
In fact, the beach had to be closed to sunbathers who queued to try and gain access to the sunny hotspot.
The region has not yet imposed a mandatory lockdown.
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But Catalonia’s regional health ministry is showing a daily increase of 944 cases.
It comes as Spain is considering resealing its borders following a sudden surge in the area.
This means that tourists with holiday plans in Spain could face some cancellations if borders are closed.
With the destination appearing to be entering into a second spike, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is in ongoing talks with the French President Emmanuel Macron about closing the border between France and Spain once again.
Holidaymakers from England, Wales & Northern Ireland may journey to and from Spain without the need for a mandatory period of self-isolation.
Scottish travellers are still required to quarantine when they return to Scotland from Spain.
However, regulations could be set for further change if cases in Spain continue to rise.
However, at the time of writing, all Britons must pass three measures before being allowed into the country.
The FCO explains that you must “provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19, 48 hours prior to travel.
“You can do this on the Spain Travel Health website or downloadable app.
“It is mandatory for all passengers travelling to Spain to fill out and sign the online form associated with your trip, regardless of your nationality or residency status.
“On completion, you will be issued a personal and non-transferable QR code which you must show (electronically or hardcopy) at airport health controls on arrival.”
UK travellers may also undergo a “temperature check” and “a visual health assessment” upon arrival in Spain.
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