Spain holidays: Government issues new advice as ferries announce launch start date

Spain holidays are much loved by many Britons thanks to the sun, sea and sand there. Bookings have been flung into chaos as a result of the coronavirus pandemic but hopes are rising trips to Spanish shores could soon be back on the cards. The government are expected to unveil updates on the proposed ‘air bridges’ on Monday.

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These would see travel corridors established between the UK and a number of other “safe” countries, erasing the need to quarantine on return to Britain.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have updated their travel advice for Spain this week.

Spain ended its State of Emergency last Sunday on June 21.

The FCO explained: “Spain’s borders are open to European Union and Schengen-area countries (with the exception of Portugal where the restrictions will continue to apply up until July 1), and travellers from the UK.

“This means that British nationals no longer need to present a residency certificate to enter Spain.

“The Spanish Government has confirmed that travellers arriving from the United Kingdom from June 21 are not required to self-isolate on arrival in Spain.”

However, Britons heading to Spain will have to undergo a number of health checks.

The FCO detailed: “Travellers entering Spain from the UK will not be required to self-isolate however, they will be subject to the following three requirements:

– Provide contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19

– Temperature check

– Undergo a visual health assessment

“Anyone who presents symptoms or fails one of the above requirements will be seen by a health professional.”

As a result of lockdown easing in Spain, airports and land borders are open.

Inter-regional travel is also permitted in the country.

Ferry travel between Spain and the UK is also set to resume.

This is due to start up again next week.

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“Passenger ferries between Spain and the UK are scheduled to start operating on June 30,” said the FCO.

“For the latest information on sailings and availability, check the Brittany Ferries website.”

CEO of Brittany Ferries Christophe Mathieu said in the latest message from the company: “I am pleased to confirm our plans for a staggered resumption of passenger services, beginning as early as next Monday, June 29.”

Mathieu added: “Sadly, however, I have to repeat we will not be able to resume all services, and we won’t be able to keep passenger capacities at pre-Covid 19 levels.”

Travelling on ferries is set to be different from what passengers are used to.

The Brittany Ferries boss explained: “It will also be a different Brittany Ferries experience on board and I draw your attention to the 12 point guide to sailing safely with us this summer which outlines many of the measures to which I have already alluded to as part of our Together & Protected campaign.

“These include things like capacity restrictions on board, staggered embarkation and disembarkation, the requirement for a cabin (or very limited reserved seats on some day sailings).

“Plus of course the measures you would expect on board like intensified cleaning, social distancing and clear advice and guidance for all travellers whilst on board.”

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