Spain holidays are normally hugely popular with British travellers. Many Britons have been left disappointed and frustrated as the coronavirus pandemic brought their travel plans to a standstill. However, there is now light at the end of the tunnel for Spanish getaways.
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Earlier today it was revealed that the two-week quarantine imposed on travellers entering Spain will end from July.
Now, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its travel advice on hotels and tourist accommodation in a further boost to holidaymakers’ hopes.
The FCO updated its Spain information today to explain that accommodation in the country is opening up.
“Hotels and other short stay accommodation (such as campsites or caravan parks) are permitted to re-open with some restrictions (e.g. limited or no access to communal facilities) depending on the phase of the de-escalation plan it is in),” said the FCO.
“You should contact your accommodation provider prior to booking for information regarding the restrictions in place.”
Spain announced its four-stage de-escalation plan on April 28.
The first phase of this began earlier this month.
“While no specific dates have been attributed to each phase, it is estimated that each one will last for an initial period of two weeks from May 4,” explained the FCO.
“Moving from one phase to another will be contingent on the control of the COVID-19 outbreak in Spain and different provinces and regions of Spain may progress at different speeds.”
Although certain rules are relaxing, the wearing of face masks is now compulsory for anyone over six years old across Spain.
Urban and inter-regional transport services (i.e. coaches and trains) continue to operate at reduced levels.
For now though, until July, Spain’s quarantine still applies.
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The FCO clarified: “The Spanish government has introduced very strict rules about entering Spain. You must meet the requirements in order to enter.
“From 15 May, all new international arrivals entering Spain, including Spanish nationals and residents, will be required to self-isolate in their residence or hotel for a period of 14 days.
“During this time, movement will be limited to essential trips to supermarkets or pharmacies and those affected will be required to wear a facemask at all times in public.
“They should be contactable by authorities and should report any coronavirus symptoms to regional authorities.”
The FCO continued: “Cross-border workers, cabin crew, lorry drivers and healthcare workers are exempt from this measure.
“The Spanish authorities have confirmed that travellers transiting through Spain are also exempt as long as they travel home directly and do not spend the night in any establishment in Spain.
“All passengers should carry their passports, proof of onward travel (i.e. ferry or Eurotunnel tickets) and country of residency.”
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