Spain holidays are hugely popular among British holidaymakers so it’s unsurprising many people are champing at the bit to go back. However, Spain has been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. There are currently 232,555 confirmed cases of the virus in Spain.
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Tragically there have been 27,888 deaths.
So what is the latest travel advice?
Back in March, in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus, Spain entered a strict lockdown.
The country is now taking steps to relax the tough measures.
A four-stage de-escalation plan was launched on May 4.
Now the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its travel advice to Spain.
In the latest development, unveiled last night, everyone apart from young children is now obliged to wear a face mask in public.
“From May 21, the use of face masks will be obligatory to anyone over the age of six years old in all public spaces in Spain, where it is not possible to maintain social distancing of two metres,” said the FCO.
“Face masks must cover the nose and mouth. Sanctions may be imposed if you do not comply.
“Those with respiratory problems or those unable to wear a mask due to other health conditions or disabilities are exempt from this rule.
“While not mandatory, the use of face masks on children between three and five years of age is recommended.”
In a second update yesterday, the FCO detailed the financial support available for those in Spain at the moment.
“If you’re in Spain, and have exhausted all other options to cover essential living costs while you wait to return home, you could apply for an emergency loan for your living costs from the UK government,” explained the Foreign Office.
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“You can only apply if you normally live in the UK and you cannot return home. This last-resort option is for those most in need, and you would need to repay the loan when you are back in the UK.”
Thirdly, the FCO shared the latest update on ferries between Spain and the UK.
“There are currently no scheduled passenger ferries operating between Spain and the UK,” said the government. “We are working closely with Brittany Ferries who may be able to assist repatriating a small number of people on their freight services.
“If your ferry has been cancelled and you wish to return to the UK, please contact the British Embassy online stating your name and booking reference number.”
Spain also currently has quarantine measures in place. The FCO explains: “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.”
As for tourist accommodation: “Hotels and other tourist accommodation are expected to re-open (with access restrictions to communal areas) when Phase 1 of the plan is activated.”
Earlier this week a Spanish minister said they hoped to welcome tourists by June, however, Britons are currently unable to travel unless it’s “essential”.
It is not yet clear when this restriction will be lifted.
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