Removal of Spain from the travel corridor exemption list
As a result of a substantial augmentation in the level and number of COVID-19 cases in Spain over the past week, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office took the executive decision to remove Spain from the travel corridor exemption list on 25th July 2020. This list comprises of all the countries where people are not required to self-isolate upon arrival into the UK.
With much effort from the UK government to limit the rate of imported infection, the original 14-day quarantine rule has been reinstated for passengers travelling from Spain into England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. What this means is from 26th July 2020, passengers arriving from Spain into the UK are required to self-isolate for 2 weeks.
Updated travel advice
Considering the new outbreak of coronavirus in Spain, including its islands, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has also updated its travel advice for passengers travelling amidst the pandemic.
- Individuals should not travel to Spain unless it is essential. All non-essential travel to mainland Spain is heavily advised against.
- Individuals currently on holiday in Spain are advised to continue with the remainder of their holiday and follow local rules. Upon their return to the UK, they must self-isolate for 2 weeks.
- The self-quarantine requirement will apply to all individuals travelling from mainland Spain, including the Canary and Balearic Islands.
Although it is claimed by Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, that this move by the UK was “unjust”, Germany has also decided to follow suit in line with the UK’s new travel advice for Spain. Germany is now advising against all non-essential travel to Catalonia, Navarra and Aragon as a result of a spike in the infection rate in Spain.
The UK Prime minister Boris Johnson has also recently indicated that a second lockdown is potentially looming across certain parts of Europe. Considering this, the UK is taking precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 into the UK.
However, there are ongoing talks amongst MPs now to reduce the self-isolation period down to 10 days to mitigate the impact of the new travel provisions. We advise that individuals wishing to travel to and from Spain be aware of the latest travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
It must also be noted that individuals must comply with the latest travel guidance. Otherwise, individuals may be liable to a fine up to £1000.00 for non-compliance to the new travel rules.
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