Travellers returning to the UK from Spain after midnight should quarantine for 14 days, the federal government has mentioned.
The choice got here following a spike in coronavirus instances in Spain, with greater than 900 new instances of the virus reported on Friday.
Spanish officers have also warned a second wave could possibly be imminent as main cities have seen instances surge.
The Overseas Workplace advises in opposition to all however important journey to mainland Spain.
“Defending public well being is our absolute precedence and now we have taken this choice to restrict any potential unfold to the UK,” a spokesman from the Division of Transport mentioned.
“We have at all times been clear that we’d act instantly to take away a rustic [from quarantine exemptions list] the place mandatory.”
The spokesman mentioned folks presently on vacation in Spain ought to comply with the native guidelines, return house as regular, and test the Foreign Office’s travel advice website for additional info.
The quarantine measures will apply to these getting back from mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, comparable to Palma and Ibiza. Nevertheless, Overseas Workplace recommendation in opposition to non-essential journey, which has ramifications for journey insurance coverage, solely applies to mainland Spain.
Amongst these affected is Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who started his vacation in Spain on Saturday. He’s anticipated to proceed his journey as deliberate and isolate in step with steering on his return.
The federal government is urging employers to be “understanding of these getting back from Spain who now might want to self-isolate”.
However Labour’s shadow house secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds known as for the federal government to elucidate intimately how it might help these affected, including that the information can be “deeply regarding for households who’re in caught in Spain or are planning journey”.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted that the choice was made after reviewing the newest information earlier on Saturday.
“This reinforces the purpose that these issues are topic to alter at quick discover and so my recommendation is to be cautious about non-essential overseas journey,” she mentioned.
What’s occurring in Spain?
Spain has to this point seen greater than 28,000 coronavirus deaths. On Thursday, it noticed the most important each day improve in infections since its lockdown ended.
Catalonia has turn out to be the newest area to crack down on nightlife. The rich north-east area, which is house to Barcelona, ordered all nightclubs to shut for 2 weeks and put a midnight curfew on bars within the better Barcelona space.
The BBC’s Man Hedgecoe in Madrid says contagion amongst younger folks is a selected fear, as they’ve been gathering in massive numbers in cities at evening.
France has warned its residents to not journey to Catalonia whereas Norway has mentioned it is going to begin quarantining folks arriving from Spain.
Quarantine measures for UK travellers had been launched in early June. However after strain from the aviation and journey industries, the federal government and devolved administrations printed lists of nations exempt from the foundations.
The Airport Operators Affiliation mentioned the brand new measures would “additional harm what’s already a fragile restart of the aviation sector which continues to face the most important problem in its historical past”.
Price range airline EasyJet mentioned it was “disillusioned” and would function a full schedule within the coming days.
“Prospects who not want to journey can switch their flights with no change payment or obtain a voucher for the worth of the reserving,” the corporate mentioned in an announcement.
Nevertheless, the UK’s greatest tour operator, Tui, cancelled its flights on account of depart to mainland Spain and the Canary Islands on Sunday. Prospects presently on vacation will be capable to return on their meant flight house.
A spokesman for the Affiliation of British Journey Brokers (Abta) mentioned the federal government’s quarantine rule change was “disappointing”.
“We recommend the federal government considers lifting the quarantine guidelines for flights to and from sure areas with decrease an infection charges, or to locations such because the Balearic Islands or the Canaries – that are geographically distinct from mainland Spain – to keep away from additional harm to the UK inbound and outbound tourism industries,” he mentioned.
The brand new guidelines for Spain come a day after 5 different locations had been added to England’s quarantine-free list.
Anybody coming to England from Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and St Vincent and the Grenadines won’t should isolate for 2 weeks on arrival, the federal government confirmed on Friday.
John Blackmore, from Hampshire, was on account of fly out to his household in Spain together with his spouse and two younger kids. However the brand new guidelines imply he has needed to cancel, for fears his spouse’s employer wouldn’t be capable to accommodate her taking an additional two weeks off to quarantine on their return.
He mentioned he thought it was unlikely they might get a refund for the flight, because it has not been cancelled.
“I am devastated,” he informed the BBC. “I’ve household in Spain who have not seen their solely grandkids since Christmas.”
Lois Stothard, from South Yorkshire, informed the BBC she had booked a vacation to Seville as a shock for her boyfriend’s 30th birthday – on account of fly out on Sunday morning – however now feels that she can’t journey.
“I am a keyworker – I am a trainer – and my boyfriend has work commitments so we can’t quarantine for 14 days after we return,” she mentioned.
“We won’t get any a refund and to alter the corporate need double what I’ve already paid in charges. I am very disillusioned and upset as we’re packed and able to go.”
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