Travellers returning to the UK from Spain after midnight tonight should quarantine for 14 days, the federal government has stated.
The resolution got here following a big spike in coronavirus instances in Spain, with greater than 900 new instances of the virus reported on Friday.
Spanish officers have additionally warned a second wave may very well be imminent as main cities have seen instances surge.
The Foreign Office is advising in opposition to all however important to mainland Spain.
“Protecting public health is our absolute priority and we have taken this decision to limit any potential spread to the UK,” a spokesman from the Department of Transport stated.
“We’ve always been clear that we would act immediately to remove a country [from quarantine exemptions list] where necessary.”
The spokesman stated folks at the moment on vacation in Spain ought to observe the native rules, return home as regular, and test the Foreign Office’s travel recommendation web site for additional data.
The authorities is urging employers to be “understanding of those returning from Spain who now will need to self-isolate”.
But Labour’s shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds known as the federal government to clarify intimately the way it will assist these affected, including that the information will likely be “deeply concerning for families who are in caught in Spain or are planning travel”.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted that the choice was made after reviewing the newest knowledge earlier on Saturday.
“This reinforces the point that these matters are subject to change at short notice and so my advice is to be cautious about non-essential foreign travel,” she stated.
What’s taking place in Spain?
Spain has to date seen greater than 28,000 coronavirus deaths. On Thursday, it noticed the most important largest day by day enhance 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 home 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 Guy Hedgecoe in Madrid says contagion amongst younger folks is a selected fear, as they’ve been gathering in giant numbers in cities at night time.
France has warned its residents to not travel to Catalonia whereas Norway has stated it should begin quarantining folks arriving from Spain.
Quarantine measures for UK travellers had been launched in early June. But after strain from the aviation and travel industries, the federal government and devolved administrations printed lists of nations exempt from the rules.
The quarantine measures will apply to these coming back from mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, resembling Palma and Ibiza. However, Foreign Office recommendation in opposition to non-essential travel, which has ramifications for travel insurance coverage, solely applies to mainland Spain.
The Airport Operators Association stated the brand new measures will “further damage what is already a fragile restart of the aviation sector which continues to face the biggest challenge in its history”.
Budget airline EasyJet stated it was “disappointed” and would function a full schedule within the coming days.
“Customers who no longer wish to travel can transfer their flights without a change fee or receive a voucher for the value of the booking,” the corporate stated in an announcement.
The new rules for Spain come a day after 5 different locations had been added to England’s quarantine-free record.
Anyone coming to England from Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and St Vincent and the Grenadines is not going to need to isolate for 2 weeks on arrival, the federal government confirmed on Friday.
John Blackmore, from Hampshire, was attributable to fly out to his household in Spain along with his spouse and two younger kids. But the brand new rules 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 stated he thought it was unlikely they’d get a refund for the flight, because it has not been cancelled.
“I’m devastated,” he informed the BBC. “I have family in Spain who haven’t seen their only 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 – attributable to fly out on Sunday morning – however now feels that she can’t travel.
“I’m a keyworker – I’m a teacher – and my boyfriend has work commitments so we cannot quarantine for 14 days when we return,” she stated.
“We can’t get any money back and to change the company want double what I’ve already paid in fees… I’m very disappointed and upset as we’re packed and ready to go.”
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