Holidaymakers in Spain must now quarantine for 14 days upon return to the UK
On Friday evening, the Government announced a change to the regulations for travellers in or heading to Spain. Previously, an ‘air corridor’ had been set up to allow people from the UK to travel to Spain without having to quarantine when they return, and vice versa; air corridors are also available for other countries such as Australia, Denmark, France and Greece. With a rise in COVID-19 cases in Spain, however, that has changed. Travellers now have to quarantine for 14 days upon their return from Spain or face a fine in an effort to prevent a second spike in cases in the UK.
Spain has seen an increase in cases over the last week, especially in the Aragon and Catalonia regions in the North. In total they have had over 28,000 deaths, and over 279,000 confirmed cases (as reported by worldometer.info). This suggests that there may be cause for concern over a second spike. Spain’s Prime Minister called the changes “unjust”, asking for the UK to change its guidance to only include the regions with rising cases, as there are concerns over the impact on the Spanish economy. The government is now advising against any non-essential travel to the country, though 11% of Spain’s economy is from tourism, with UK travellers being the largest market. This could have serious consequences for the Spanish economy as recovery could be a lot slower.