Spain holidays: UK government issues warning after big Spanish lockdown rule change

Spain holidays are a favourite among many Britons in normal times. However, holiday plans have to be cancelled or put on hold as coronavirus swept the globe, leaving a path of devastation in its wake. Spain was particularly badly hit by the deadly virus.

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However, the Mediterranean hotspot is now starting to recover.

Various lockdown restrictions have been eased as Spain begins a slow road back to normality.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has shared the latest update on travel advice for the country.

Spain started its four-stage de-escalation plan at the start of May.

While various rules have been relaxed, there’s one that has been ramped up, the FCO warns.

Face masks are now compulsory 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.”

Spain has strict quarantine measures for those entering the country.

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“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,” said the FCO.

“During this time, movement will be limited to essential trips to supermarkets or pharmacies and those affected will be required to wear a facemask at all times in public.”

However, if you are merely passing through the country this will not apply.

“The Spanish authorities have confirmed that travellers transiting through Spain are also exempt as long as they travel home directly and do not spend the night in any establishment in Spain,” said the FCO.

“All passengers should carry their passports, proof of onward travel (i.e. ferry or Eurotunnel tickets) and country of residency.”

As for tourist accommodation in Spain: “Hotels and other tourist accommodation are expected to re-open (with access restrictions to communal areas) when Phase 1 of the plan is activated,” explained the FCO.

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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