What are the rules for travel to Spain from the UK from 26 July 2020?

Park Guell by architect Gaudi in a summer day in Barcelona, Spain.

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Spain to be added to mandatory UK 14 day quarantine from TONIGHT!

Spain has been one of the countries that seemed to have coronavirus under control, but in the last couple of weeks, cases have been steadily rising. On Friday Spain recorded 2,255 new cases, following 2,615 new cases on Thursday. There are around 281 active outbreaks, mainly of fewer than 10 people,. It is believed that around one-third of the outbreaks come from social or family gatherings, with nightclubs identified as a hot spot for infections.

The government has announced that all travellers from Spain arriving after midnight (2300 GMT) today, Saturday 25 July will need to spend two weeks in quarantine according to the BBC and other newspapers. This has been officially confirmed. Those returning before midnight will be encouraged to get tested on their return.

However, the FCO advices against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks. Only the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa) and Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera) are exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This means if you choose to travel to mainland Spain your travel insurance may not be valid. And you will still have to quarantine on the way home from the islands. 

If you want to cancel, legally you are not actually entitled to a refund due to an FCO warning. Many companies such as BA will allow you to take a travel voucher or change dates in certain circumstances. If not, travel insurance is likely to cover it. You can find BA’s policy page here. 

The move is likely to deal a devastating blow to the travel industry as thousands of travellers had booked holidays to Spain after it was put on the safe list. With the short notice given of the decision, it is likely to put people off booking holidays if they can’t afford to quarantine on return. 






3 Comments on "What are the rules for travel to Spain from the UK from 26 July 2020?"

  1. After many changes and cancellations we were all set to fly to ALC on 1st August….not to be.

  2. Considering the short notice it would seem fairer to have required returning passengers to get tested or quarantine to allow those people who have jobs they need to return to to not lose an unexpected 2 weeks salary.
    Given the excess testing capacity I find the lack of an arrivals testing option baffling

    • Totally agree Jon. Jersey is a great example. They are almost COVID free. Test everyone on arrival. That’s how we should be doing it. It’s not cool proof but neither is quarantine that they can’t enforce and allowing people to go by public transport and go to get food if they need to!

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