Spain: Madrid turns white as heavy snowfall hits city
There is a global effort to vaccinate people against coronavirus, and many are hopeful vaccine rollout will signal a return to normal life. Many are hoping to go abroad for a holiday this year, however it could be many more months before international travel returns to normal. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has urged people to have a “great British summer”, as Covid restrictions are likely to remain in place for some time.
Can you travel to Spain now?
In England ‘stay at home’ orders have been reintroduced due to the third national lockdown.
People can only leave their homes for reasons deemed essential, and people cannot leave home to travel unless it is for a legally permitted reason.
The rules on non-essential travel also apply to international travel, so people cannot go on holiday to Spain at the current time.
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People planning to travel to the UK from abroad must self-isolate upon arrival.
The Government guidance states: “If you intend to travel to England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, you must provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 test result taken up to three days before departure.
“If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.
“Before you return to the UK you must provide your journey and contact details.
“You must self-isolate when you enter the UK from any foreign country except Ireland, unless you have a valid exemption.”
Failure to self-isolate can result in large fine, starting at £1,000.
Spain has also introduced restrictions on UK visitors travelling to Spain currently in light of the new strain of coronavirus first discovered in the south-east of England.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice on Spain’s entry requirements states: “On December 22, 2020, Spain introduced travel restrictions on passenger travel from the UK by air and sea.
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“These measures have been extended until 6pm (GMT+1) on February 2, 2021 (5pm/GMT in the Canary Islands), with the exception of Spanish nationals and those legally resident in Spain.”
When can we travel to Spain again?
Spain’s Prime Minister said the nation will not welcome international tourists until the “end of the summer”, Euro Weekly News reported.
Pedro Sánchez said Spain will “progressively” prepare to welcome international tourists once 70 percent of Spain’s population has been vaccinated against Covid-19.
Spain is aiming to meet its vaccination target by the end of summer 2021.
Speaking at the 113th meeting of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organisation held in Madrid this week, Mr Sánchez said: “Only mass vaccination will open the way to the normality we want.”
The news will undoubtedly be disappointing for Spain’s tourism workers and business owners.
In 2020 Spain’s tourism sector lost £94billion (€106bn) due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
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