TUI holidays to Spain have been cancelled anew. The popular travel firm is extending holiday cancellations to mainland Spain as well as its islands. Trips with TUI to Spain will now not start up until the end of August.
TUI have said the cancellations are due to the current travel restrictions imposed by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Holidays to mainland Spain will not resume until August 29.
Travel to the Canaries and Balearic will not resume until August 24.
Anyone affected by the axed trips can apply for a refund.
The news does not affect anyone currently away on holiday in Spain with TUI.
TUI said in a statement: “Due to the continued UK Foreign Office advice against all but essential travel to all areas of Spain, TUI UK has extended holiday cancellations to mainland Spain up to and including Friday August 28 2020 and the Balearic and Canary Islands up to and including Sunday August 23 2020.
“All affected customers will be able to amend their holiday for free and receive a booking incentive or cancel and receive a full cash refund.
“Due to the ongoing uncertainty, customers due to travel to all areas of Spain before Monday August 31 can amend for free and receive an incentive up to £500, or cancel and receive a full cash refund.
“Customers currently on holiday will be able to continue their holiday as planned.”
The restrictions on Spain travel were issued back on July 27.
Tourism authorities in Spain are desperate for the government to change its stance – but the Foreign Office has shown no sign of doing so.
The current FCO travel advice is as follows: “The FCO advise against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks in the country.
“This advice is based on evidence of increases in cases of COVID-19 in several regions, but particularly in Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia (which include the cities of Zaragoza, Pamplona and Barcelona).
“The FCO is not advising those already travelling in Spain to leave at this time.
“Travellers should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect themselves and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus.
“If you are returning from Spain you will be required to self-isolate on your return to the UK, but the FCO is not advising you to cut short your visit.
“You should contact your tour operator or airline if you have any questions about your return journey.”
The FCO explains that strict rules apply to anyone who does travel to Spain.
“On arrival, travellers entering Spain from the UK will not be required to self-isolate.
“However, they will be subject to the following three requirements:
– Provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with mandatory contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19 48 hours prior to travel
– Temperature check
– Undergo a visual health assessment.”
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