Spain holidays are a very popular choice with Britons looking for an affordable, sun-soaked holiday abroad. British holidaymakers were left overjoyed after it was announced that Spain was included on a list of countries that will be exempt from England’s quarantine rules. This means that people from England travelling to Spain for a holiday can return without facing 14 days in quarantine.
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Current Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice states: “From 4 July, Spain is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.
“This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.”
Although Britons won’t be required to isolate, they will be subject to three requirements.
They must provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with mandatory contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19 48 hours prior to travel, undergo a temperature check and a visual health assessment.
But despite these measures being in place, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon effectively ‘banned’ Scottish residents from going on holiday to Spain yesterday.
Ms Sturgeon said that travellers arriving from Spain will still have to quarantine for 14 days when arriving in Scotland.
She said that due to Spain’s higher coronavirus infection rates there is potential for cases to be imported.
However, the First Minister did warn that the aviation and tourism sectors in Scotland will be impacted from her decision.
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The move is also likely to disappoint countless Scots who were planning a break in Spain.
Ms Sturgeon’s other amendment to the UK government’s exemption list of countries applied to Serbia.
She said self-isolation rules will still apply to travellers from Serbia but that the other “air bridge” countries will not have to quarantine if they fly to Scotland.
Reportedly, Scots travelling to and from Spain through English airports will still be checked when they return.
Ms Sturgeon said in her statement yesterday: “I know how many people from Scotland enjoy travelling to Spain and I know how much we love welcoming Spanish tourists.
“My hope is these restrictions can be relaxed soon, and possibly very soon.
“However, unfortunately, and I do mean that, we cannot in good conscience at this stage lift restrictions on people arriving from Spain because of the significantly higher prevalence.”
Chief executive of Edinburgh Airport Gordon Dewar said: “It does still pose some serious questions and threats to the industry.
“This is one of Scotland’s biggest and most important destinations for inward and outward tourism, and that impacts on airline decisions about where to base their fleet.
“We hope to see this resolved quickly.”
Spain’s borders are now open to the EU and Schengen-area countries.
Anyone presenting symptoms of coronavirus or refuses one of Spain’s entry requirements will be seen by a health professional.
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