The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued new guidance on visiting Spain as of July 27. Although Spain was previously placed on the FCO’s list of exempt countries, British citizens are now being advised not to travel to Spain.
What is the FCO advice for Spain?
Anyone who travels to Spain will be required to self-isolate upon arrival back in the UK for two weeks.
The current FCO advice applies to all of Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands.
People who are already in Spain have not been advised to leave by the Foreign Office, but they will be required to self-isolate when they return.
Currently a number of countries are exempt from the FCO advice against non-essential travel, meaning Brits can travel to certain areas for their holidays without the requirement to self-isolate back home.
But the FCO state Spain was taken off the exemption list in response to increased numbers of coronavirus cases in several regions of Spain.
The FCO state the regions of Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia have seen increasing numbers of cases, which includes the cities of Zaragoza, Pamplona and Barcelona.
Before your return to the UK from Spain, you will be required to provide your journey and contact details, including details of where you’ll be staying while self-isolating in the UK.
Who can travel to Spain at the moment?
The FCO is advising against all non-essential travel to Spain, which means any holidays to the country are currently not permitted by the Government.
The Government website details who is exempt from the current UK border rules.
In line with this guidance, there may be some essential reasons which would permit someone returning from Spain to the UK to be exempt from UK border rules.
However anyone who is exempt from UK border rules needs to be travelling from Spain to the UK for essential reasons, which does not include holidays.
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According to the Government website people who are exempt from border rules in the UK includes, but is not limited to:
- Essential UK and foreign diplomats
- Defence personnel, visiting forces and government contractors who the Ministry of Defence has confirmed are required to deliver essential defence activities.
- UK/non-UK officials and contractors required to work on essential border security duties.
- Crown servants or Government contractors travelling to the UK for essential government work.
- People who live in the UK but work in another country and travel between the UK and country of work at least once a week, and vice versa.
- Drivers of public service vehicles and other employees of community licence holders for the international carriage of passengers by coach and bus.
- Drivers of goods vehicles and other employees of community licence holders for the international carriage of goods.
- People transiting airside (individuals who arrive in the UK but do not pass border control).
- Civil aviation inspectors engaged on inspection duties.
- Eurotunnel staff operating through the Channel Tunnel, and Eurostar International Limited crew and essential cross-border workers.
- Operational, rail maintenance, security and safety workers working on the Channel Tunnel system.
- Workers engaged in essential or emergency works to the rail network as part of a specialist team with or for Network Rail.
- Seamen, masters, pilots and crew.
- Seasonal agricultural workers who have an offer of employment for seasonal work to carry out specific activities in edible horticulture on a named farm.
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