Coronavirus: Your rights if you travel to Spain or are already there | UK News


British tourists visiting Spain will now have to self-isolate for two weeks upon their return to the UK, raising questions about reimbursements and sick pay.

The quarantine measure, introduced on Saturday with four hours’ notice, includes anyone from the UK’s four countries returning from the continent. Spain and the country’s Canary and Balearic Islands.

Sky News takes a look at what travelers should do if they’re going to Spain or if they’re already in Spain, and whether you’ll be covered by statutory sick pay while in quarantine.

The FCO advises against all non-essential travel to the mainland, but not to the Canary and Balearic Islands

What should you do if you have booked a holiday in Spain?

The Foreign Office (FCO) advises against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain, but not to the islands – although the quarantine applies from anywhere in the country.

Abta, the Association of Travel Professionals in the United Kingdom, has advised customers who are imminent to visit the country to contact their travel provider and those with future bookings to continue to check the websites of the UK. travel agencies or airlines.

Brits traveling to mainland Spain should be able to get a refund or a credit note from their travel agent, as most insurers will not provide coverage if you go.

Those going to the islands will most likely have to pay a normal cancellation fee, as the FCO does not advise against going there, and vacationers should check their travel insurance to see if they can make a claim, said Abta.

Package holidays to the islands may be refunded, depending on the operator, or you can transfer the vacation to someone else.

Barcelona, ​​in the Spanish Catalan region, has seen a spike in cases
Barcelona, ​​in the Spanish Catalan region, has seen a spike in cases

Vacation operator TUI has canceled all planned vacations in mainland Spain until August 9 inclusive, but anyone heading to the Balearics and Canaries can still travel as planned from Monday.

All TUI customers who need to travel to all parts of Spain until then are able to cancel or change their vacation and will receive a full refund or the option to book again.

Do airlines still serve Spain?

British Airways still operates flights and therefore will not offer a refund if you cancel due to quarantine, but will offer vouchers for future travel.

EasyJet will continue to run full schedules and customers who no longer wish to travel can transfer their flights free of charge or receive a voucher.


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WizzAir continues to operate flights “for now” but may reschedule them and if they cancel flights, passengers can book for free with 120% of the fare in credit or get a full refund.

Jet2 flights are also continuing normally, with the company saying it only flies to destinations in the Canaries and Balearic Islands – not covered by FCO travel advice – so the usual terms and conditions apply.

Ryanair will continue to fly between Spain and the UK and will not reduce the number of flights.

Costa del Sol, Espagne
People who plan to travel to the Costa del Sol on the mainland should be able to get a refund

What if you are already on vacation in Spain?

A spokeswoman for Abta said the FCO has advised people already in Spain to continue their vacations as planned, so if vacationers decide to return early, they are not entitled to a refund.

For those on TUI vacation, Managing Director Andrew Flintham said Britons already in Spain would be able to re-enter their scheduled return flight but will need to self-quarantine.

BA, easyJet, WizzAir, and Jet2 do not plan to cancel flights, but passengers should keep an eye on their websites for changes as fewer flights may be underway.

Most airlines continue to fly to and from Spain
Most airlines continue to fly to and from Spain

Will you be eligible for government coronavirus sickness pay during your two weeks in self-isolation?

No. The law says those who self-isolate because they have returned to the UK from a country not exempt from quarantine are not eligible.

This contrasts with people in the UK who have to self-isolate after detecting symptoms in the UK, who are eligible for statutory sickness benefit.

Speaking to Sky News, Health Minister Helen Whately urged people to work from home when they return from Spain and called on employers to “support them”.

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