Government warns of all non-essential travel to Balearic Islands and Canary Islands


The Balearic and Canary Islands have been added to the list of areas where all non-essential travel should be avoided, the government said.Monday night’s move comes after Downing Street warned “no trip is safe”.

A coronavirus quarantine requirement for people arriving in the UK from Spain was reintroduced from midnight on Saturday.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its travel advice for visits to Spain, stating: “The FCO advises against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, based on of the current risk assessment of Covid-19 in the country. ”

An FCO spokesperson said: “We have looked at the general situation of UK nationals traveling to and from the Balearic and Canary Islands, including the impact of the requirement to self-isolate upon return to the UK. Uni, and concluded that we should advise British nationals against all non-essential travel throughout Spain. ”

The announcement came after the prime minister’s official spokesperson said decisions on border measures and travel advice “can be changed quickly if needed to help stop the spread of the disease.”

He continued, “Unfortunately, no travel is safe during this pandemic and disruption is possible. Therefore, anyone traveling abroad should be aware that our travel advice and exemption list are constantly reviewed as we monitor the international situation. “

The move comes after the Spanish government said it was in talks with the UK to exclude the Balearic and Canary Islands from its quarantine measures.

But Health Minister Lord Bethell said: ‘In every country we have no way of controlling transport within the country so it is very difficult and difficult to have an exemption list. regional, and that is why we have not been able to give exemptions to the Balearics. ”


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