Published on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Further blow for holidays as Spain announces 14-day tourist quarantine

Spain will require international visitors to quarantine for 14 days from Friday, according to a new Health Ministry order

The order will remain at least until May 24 and might be extended further into the summer.

At the moment, most international visitors - including UK tourists - are banned from entering Spain, but the tourism industry had hoped restrictions would be lifted in time for the peak holiday period. 

However, if Spain were to force UK tourists to quarantine for 14 days once the ban on entry is llifted, they wouldn't be allowed to leave their hotels or holiday apartments except to buy essentials such as food and medicines. 

They could also be subject to a further 14-day quarantine when returning to the UK, meaning they would have to spend a month in isolation.

An official announcement on international travel is expected from the European Union tomorrow.

However, an order published by the Spanish government this morning in the Official State Gazette (BOE) said 'travellers who come to Spain from abroad must quarantine themselves for 14 days following their arrival'.

Spain is also expected to require all visitors to wear masks and airlines will have to provide passengers with a public health form, which they will have to carry on them while in Spain.


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