Photograph: Travel Off Path
02 August 2020
People coming back to the UK from Spain, including those currently on holiday, will need to self isolate for two weeks after the UK removed Spain from its travel corridor list.
The list includes more than 70 countries and territories that people may travel from to the UK without having to self-isolate. Anyone arriving from a nation that isn’t on the list is required to seclude themselves from others for 14 days upon return.
Spain’s removal follows a sharp rise in the number of recorded cases which saw the highest daily increase of new infections since the country’s lockdown ended. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has also advised against non-essential travel to the nation.
Holidaymakers currently in the country are beings advised to follow the local rules and adhere to FCO’s travel advice – available online at gov.uk.
The change received criticism from holiday goers in Spain who fear their employers may not have the flexibility to allow them the necessary time to quarantine.
Shadow home secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds – who’s against the decision – said, “This latest decision-making process regarding Spain and the short-notice for travellers has created a sense of panic and loss of control.”
The government, however, has defended its actions, with a spokesperson saying “We’ve always been clear that we would act immediately to remove a country where necessary. Both our list of quarantine exemptions and the FCO travel advice is updated to reflect these latest risk assessments.”
Prime minister Boris Johnson supported the decision and warned of a potential second wave of coronavirus infections in Europe. He advised that people must ultimately decide for themselves whether or not they travel and where they go.