FCO ADDS CANARIES AND BALEARICS TO NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL LIST

2020/07/27 19:35:41 Written by Canarian Weekly National

From today, Monday 27th July, the FCO have updated their travel advice for all non-essential travel to Spain, to include the Balearic and Canary Islands, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks in the country.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We have considered the overall situation for British nationals travelling to and from the Balearic and Canary Islands, including the impact of the requirement to self-isolate on return to the UK, and concluded that we should advise British nationals against all non-essential travel to the whole of Spain."

Speaking earlier, Boris Johnson's official spokesman warned: "no travel is risk-free during this pandemic".

In regards to the Canary Islands the government is standing firm on their decision, saying that although the incident rate in the Canaries may be lower, the rate of new cases in the islands is higher than the UK, so their decision is justified to keep the Canaries in the quarantine ruling.

The FCO is not advising those already travelling in Spain to leave at this time. Travellers should stay where they are and follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect themselves and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus, ie social distancing and use of masks.

If you are returning from Spain you will be required to self-isolate on your return to the UK, but the FCO is not advising you to cut short your visit. You should contact your tour operator or airline if you have any questions about your return journey.

At this moment in time TUI have suspended flights and holidays to mainland Spain until 9th August, and now Jet2 have done the same until 16th August, but airlines EasyJet and Ryanair said they would continue to operate full schedules of flights to Spain.