2020/08/11 08:30:51 Written by Canarian Weekly National

From July 27th the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), advised against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Island, based on increases in cases of Covid-19 in several regions, particularly Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia, which include the cities of Zaragoza and Barcelona.

Initially, the UK reviewed the nations included on the "safe" list every three weeks, but now a rolling review system could see countries removed from the list at any point with very short notice.

According to the junior health minister, Helen Whately, “We have to keep the situation under review and I think that is what the public would expect us to do. If we see rates going up in a country where at the moment there is no need to quarantine, if we see the rates going up, we would have to take action because we cannot take the risk of coronavirus being spread across the UK."

At present there is no "official" date for a review of the quarantine rules, however, it is expected the UK government will stick to the planned three-week review of the exemption list, if no review happens sooner.

This would mean UK quarantine restrictions for people arriving from Spain, should come up for a review no later than August 16th.

What are the current rules?
The most updated FCO advice doesn’t require Brits travelling to Spain to self-quarantine upon arrival.

If returning to the UK you will need to provide details of your journey and contact details BEFORE you travel.

Those rules continue to apply for the time being, both to Brits returning to the country and tourists arriving from abroad.
Anyone entering the country must provide contact details and then self-isolate for 14 days, or face a fine of up to £1,000.

Police are conducting checks to ensure people are quarantining and not leaving their residence for the two-week period.
Magistrates also have the powers to prosecute or to issue unlimited fines for persistent breaches of the new self-isolation rule, or for refusal to pay a fine that has already been issued.