Travel advice from ABTA Magazine as tourism restarts.
Spain’s diverse landscape means it has something for everyone – from stretches of beach to bustling cities to the snowy peaks of Sierra Nevada. Its territory includes the popular destinations of the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands, plus the north African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla. Spain’s rich history, vibrant culture and excellent infrastructure help to ensure it remains one of the world’s favourite tourist destinations.
More than 15.6million Britons visited in 2018, making it the UK’s most popular destination. According to research by LoveHolidays, five Spanish island and mainland destinations appear in the top 10 most popular destinations for Brits: Majorca, Tenerife, Costa Brava, Costa Blanca, Lanzarote and Costa del Sol.
As lockdown continues to ease, the government has revealed a list of countries from which inbound tourist and returning travellers do not need to self-isolate (also known as the travel corridors list) – ending its blanket 14-day quarantine policy. However, it is not necessarily the case that Britons can enter the countries on the exemptions list without needing to quarantine, or that flights are even currently available (research suggests as little as a third of the countries can be visited without restrictions). Although firm favourites France and Italy made it on to lists revealed by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for Transport (DfT), the USA and Portugal were notable exceptions.
Travellers coming back from Spain will now have to quarantine for 14 days after the Department for Transport removed it from its travel corridors list on July 25. At the same time, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office changed its position to advise against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain, later updating the advice to include the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands. The move follows an increase in the number of coronavirus cases being reported in the country, although it was hoped that air bridges could be established between the UK and the islands, where there are fewer cases.
Before the FCO updated its advice to include the Spanish islands, Tui cancelled all mainland Spanish holidays until August 9. Customers affected will be able to will be able to receive a full refund or rebook their holiday. Those who still wish to fly to the Canary or Balearic Islands and quarantine on return will be able to do so. Jet2holidays suspended flights and holidays to the mainland until August 16. Both operates have temporarily suspended holidays to the Canary and Balearic Islands.