New threat to holidays in Spain following country's spike in Covid-19 cases

Doubts are increasing over the resumption of holidays to Spain after the country recorded 5,000 new coronavirus cases. Travel to Spain was initially permitted by the UK government but a further spike in infections caused the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to change its travel advice in late July. It is now advising against all non-essential travel to Spain, including to the Canary and Balearic islands, reports the LiverpoolEcho.

Tour operators and airlines have already many holidays and flights to the country and passengers returning from Spain now have to self-isolate for two weeks.

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Earlier this week, Spain reported 5,760 new cases of the virus, with 297,000 confirmed infections overall. The country has had over 5,600 deaths. Currently, the region with the most cases is Catalonia with over 76,000.

The FCO advice from July said: "This advice is based on evidence of increases in cases of Covid-19 in several regions, but particularly in Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia (which include the cities of Zaragoza, Pamplona and Barcelona). "A number of local outbreaks of Covid-19 have been identified in Spain since the end of the State of Alarm. You should consult the Ministry of Health map for information on their locations.

"If you are staying in any of the affected areas, follow the advice of the local authorities." The Foreign Office guidelines also explain some of new rules for residents and tourists in Catalonia, which includes the Costa Brava. It said: "One of those outbreaks has affected parts of Catalonia (namely parts of Barcelona metropolitan area, and the areas of La Noguera, El Segria and L'Alt Emporda), where local authorities have asked residents only to leave their accommodation for essential activities.

New quarantine rules for holidaymakers arriving from Spain have come into effect

"Meetings of more than 10 people in public or private are prohibited, and the authorities have ordered the closures of nightclubs, gyms, and restrictions to the capacity and opening hours of bars and restaurants.

"These measures will be in place until further notice. The use of face coverings is mandatory for anyone over the age of six years old on all forms of public transport in Spain and in many other indoor and outdoor public spaces. "Specific rules on the use of face masks may vary from one region to the next, you should refer to local authorities for advice.

You should carry a face mask with you and be prepared to wear it throughout your stay." The region of Andalusia, which includes the Costa del Sol, has also announced that it will be introducing new fines to anyone caught flouting the rules. The fines are up to an amount of around GBP540,000.

Jet2 has axed holidays to mainland Spain until Sunday August 16, and holidays to the Balearic and Canary Islands until August 9.

TUI has cancelled all holidays to mainland Spain and Portugal up to and including Sunday, August 16.

Trips to the Balearic and Canary Islands until Sunday, August 9, but anyone booked between August 10 and 16 can also claim a refund or rebook for another holiday.

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