Spain has the second-highest number of reported coronavirus cases in the world after the US. The popular holiday destination has a total of 217,466 cases at the time of writing. Like many other countries, Spain entered a strict lockdown period in March in response to the coronavirus crisis.
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Many Britons have been left wondering when they will be able to holiday in Spain again.
In what may prove a glimmer of hope to holidaymakers, the FCO has updated their travel advice to Spain.
The country is now starting to relax its lockdown.
“On April 28, the Spanish government announced a four-stage de-escalation plan to gradually ease the current confinement and mobility measures over an estimated period of at least eight weeks,” said the FCO.
The government continued: “As from May 4, Phase 0 of the de-escalation plan will allow for individuals to do exercise outdoors and for members of the same household to take a walk together outside.
“Urban and inter-regional transport services (i.e. coaches and trains) are operating at reduced levels.
“Travel to airports by road or rail to leave Spain is still permitted, but travellers may be asked to provide evidence that they are departing Spain (i.e. plane ticket).”
However, other strict measures do still remain in place.
“Public gatherings are banned, most shops other than those selling food or other essential items such as pharmacies will be closed, many businesses and all schools and universities are closed, and all citizens have been instructed to remain at home except when going about a limited set of activities,” explained the FCO.
So how will the de-escalation measures be rolled out?
“While no specific dates have been attributed to each phase, it is estimated that each one will last for an initial period of two weeks from May 4,” clarified the FCO.
“Moving from one phase to another will be contingent on the control of the COVID-19 outbreak in Spain and different provinces and regions of Spain may progress at different speeds.”
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As for those hoping to holiday in Spain, the FCO explains: “Hotels and other tourist accommodation are expected to re-open (with access restrictions to communal areas) when Phase 1 of the plan is activated.”
Britons can consult the specific measures included in each phase of the national plan online and can refer to local authorities for guidance on the specific measures.
The FCO points out: “Social distancing measures and other safety precautions should be considered at all times. Spanish authorities ‘highly recommend’ the use of face for all activities outside the home.
“Face masks on all public transport is obligatory.”
Britons are still not permitted to travel abroad, however,
The current COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice is as follows: “As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.
“Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available.
“Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.”
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