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Spain holidays warning: Britons risk having to quarantine on return as COVID cases spike

Spain holidays have been eagerly welcomed back by British tourists. Many people were quick to flock back Spanish shores when travel restrictions were eased. However, now there is a concern that the hordes of holidaymakers have led to a spike in coronavirus cases.

It’s possible the country – or parts of it – will be struck off England’s “safe” destination list, reported The Sun.

This would see Britons being forced to quarantine on their return home – something which so far they have avoided since restrictions were lifted.

The 25 quarantine-free links to other countries are set to be reviewed next week and a decision made.

A new “rolling system” will replace the three-week reviews.

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A Whitehall source told The Sun: “Instead of big reviews every three weeks, we will look for a system where countries come on and off as and when we see spikes or drops in cases.”

The current Foreign Office advice for Spain is as follows: “Travel is subject to entry restrictions

“On arrival, travellers entering Spain from the UK will not be required to self-isolate.

“However, they will be subject to the following three requirements:

– Provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with mandatory contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19 48 hours prior to travel

– Temperature check

– Undergo a visual health assessment.”

The government explains: “From 4 July, Madeira and the Azores are exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.

“This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

“However, the requirement to self-isolate on return to the UK from Portugal, including Madeira and the Azores, remains in place.”



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