It was confirmed this weekend that, following a spike of coronavirus cases, Spain has been removed from the list of ‘air bridges’ – the countries which were deemed safe to travel to and from without needing a two-week quarantine. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel, with their official website stating the restrictions are under current review. The FCO says mainland Spain poses ‘an unacceptably high risk for British travellers’ and adds their updated 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).’ What does all of this mean for you as a tourist? Where can you still fly out for a holiday in Spain? Here we look at the rules for different regions and what it means for your travel…
Which regions of Spain require a two-week quarantine? Visit our live blog for the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Though the official advice from the FCO advises against all but essential travel, parts of the country are still exempt from this.
The exemptions include the Canary Islands – which includes Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa – and the Balearic Islands – which includes Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. Holidaymakers were told if they hadn’t returned by midnight on Sunday 26 July, they would face a two-week quarantine upon returning to the UK.
However, you will have to quarantine upon your return to the UK, regardless of where in Spain you have been. The Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands being exempt from the Foreign Offie advisory means that package holidays to these islands are, for now, still valid and will go ahead. Travelling to anywhere else in mainland Spain from now, however, could invalidate your travel insurance policy.
What counts as mainland Spain? Tenerife, Ibiza and Majorca are some of the popular tourist destinations that are currently exempt from the ban on all but essential travel, meaning Brits could still likely fly out – but quarantine on their return. Popular hotspots like Ibiza are, for now, exempt from the Foreign Office’s advice on non-essential travel. However, if you need clarity on just what counts as mainland Spain, the country consists of around 38 main cities.
These are: Aguadulce Aguilas Algeciras Alicante Almeria Almunecar Barcelona Benalmadena Benidorm Calahonda Carboneras Cartagena Conil de la Frontera Estepona Fuengirola Gandia Huelva La Herradura Malaga Manilva Mar Menor Marbella Mojacar Nerja Puerto de Mazarron Roquetas de Mar Rota Salobrena San Jose San Juan de los Terreros Santa Pola Sueca Tarifa Torre del Mar Torremolinos Torrevieja Valencia Vera Playa