We are so longing to go on holiday, and with coronavirus cases increasing daily it’s not looking promising for any 2020 trips abroad.
There are a number of European countries on the government’s exemption list, meaning you don’t have to quarantine on return, such as Cyprus, Turkey and Italy.
Sadly, Spain – including the Balearic and Canary Islands – is still on the list of places the government advises against travel to.
If you decide to go anyway and are prepared to self-isolate for two weeks on return, here is everything you need to know before you travel.
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The holiday hotspot is well into a second wave of cases, with the number of infections jumping by nearly 10,800 on Tuesday, September 22, and a week before before its government reported 14,389 new infections in one day.
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is however not advising those already travelling in Spain to cut short their holiday and leave the country.
On arrival in Spain you will also need to provide the Spanish government with contact information and any history of exposure to coronavirus 48 hours prior to travel, and undergo a temperature and heath check.
The popular holiday destination has imposed new, strict rules that may make you think twice about travelling to one of the islands.
You may find yourself suddenly trapped in a 15 day localised lockdown, with the President announcing that the Balearic government will be able to impose special measures in any areas of Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca or Formentera.
These could include limiting people’s movements by telling them to keep off the streets at night and also reducing capacity, reports the Express.
It’s also planned to cut the number of people meeting up together socially to five, whether in public or private, so a family holiday may not work at all.
Things are looking more promising for those wanting to travel to the Canary Islands.
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Tests are being created that can give results in minutes, with the Express reporting “Britons may be able to return to Tenerife for holidays in a matter of weeks, according to local tourism insiders”.
While the UK is still advising against travel to the Canaries, it’s hoped that once this test is on offer an air bridge may be formed.
Hopes are particularly high that Tenerife will be singled out as a safe destination with a high level of coronavirus safety rules in place.