You can go to Spain again

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There was anger, ire and confusion over the Scottish government’s decision not to put Spain on its green list of holiday destinations. That means that anyone from Scotland holidaying in Spain had to endure 14 days of quarantine on return to the UK. That included not being able to return to work until the quarantine period had ended.

Time for a trip to Tenerife?
Tenerife – our favourite holiday destination outside the UK.

Needless to say, fights form Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen to any Spanish destination suffered lots of cancellation to the consternation by an already debilitated travel sector.

Scots were warned about driving to Newcastle or Manchester and catching flights from those airports to a Spanish destination with the Scottish government saying they would monitor people who had travelled in this way but quite how was never really made clear. Probably no-one knows or will ever know how many people got around the rules in this way.

Now the Scottish government has reversed that decision. It took until last Monday for the government to decide – after probably hours and hours of deliberation and quizzing countless medical experts both here and in Spain – that all was well and Scots could fly to sunny Spain again.

The fact that in three areas of Spain, the virus was on the increase was probably dismissed as being local and therefore did not really come into an overall consideration that Spain was unsafe for travellers. That France is recommeding its residents not to travel to Catalonia and is considering shutting its border certainly didn’t influence any of the UK governments to remove Spain from the list. This was despite 900 plus cases being reported yesterday, far more than Portugal, for example, a country to which we are advised not to travel.

Scots can travel to the Canaries and enjoy Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote and La Gomera again. They can go to Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca and they can visit the Costas.

But should it have changed its mind?

Spain is currently seeing a spike that is concerning the World Health Organisation which reported that the 14-day cumulative incidence in Spain had doubled in two weeks. There is even talk of a lockdown in Barcelona.

Like England and Wales, the Scottish government has also agreed that its residents can travel  – from Tuesday onwards – to Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia, Slovakia and St Vincent and the Grenadines without having to face a fourteen day quarantine on their return.

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