Avoid mainland Spain?

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Hardly has the ink dried – metaphorically speaking – on yesterday’s story about the new countries being added to the UK’s green list and the Scots being allowed to travel to Spain again then there was a complete turnaround.

Alicante – now the advice is don’t travel to mainland Spain

With only about six hours’ notice the British government has advised against all travel to mainland Spain. So you can still travel to the Balearics and the Canaries and that means Ibiza, Menorca, Mallorca, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and La Gomera are open and there will be flights.

BUT, and here’s the big but, whether you travel to mainland Spain or any of its islands you will have to self-isolate for fourteen days upon your return.

The advice is given by all four governments, that in Westminster, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

There are a number of conclusions that travellers and holidaymakers should now consider and not just those that might be planning on a Spanish holiday.

For those looking at mainland Spain or the islands mentioned above, the consideration will be whether they can afford to go into quarantine given many will have jobs.

If you still plan to visit Spain will your travel insurance be valid? If you had bought your insurance before the announcement it might be but you will need to check.

For those planning on holidaying elsewhere abroad the government’s announcement is that if there is an increase in cases in a particular destination will the government impose quarantine and alter its advice at such short notice again? The answer must be yes.

That makes selecting a destination in which to holiday difficult. How many people will ask themselves whether this is too much hassle and stay at home?

For those who have booked there will be concern about whether they could cancel, postpone or switch their holiday destinations. That will be up to the travel agent or tour operator and you should seek advice from them.

Finally, the Scots government must answer at least one question. Why did it alter its advice and agree to let its residents travel to Spain last Monday only to change its mind yesterday – six days later – when numbers were already increasing in Spain last Monday?

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