Spanish travel rules change again

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When, on Saturday the government announced that it was advising against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain it left the option open for us to travel to the Balearic and Canary islands.

Lanzarote was one of the Canaries that was hoping to see Britons this summer

But it confused matters by saying that it would be necessary for all travellers from mainland Spain and the islands to quarantine for 14 days on entry in to the UK.

Throughout Sunday and Monday the Spanish government and the regional government in the Canaries and the Balearics tried to persuade the British government to amend its advice so people could travel to the islands without having to go into quarantine of their return.

I don’t know how much the British government listed but it certainly ended some of the confusion on Monday afternoon by widening the advice to include not travelling to the Canaries and the Balearics. But the British Ambassador to Spain is reported in the Spanish press as saying that the Spanish and British governments are still talking and that epidemiological evidence will decide whether to lift the announced rules.

Prior to hearing the news I thought that a good case could be made for omitting the islands from quarantining when people returned home. My reasoning was that the levels of coronavirus were low and that, as islands, they would be less likely to see a spread given their insulation from the mainland.

The government thought differently and has now stamped its foot hard on any likelihood of travelling to any part of Spain.

Once criticised for taking too long to make decisions, the government has illustrated in almost consecutive days that it can move quickly – very quickly – when it wants to.

The online edition of the Sun yesterday claimed that the rules on quarantining from the Balearics and the Canaries would be lifted.

How wrong they were!

Earlier in the day,  CEHAT, (the Spanish Confederation of Hotels and Tourist Accommodations) had offered to pay for Britons to have coronavirus tests in the hope this would sway the British government into dropping the fourteen day quarantine rule

The idea floundered.

Instead now all travellers from Spain must self-quarantine.

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