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Coronavirus: UK removes Spain from list of safe countries

Coronavirus: UK removes Spain from list of safe countries”

The quarantine measures will apply to those returning from mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, such as Palma and Ibiza.

Britain is advising people not to travel to Spain and has removed the country from the list of safe places to visit following a surge of COVID-19 cases.

On Friday Norway said it will re-impose a 10-day quarantine requirement for people arriving from Spain from Saturday, while France advised people not to travel to the Spanish region of Catalonia.

Starting on Sunday, travelers returning from Spain to England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are required to quarantine for a period of fourteen days, according to the new government regulations.

The move has put tour operators under pressure.

There are four flights departing to and arriving from Spain at Belfast International Airport today.

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Budget airline EasyJet said it was "disappointed" and would operate a full schedule in the coming days.

It has been confirmed Transport Secretary Grant Shapps - whose department announced the rule change - flew to Spain on Saturday morning to start his summer holiday, meaning he will have to quarantine for a fortnight if the travel corridor remains suspended by the end of his trip. If you are returning from Spain after 25 July you will be required to quarantine on your return to the United Kingdom, but the FCO is not advising you to cut short your visit. 'Second wave of Covid-19 there has prompted decision to kick Spain off the safe country list, ' the newspaper's political editor, Tim Shipman, said on Twitter.

The UK move comes as Spain's tourism industry desperately seeks a rebound after the virus and lockdown pushed around 13 percent of bars, hotels and restaurants to permanently close.

Previous year 83.7 million tourists travelled to Spain, of which 18.08 million were British, making them the largest group by nationality, according to Spanish National Statistics Office.

Spain is taking new measures to cut a spike in coronavirus cases, amid fears of a more widespread "second wave".

Spain was one of the worst hit countries in Europe by the pandemic, with more than 290,000 cases, and more than 28,000 deaths. Local authorities have shut down night clubs, and asked Barcelona residents to stay indoors.



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