Spain announce travel ban for UK flights amid coronavirus strain
Gran Canaria is one of Spain’s Canary Islands, which are beloved by British tourists looking to catch some winter rays. However, those hoping for a Christmas getaway to Gran Canaria have now seen their holiday dreams dashed, as a myriad of restrictions have come into place.
Recently the Prime Minister announced Tier 4 lockdown measures for parts of the UK, such as London, Kent and Essex.
In these areas, people have been told to stay at home and to avoid all non-essential travel.
The Government Tier 4 guidance states: “If you live in a Tier 4 area, you can only travel internationally – or within the UK – where you first have a legally permitted reason to leave home.
“In addition, you should consider the public health advice in the country you are visiting.
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“If you live outside a Tier 4 area you may still transit into or through a Tier 4 area to travel abroad if you need to, but you should carefully consider whether you need to do so.
“If you do need to travel overseas from a Tier 4 area (and are legally permitted to do so, for example, because it is for work), even if you are returning to a place you’ve visited before, you should look at the rules in place at your destination and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice.”
At a recent Downing Street briefing, Boris Johnson urged people in all tiers to “stay local”, and “carefully consider” if they need to go abroad.
People have been advised to follow the travel restrictions for their tier and region.
Can you still fly to Gran Canaria?
The Spanish authorities have now announced passenger travel will be restricted on inbound flights from the UK to Spain.
The restrictions are in reaction to the new strain of coronavirus identified in the UK, which is thought to be 70 percent more infectious than other strains of the virus.
The new rules for travel to Spain have come into place from Tuesday, December 22, but they do not apply to Spanish nationals and legal residents.
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The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice for Spain states: “This includes flights from the UK to the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands.
“If you were due to travel to Spain please contact your travel operator before departure.”
Additionally, people arriving in the UK from Spain will be subject to self-isolation rules.
The FCDO add: “If you are returning to the UK from the Canary Islands on or after 4am on December 12, you will need to self-isolate on your return.
“You must still self-isolate if returning to the UK from any other part of Spain.
“Some exemptions apply. Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.”
On December 21, holiday company TUI issued an update on bookings for Canary Islands holidays.
TUI state on their website: “Following the Spanish Government’s decision to close its borders to tourists from the UK from Tuesday, December 22, our holidays to the Canary Islands on 22 and 23 December will not operate.
“Customers should not go to the airport.
“Impacted customers will be contacted and offered the option to amend with a booking incentive or cancel their booking and receive a full cash refund.
“We would like to thank our customers for their understanding.”
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