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Spain hit hard by UK government travel advice

Holiday makers have woken up this morning with the news that they will now face a two week quarantine period when returning to the UK.

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The UK government have announced that all but essential travel to Spain is advised, this being the case is that travel insurance could be made invalid and some travel companies will cancel its holidays throwing the travel industry, holiday makers and the  Spanish countries economy into turmoil.

With cases rising significantly in certain regions such as Catalunya and Barcelona with local restrictions being enforced. The fear of a second wave of the coronavirus in Spain is becoming more than real, as it was recorded this last week with its highest daily rises in new coronavirus cases since the beginning of the deescalation process. There were 971 infections detected in the last 24 hours according to the latest figures from the Spanish Health Ministry. Replying to media questions at a government press conference on Thursday, María José Sierra, from the Health Ministry’s Coordination Center for Health Alerts, said: “This may already be a second wave.”

The ongoing effects to the countries economic situation and the impact from the latest UK travel ban continues to be a serious problem for Spain’s businesses who rely on travel and tourism. Travel hotspots in the mainland such as Alicante, Benidrom and Malaga are already on their knees seeing the worst ever year of trading  putting at risk thousands of businesses and jobs.

France on Friday recommended not traveling to Catalonia due to the surge in cases there. “We strongly urge French citizens to avoid traveling to that territory until the health situation there improves,” said Prime Minister Jean Castex on Friday.

And Norway will impose a 10-day quarantine on travelers from Spain starting on Saturday due to the spike in cases, the Norwegian government said on Friday. The Spanish Foreign Ministry has published a list of countries currently applying restrictions on travelers from Spain (updated before Norway made its announcement).

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