The Spanish government spoke on Sunday against the decision of the United Kingdom to adjust the travel advice to the southern European country. According to the government, Spain is safe for tourists and there is no need for mandatory quarantine upon return.
"Spain is safe, it is safe for Spaniards, it is safe for tourists," said Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya.
The UK announced Saturday evening that it would remove Spain from a list of safe countries. The change took effect just hours later, leaving travelers with no time to adjust their plans.
Travelers are now advised to go to Spain only for necessary trips. They must also be quarantined for two weeks when they return to the United Kingdom.
According to British Secretary of State Dominic Raab, the change is a quick decision in response to an increase in corona infections in Spain. "We can't make excuses, we need to be able to take decisive action quickly," he says.
TUI cancels holidays to Spain
The British branch of travel agency TUI announced on Sunday, following the change in travel advice, to cancel all holidays to mainland Spain until at least August 9.
Flights to the Balearic and Canary Islands are continuing for the time being and the Government of Madrid is trying to persuade the United Kingdom to make an exception for the islands in terms of the quarantine measure.
Number of infections in Spain is increasing again
The number of corona infections in Spain has increased again in recent weeks. The number of infections tripled in three weeks. Many regions have taken measures for this reason. For example, almost everywhere in public spaces people have to wear a mask. People in several regions, including Barcelona, are also asked to stay at home.
Most infections, however, come from the area of Catalonia, in northwestern Spain. Despite this, the quarantine measure applies to all of Spain, which has brought much criticism to the United Kingdom.
The Spanish tourism sector is largely dependent on tourists from the United Kingdom. Last year, one in five foreign tourists in Spain was a Briton.