Wednesday, 18 March 2020

British tourists in Spain advised to get home before Tuesday

The Spanish Government is ordering all hotels to close from Tuesday 24th March, as a result, all British tourists have been advised to return to the UK as soon as possible.

The Foreign Office said "The Spanish government has now ordered that hotels and short-stay accommodation (such as short-stay campsites or caravan parks) must close by Tuesday 24 March. British travellers who are currently in Spain and who wish to return to the UK are advised to make travel plans to do so as soon as possible."

"We, therefore, advise British travellers in Spain to contact their tour operator or airline as soon as possible, to arrange their return journey home before this date."

The measures set to be introduced do not apply to long term accommodation, such as long-stay campsites, providing those staying there can cater for themselves, in their own spaces - not reliant on communal facilities, such as shower blocks, which will be forced to close.

The Spanish land borders are also closed for entry,  however, British nationals can still drive through France to return to the UK, but require a special declaration form to do so.  The land border will remain closed for entry until the end of of the current State of Emergency.  

Arancha Gonzalez Laya, The Spanish Foreign Minister, confirmed her government would help foreigners get home safely. 
The FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.

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