A number of European nations have rushed to discourage travel to parts or all of Spain or are requiring tourists to quarantine and take PCR tests when they return, as the Iberian nation’s recent spike in Covid infections has left governments worrying about whether holidaymakers will bring the virus home with them.
The UK government abruptly decided on Saturday July 25th to impose a blanket 14-day quarantine for British tourists returning from their holidays in Spain. The measure applies to tourists flying back to England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
They are also now discouraging travel to all of Spain, even areas with a lower cumulative infection rate than the UK.
Germany’s foreign ministry updated its travel advisory on Tuesday, recommending against travel to three regions in northern Spain grappling with renewed outbreaks.
“Non-essential tourist travel to the autonomous communities of Aragon, Catalonia and Navarra are currently discouraged due to renewed high levels of infections and local lockdowns,” a statement said.
On Friday July 24th, the French government asked its citizens not to cross over into Spain to visit Catalonia “until the situation improved in the territory”.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex has not ruled out closing the border either.
Ireland has lifted its 14-day quarantine requirement for tourists returning from Italy and Greece but for those heading back from Spain the self-isolation measure remains in place.
The Norwegian government on Friday July 24th renewed its ten-day quarantine requirement for its nationals who visit Spain.
On Tuesday July 28th the Dutch Foreign Affairs Ministry updated its travel advice to “urgently” discourage its citizens from visiting Barcelona and its surrounding area “for tourism”.
Austrian tourists returning from their holidays in Spain have to provide a negative result for a coronavirus test three days before returning to Austria.
Belgian authorities have banned their citizens from travelling to Huesca in Aragón and Lleida in Catalonia.
Those who do will have to undergo 14 days of self-isolation and a PCR test when they return.
They have also asked their citizens to take extra precautions if visiting other parts of Aragón and Catalonia as well as other regions in Spain (Basque Country, Navarre, La Rioja and Extremadura).
Finland has kept its borders closed to people travelling from Spain since the start of the pandemic and continues to discourage its citizens from non-essential travel.
Polish authorities are also discouraging travel to Catalonia given the “rapid increase of Covid-19 cases in the region including in the cities of Barcelona and Lleida”