Flights to Spain have resumed with the reopening of 5 main airports together with Tenerife, Ibiza and Menorca.
They’re being allowed to reopen to worldwide site visitors from right this moment though strict guidelines stay in place concerning who can fly and it will not be the “common” British vacationer but.
Brits and non-EU travellers might be denied entry into Spain till June 15 after the federal government prolonged the ban.
The FCO nonetheless advises in opposition to all however important journey.
The Spanish authorities confirmed that it has expanded its record introduced Thursday which initially featured simply 5 of the nation’s airports and eight ports.
They have been El Prat in Barcelona, Gran Canaria within the Canaries, Barajas in Madrid, Málaga-Costa del Sol and Palma de Mallorca within the Balearics, along with the ports of Barcelona, Bilbao, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Malaga, Palma, Tenerife, Valencia and Vigo. All these have opened right this moment.
However island leaders in Tenerife instantly lodged an official protest, saying it had clearly been a “mistake” to depart Tenerife south airport off the record.
This has now been added, plus Alicante, Seville, Menorca and Ibiza. The Spanish authorities says the identical will occur with different airports in Spain “little by little”.
It does not give Brits carte blanche to journey as anybody catching a global flight into these locations should be capable of show their entitlement to take action and wold nonetheless have to enter 14-day quarantine while this rule is in power.
The airports and ports have been chosen as they’ve the capability to take care of passengers and all of the well being and security laws, similar to temperature taking. It additionally augurs effectively for the long run as soon as the coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
Tenerife’s president, Pedro Martín stated he had the dedication of the Authorities of the Canary Islands to implement all of the measures required at Tenerife Sur airport.
“It’s a managed course of within the de-escalation plan that the Authorities desires to begin establishing to launch at sure airports within the nation underneath rigorous safety controls,” he stated.
Tenerife has had a low incidence of coronavirus with 151 deaths, a determine which has remained static for the final 4 days.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says he might be asking on Wednesday for a fourth extension of the State of Emergency imposed on March 14th for one more month which he anticipates would be the final.
He hopes to achieve the beginning of the “new normality” at first of the summer season, elevating hopes that worldwide vacationers may be capable of get pleasure from holidays a while thereafter.
Mr. Sanchez says tourism was one of the essential financial sectors in Spain and which accounts for 12% of the gross home product. It was, nevertheless, needed to beat the epidemic to “be capable of relaunch” tourism.
“Individuals will go to us if they’re positive that they’re touring to secure, managed locations,” he stated.
He additionally defended the controversial measure of quarantining all travellers who arrive in Spain. “If we rush, we might put in danger the worldwide credit score that has taken us a long time to acquire,” he warned.
At this stage, Brits are being suggested NOT to try to journey except they’re authorized residents of Spain and might show it with the proper paperwork which should be authentic and never photocopies.
There are reviews of individuals being turned again on arrival as a result of they haven’t met the strict standards.
Frontier employees or those that can show they should enter Spain for important causes might be allowed in.
“Solely inexperienced residency certificates might be accepted as proof of residency in Spain and British travellers who are usually not resident and/or not in possession of this certificates shouldn’t try and enter the nation,” stated a spokesman for the UK’s Overseas and Commonweath workplace.
“Padron certificates, utility payments and property deeds won’t be accepted by Spanish authorities as proof of residency.”
The 14 days of quarantine, in houses or lodges if relevant, will imply travellers coming into Spain must self isolate with solely journeys for purchasing and necessities allowed.
This order is more likely to keep in power through the length of the State of Emergency,