Following developments over the weekend and the increase in cases of Coronavirus in Spain, the UK Government has, as of midnight on Sunday 26th July, re-introduced 14-day self-isolation requirements to all travellers returning to the UK (including the Balearics and Canary Islands).
The Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) has also advised against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain.
This advice is based on evidence of increased cases of COVID-19 in several regions, but particularly in Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia (which include the cities of Zaragoza, Pamplona and Barcelona).
The FCO is currently not advising those already in Spain to leave at this time, however travellers should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect themselves and others, including any measures to help control the virus.
If you are currently in Spain or returned home yesterday, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days when you arrive back to the UK. Please contact your line manager on your return to discuss this.
For any future travel, colleagues will need to continue to follow the FCO for travel restrictions and Government guidelines where self-isolation is required, for both arrival to your destination or on your return to the UK. These can change at any time and we ask all colleagues to be mindful of this before making travel arrangements.
If you plan to travel, we advise you to:
- Read the coronavirus travel guidance to make sure you are prepared for your travel
- Read the travel advice for your destination, for information on current entry requirements and any local coronavirus measures that you will need to follow
The global pandemic is ongoing. On Friday, worldwide coronavirus cases saw their biggest single day increase to date, with a rise of more than 284,000 in just 24 hours. No travel is risk-free, and disruption is still possible.
If you have any questions regarding travel, please speak to your line manager or local HR team.