Spain’s tourism industry is in shock because the British government has decided on a two-week quarantine for returnees from the Mediterranean country. Now Madrid is campaigning for exceptions.
Spain and Great Britain are negotiating an exemption for travelers from the Balearic and Canary Islands. The archipelago should be exempted from a 14-day coronavirus quarantine that London had imposed on travelers to Spain, as Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said. The islands are "heavily controlled territories" and the coronavirus situation is no worse there than in the UK.
The Balearic Islands, which include Mallorca and Ibiza, and the Canary Islands such as Tenerife and Fuerteventura are heavily dependent on tourism. Many British people also visit the islands. While new coronavirus outbreaks have occurred in northeast Catalonia and the province of Aragón, a similar development has not yet been registered on the island groups.
Norway also decides to quarantine
Tui UK, the UK’s largest travel company, announced that it will cancel all flights scheduled to depart from mainland Spain. Flights and package tours to the Balearic Islands and Canaries should, however, continue to be offered.
Norway had already ordered a ten-day quarantine for returnees from Spain on Friday. France, in turn, had asked its citizens not to travel to Catalonia. Spain is one of the countries hardest hit by the disease in Europe.
The British do not rule out quarantine for holidaymakers in Germany
The British government announced that it would continuously review the situation and possibly also issue quarantine regulations for returnees from other countries if the corona situation there worsens. When asked whether Germany or France could fall under the isolation regime next, Health Secretary Helen Whately said: "If we see the numbers go up in a country where there is currently no need for quarantine, we would have to take action because we must not risk the coronavirus spreading again in the UK. "