Posted: Sun 26th Jul 2020

Wales joins rest of UK in imposing 14 day quarantine rules for those travelling back from Spain

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jul 26th, 2020

Anyone returning to Wales from Spain will have to self-isolate for 14 days from today.

The country is no longer on the so-called “travel corridor” list which means those arriving into England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from Spain will now need to self-isolate.

The move follows a significant change over the last week in both the level and pace of change in confirmed coronavirus cases.

People already in Spain including the Canary and Balearic Island can stay for the remainder of their holiday but will have to self-isolate for two weeks upon return.

In a statement published late last night, Wales Health Minister Vaughan Gething said: “Earlier this afternoon I attended a meeting of ministers from all 4 UK countries to consider the public health risk posed by an increasing prevalence of COVID-19 in parts of Spain.

The Ministerial Group agreed today to remove all of Spain, including its islands, from the list of countries exempt from our health measures at the border with implementation to take effect at the beginning of Sunday, 26 July 2020.

I have therefore made an urgent amendment to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (Wales) Regulations 2020, meaning anyone who arrives from Spain (or who has been in Spain during the past 14 days) will be required to quarantine for 14 days as of tomorrow (Sunday).”

 

The Foreign Office (FCO) is advising against all but essential travel to mainland Spain – though that advice does not cover the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands “because travel advice is based on the risk to the individual traveller and COVID-19 infection rates are lower there than mainland Spain.”
 

A UK Government spokesperson said: “The Joint Biosecurity Centre together with Public Health England have updated their coronavirus assessments of Spain based on the latest data.As a result, Spain has been removed from the lists of countries from which passengers arriving in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are exempt from the need to self-isolate.”

On Friday, Spain logged 922 infections, slightly down from 971 the day before, but officials are tracking more than 280 active outbreaks across the country.

Many of the outbreaks have been linked to nightclubs and bars according to reports from Spain

 

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