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UK News UK travel ban on Spain strikes new blow to tourism industry

16:51  28 july  2020
16:51  28 july  2020 Source:   ap.org

UK adds Spain to quarantine list: What does this mean for holidaymakers?

  UK adds Spain to quarantine list: What does this mean for holidaymakers? People returning to the UK from Spain will have to self-isolate for two weeks.It means those returning from the country will have to self-isolate for two weeks upon their return to the UK.

LONDON - Britain’s effective ban on travel to Spain following an upswing in coronavirus cases in that country’s northeast on Tuesday hammered home The U . K . government’s recommendation against all but essential travel to the whole of Spain means that all travellers arriving in Britain from that country

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s effective ban on travel to Spain following an upswing in coronavirus cases in that country’s northeast on Tuesday hammered Concerns over a “second wave” of coronavirus infections brought on by returning vacationers are wreaking havoc across Europe’s tourism industry .

Tourists visit a viewpoint in Pollença, in the Balearic Island of Mallorca, Spain, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Britain has put Spain back on its unsafe list and announced Saturday that travelers arriving in the U.K. from Spain must now quarantine for 14 days. (AP Photo/Joan Mateu) © Provided by Associated Press Tourists visit a viewpoint in Pollença, in the Balearic Island of Mallorca, Spain, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Britain has put Spain back on its unsafe list and announced Saturday that travelers arriving in the U.K. from Spain must now quarantine for 14 days. (AP Photo/Joan Mateu)

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s effective ban on travel to Spain following an upswing in coronavirus cases in that country’s northeast on Tuesday hammered home the lack of a comprehensive, continent-wide approach to suppressing the virus and giving hard-hit, tourism-reliant economies a chance to rebound.

UK adds Spain to quarantine list: What does this mean for holidaymakers?

  UK adds Spain to quarantine list: What does this mean for holidaymakers? People returning to the UK from Spain will have to self-isolate for two weeks.It means those returning from the country will have to self-isolate for two weeks upon their return to the UK.

on Europe's tourism industry , particularly in Spain , following Britain's effective ban on travel to the country. key tourism industry over how to plan ahead amid authorities’ responses to new COVID-19 Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Ayala tried to strike a conciliatory tone, saying that

Spain 's new Industry Minister Reyes Maroto reacts during her taking over ceremony at the Ministry of Economy in Madrid. Earlier on Monday, Spain 's hard-hit hotels had offered to pay for foreign tourists to take coronavirus tests, in an effort to lure back visitors worried by a fresh wave of cases and put off

The U.K. government’s recommendation against all but essential travel to the whole of Spain means that all travelers arriving in Britain from that country will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine.

The move not only dashed British holidaymakers’ hopes for a getaway this summer, but also fanned renewed uncertainty within Europe’s tourism industry over how to plan ahead amid authorities’ responses to new COVID-19 outbreaks.

Indicative of this were decisions by holiday companies TUI UK and Jet2 to suspend flights to Spain, which is traditionally the most popular summer destination for British vacationers.

“The U.K. government must work closely with the travel industry as this level of uncertainty and confusion is damaging for business and disappointing for those looking forward to a well-deserved break,” TUI UK said in a statement.

Warning of holiday ‘uncertainty’ as fears grow of second Covid wave

  Warning of holiday ‘uncertainty’ as fears grow of second Covid wave France and Germany have warned of possibly introducing new lockdowns, according to reports.The Government has stood by its decision to strike Spain off the UK’s list of safe destinations after it saw a spike in the number of coronavirus cases.

Spain has said outbreaks of new Covid-19 cases are isolated and under control after the UK abruptly ordered people coming from the country to quarantine. London's decision to reintroduce quarantine restrictions on travellers from Spain is a new , devastating blow for the country's tourism industry .

UK - Spain flights could continue, despite travel ban . Spain has announced a travel ban on arrivals from Britain from tomorrow – except those with Following the UK Government’s decision to introduce new restrictions for Tier 4 in England we will be cancelling our flights departing from Luton airport from

Tourists visiting from the UK take a selfie at a viewpoint in Pollença, in the Balearic Island of Mallorca, Spain, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Britain has put Spain back on its unsafe list and announced Saturday that travelers arriving in the U.K. from Spain must now quarantine for 14 days. (AP Photo/Joan Mateu) © Provided by Associated Press Tourists visiting from the UK take a selfie at a viewpoint in Pollença, in the Balearic Island of Mallorca, Spain, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Britain has put Spain back on its unsafe list and announced Saturday that travelers arriving in the U.K. from Spain must now quarantine for 14 days. (AP Photo/Joan Mateu)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday defended the decision, saying it was his government's duty to protect the U.K. from a fresh coronavirus spike.

“Let’s be absolutely clear about what’s happening in Europe, amongst some of our European friends. I’m afraid you are starting to see in some places the signs of a second wave of the pandemic,” Johnson said.

“I’m afraid if we do see signs of a second wave in other countries, it is really our job, our duty, to act swiftly and decisively.”

Johnson that there could be further changes to travel advice down the line affecting all of Europe.

New countries could go on quarantine list at short notice despite 1.8m holidays being thrown into chaos

  New countries could go on quarantine list at short notice despite 1.8m holidays being thrown into chaos The government has warned it "won't hesitate" to add more countries to its quarantine list at short notice - despite anger among Britons who went to Spain unaware they would have to isolate for two weeks upon returning. © PA Passengers arrive at Birmingham Airport on Sunday after the announcement that Spain had been added to the UK's quarantine list Ministers faced questions after Spain was added to the list from midnight on Saturday with just a few hours' warning.

The UK government decision to impose a 14-day quarantine on everyone arriving from Spain was "unjust", the country's prime minister has said. Pedro Sánchez said tourists in most Spanish regions would be safer from coronavirus than in the UK , and he was hoping Britain would rethink its move.

The string of travel bans announced on Sunday was started by Belgium. Even before the British lockdown announcement, Belgium was preparing to tighten rules for international travel next week and possibly to ban UK nationals from entry starting January 1, to reflect a change in the country’s status

The U.K. has the highest official coronavirus death toll in Europe with more than 45,000 deaths. One of the reasons cited for that is that many travelers brought the virus back during the February school break after skiing trips in France, Italy and Spain.

Travelers arrive at a test station to make a COVID-19 test at the airport in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. New test centers for coronavirus are established at German airports due to the pandemic and free corona tests are given for returnees from countries designated as risk areas.  (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) © Provided by Associated Press Travelers arrive at a test station to make a COVID-19 test at the airport in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. New test centers for coronavirus are established at German airports due to the pandemic and free corona tests are given for returnees from countries designated as risk areas. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Professor Keith Neal, an epidemiologist at the University of Nottingham said it makes sense to advise against travel to Spain amid the summer holiday season,

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson talks to the owner of the the Cycle Lounge, Rodney Rouse, a bicycle repair shop Beeston near Nottingham, England, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The government is launching a new cycling intuitive to help get people fitter. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, Pool) © Provided by Associated Press Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson talks to the owner of the the Cycle Lounge, Rodney Rouse, a bicycle repair shop Beeston near Nottingham, England, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The government is launching a new cycling intuitive to help get people fitter. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, Pool)

“Some people have criticized the lack of notice but with cases rising any delay would only increase cases in the U.K,” Neal said.

Ministers told to end ‘confusion’ over summer holiday travel plans

  Ministers told to end ‘confusion’ over summer holiday travel plans Calls come after people told not to travel to Balearic and Canary islands unless it is essential.Holiday firms and the opposition urged the Government to bring more clarity to the situation as travel companies cancelled flights.

But Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called the new recommendation “a mistake,” saying that the upsurge in new COVID-19 cases is only focused in the regions of Catalonia and Aragon and is much less severe than the number of cases reported in the U.K. itself.

Sanchez spoke as figures were released showing that his country wiped out more than a million jobs in the second quarter of this year.

Spain’s official statistics agency INE said on Tuesday that most of the 1.07 million lost jobs were in the service sector, with the worst-hit areas being Catalonia, Andalusia and Madrid.

Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Ayala tried to strike a conciliatory tone, saying that Madrid is trying to get the British government to concentrate on the scientific data since the outbreaks are contained in specific areas within Spain, while coronavirus infection rates on the country’s vacation islands are much lower than the U.K.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, talks to cyclist Robert Cleave at the Canal Side Heritage Centre in Beeston near Nottingham, England, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The government is launching a new cycling intuitive to help get people fitter. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, Pool) © Provided by Associated Press Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, talks to cyclist Robert Cleave at the Canal Side Heritage Centre in Beeston near Nottingham, England, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The government is launching a new cycling intuitive to help get people fitter. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, Pool)

Spain is still in talks with the British government, “trying to find a solution which meets epidemiological criteria,” Ayala told a press conference in Athens during an official visit to Greece Tuesday.

Spain hits out at UK’s ‘error’ over coronavirus travel warning

  Spain hits out at UK’s ‘error’ over coronavirus travel warning The Government’s decision to warn against non-essential travel and impose quarantine restrictions has gone down badly in Madrid.The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has warned against all but essential travel to Spain’s Balearic and Canary Islands, having already issued the same advice for the mainland.

Meanwhile, Madrid's regional government on Tuesday made the use of face masks mandatory in all public areas and limited the number of people that can gather in one place as part of a drive to curb new coronavirus outbreaks.

Regional government head Isabel Díaz Ayuso said that no more than 10 people can be present at private gatherings, while nightlife venues must close their doors at 1 a.m. — early by Spanish standards.

Díaz Ayuso said an information campaign will focus on young people, who are largely blamed for spreading the coronavirus through their social life. She said young people “have it in their hands to reverse the trend.”

Britain’s travel advice comes on the heels of similar decisions by other European governments, including Norway, which ordered a 10-day quarantine for people returning from the entire Iberian peninsula, and France, which urged its citizens not to visit Catalonia.

German authorities didn’t follow the U.K.’s route on Spain but did advise against travel to Catalonia and two other Spanish regions in light of rising coronavirus infections.

A note posted by the foreign ministry on Tuesday advises against “nonessential tourist travel” to Catalonia, its western neighbor, Aragón, and Navarra in northern Spain. It cites a rise in infection figures and “local closures.”

Meanwhile, Germany’s national disease control center appealed to its own citizens to keep to distancing, hygiene and mask-wearing rules and halt an upturn in new coronavirus infections.

Health workers collect samples at a makeshift COVID-19 testing station in Mamming, Germany, Tuesday July 28, 2020. After a local coronavirus outbreak on the cucumber farm premises, state authorities have quarantined the entire farm and its workers. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) © Provided by Associated Press Health workers collect samples at a makeshift COVID-19 testing station in Mamming, Germany, Tuesday July 28, 2020. After a local coronavirus outbreak on the cucumber farm premises, state authorities have quarantined the entire farm and its workers. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Lothar Wieler, the head of the Robert Koch Institute, said developments over the past two weeks are “really very worrying.”

Wieler pointed to studies indicating that people have become less concerned about COVID-19 and less accepting of virus control rules.

Asked whether Germany is seeing the beginning of a second coronavirus wave, Wieler replied: “We don’t know if this is the beginning of a second wave, but of course it could be. It would begin with rising figures … if we all keep to these rules, I am still optimistic that we can prevent this.”

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Hadjicostis reported from Nicosia, Cyprus, and Hatton from Lisbon, Portugal. Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed.

Boris Johnson warns of second wave in virus spat with Spain .
Britain imposed a 14-day quarantine on everyone entering Britain from Spain, following a recent surge of cases in Spain. Norway has imposed similar conditions and French Prime Minister Jean Castex has "strongly recommended" that people avoid going to northeastern Spain, the worst-hit area. Germany has expressed "great concern" at the virus spike. © Photo: AFP / JORGE GUERRERO The coronavirus crisis dealt a major blow to Spain's tourism industry, which normally accounts for 12 percent of GDP.

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