World Austria warns against travel to Spain except Balearic, Canary islands
'Parts of Spain safer than UK', PM Sanchez says
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has hit back at Britain's move to quarantine all travellers returning home from Spain, saying parts of the country are safer than the UK. The Spanish leader defended the Balearic and Canary islands, Andalucia and the Valencia region -- favourite summer holiday destinations for Britons -- saying they had "a cumulative incidence of the virus that is lower than that currently in the United Kingdom". "That is toThe Spanish leader defended the Balearic and Canary islands, Andalucia and the Valencia region -- favourite summer holiday destinations for Britons -- saying they had "a cumulative incidence of the virus that is lower than that currently in the United Kingdom".
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's foreign ministry on Thursday warned against trips to Spain except for the Balearic and Canary Islands, as concerns grow that holidaymakers could catch the coronavirus and spread it once they return.
The measure will take effect from Monday, and people returning to Austria will be required to present a negative test for COVID-19, the ministry said.
Spain slams British, German travel advisories as discriminatory
Spain slams British, German travel advisories as discriminatoryMADRID (Reuters) - Spain reacted with outrage on Tuesday to recommendations from Britain and Germany that their citizens avoid its islands and beaches because of an increase in coronavirus cases during what should be the height of the tourism season.
Austria's measures are the latest blow to Spain's tourism-dependent economy after Britain, Germany and Switzerland recently warned their citizens against summer holidays on Spanish beaches or at least in certain regions of the country.
The spread of the disease in Spain slowed after the government imposed one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe. However, new cases have started rising again and hit a post-lockdown record of 1,772 new cases on Wednesday.
Austria has weathered the coronavirus crisis quite well so far but also saw infections increase with the summer holiday season.
The state of 8.9 million has reported 21,689 COVID-19 cases and 719 deaths as of Thursday. It counted 148 new cases on Wednesday, the highest increase since July 30.
Austria already imposed tight testing requirements for arrivals from the Balkans after it saw an increase in infections among people returning from the region.
It has travel warnings for Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia in place, as well as for European Union member states Bulgaria and Romania.
(Reporting by Kirsti Knolle; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Lisa Shumaker)
German travel warning new blow for Spain .
© Óscar Cañas / EUROPA PRESS / dpa Travelers stand at the check-in counters in Terminal T1 of Madrid Airport. After the Foreign Office issued a travel warning for the Spanish capital Madrid and the Basque Country, concerns about holiday fun on Mallorca are growing. The Germans' favorite vacation island has not yet been affected by a travel warning from Berlin.