14 day quarantine for Brits returning from Spain set to be imposed

The government has confirmed British tourists in Spain will have to quarantine for two weeks when they return.

A spike of coronavirus cases in the country has prompted the decision to remove Spain from the government's safe country list.

Now, if you arrive in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland from Spain on or after July 26 2020, you will need to self-isolate.

Brits currently holidaying in Spain will have to quarantine for 14 days upon their return – unless they're back by midnight tonight.

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On the government's website, it states the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain based on the current assessment of coronavirus risks.

Only the Canary Islands, which includes Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa, as well as the Balearic Islands, which includes Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera, are exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.

The updated advice is based on evidence of increases in cases of the deadly virus in several regions, but particularly in Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia, which includes the cities of Zaragoza, Pamplona and Barcelona.

Spain has warned a second wave of coronavirus could be imminent, with cities including Madrid and Barcelona reporting a surge in cases.

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Elsewhere in Spain, Catalonia has become the latest region to crack down on nightlife in a further bid to halt new infection clusters.

The wealthy north-east region – home to Barcelona – ordered all nightclubs to close for 15 days and put a midnight curfew on bars in the greater Barcelona area and other towns around Lleida that have become contagion hot zones.

Spain has reported more than 900 new daily infections for the last two days as authorities warn that the country that lost 28,000 lives before getting its outbreak under control could be facing the start of a second major outbreak.

The Spanish health ministry reported more than 900 new cases of the virus on Friday.

Despite the concerns, some European countries continued to gradually reopen.