Spain could hear review of UK government’s travel advice within ten days
British holidaymakers wanting to head for Spain could see some major change of advice in ten days, according to the country’s tourism minister.Reyes Marato said she had been told a review would take place within ten days rather than the “norm” of 15 days usually expected for Europe.
She said Spain had already presented proposals for safe air corridors to try and save at least some of the summer season.Interviewed on Spanish radio station, Onda Cero about the UK’s 14-day quarantine decision and advice not to travel to Spain unless essential, she said: “They have given us a period of ten days for the review.”She described the UK government’s stance as a “temporary measure” and hoped it would be lifted after presenting the safe tourist corridors.
Spanish newspaper are reporting that Reyes Marato was talking about the lifting of the 14-day quarantine period but it was was not made clear in the interview whether she was specfically referring to this or to the UK government’s “don’t travel” advice. However, all the Spanish newspapers are carrying headlines saying she expected news on the quarantine rule in ten days. The Minister said the Spanish Executive still wanted the United Kingdom to “advance that decision”, since the epidemiological data of holiday areas where the British usually travel are “at low risk” and even “better” than the United Kingdom as is the case of the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, the Valencian Community and Andalusia.
Reyes Maroto has criticised the British Government’s criteria for imposing quarantine on Spanish travellers based on the cumulative incidence throughout Spain and not by areas or according to the incidence in the national health system. And she says more than 70 per cent of the cases are in three autonomous communities only.
“There are very important tourist areas in our country, such as the islands, Andalusia, the north or the Valencian community with very low infection rates,” she insisted.The minister acknowledged that the Spanish Government is “worried” but it was hoped to still have some sort of tourist season and to position Spain as a “safe destination”.