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UK quarantine: A message from the British Embassy in Spain 

People returning to the UK from Spain (including islands) from midnight on July 25th will need to self-isolate for two weeks, with the country removed from the travel corridors list.

Following a significant change over the last week in both
the level and pace of change in confirmed cases, Spain has been removed from
the list of countries where people do not have to self-isolate when arriving
into to the UK.

People currently on holiday in Spain are encouraged to
follow the local rules, return home as normal and check the FCO’s travel advice
pages on GOV.UKfor further information.

FCO is advising against all but essential travel to mainland
Spain – this 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.

People will still need to self-isolate when returning from
anywhere in Spain as well as the Canary and Balearic Islands because
self-isolation arrangements are put in place on the basis of risk to the UK as
a whole.

A 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 exempted from the need to

“Protecting public health is our absolute priority and
we have taken this decision to limit any potential spread to the UK.”

“We’ve always been clear that we would act immediately
to remove a country where necessary. Both our list of quarantine exemptions and
the FCO travel advice are being updated to reflect these latest risk

“Changes to the exemption for people returning from
Spain will take effect from midnight on July 26th, meaning anyone returning
from midnight tonight will have to self-isolate.”

“The government has made consistently clear it will
take decisive action if necessary to contain the virus, including if the public
health risk of people returning from a particular country and not
self-isolating becomes too high.”

“The devolved administrations have all taken the same
decision so travellers arriving from Spain into all parts of the UK will need
to self-isolate.”

“The government is urging employers to be understanding
of those returning from Spain who now will need to self-isolate.”