EasyJet flight advice as government puts two week quarantine on Spain holidays

EasyJet issued advice to customers as the government removed its travel corridor with Spain.

Brits are no longer advised to fly to the mainland country unless it is “essential” to do so.

Holiday guidelines differ for the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands, which are still deemed safe enough to visit.

But those coming back to the UK from any of the Spanish destinations must quarantine themselves for two weeks or face fines of £1,000.

This has left many questioning whether or not they want to go away at all.

Thankfully for easyJet customers, you can move bookings or get flight vouchers if you no longer want to jet off.

For those who still plan on heading abroad, you should still be able to do so.

In a statement, an easyJet spokesperson said: “We are disappointed that the Government has decided to impose a quarantine requirement for those travelling from the whole of Spain since the increased occurrence of coronavirus is regional rather than nationwide.

“We plan to operate our full schedule in the coming days.”

On the gov.uk website, the new rules are outlined.

The Foreign Office states: “From 26 July, the FCO advises against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

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

“This advice is based on evidence of increases in cases of COVID-19 in several regions, but particularly in Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia (which include the cities of Zaragoza, Pamplona and Barcelona).”

Returning tourists must also quarantine themselves for two weeks after arriving back in the UK – whether they're travelling from the mainland or nearby islands.

The gov.uk website continues: “The FCO is not advising those already travelling in Spain to leave at this time.

“Travellers should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect themselves and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus.

“If you are returning from Spain (including from the Balearics and Canaries) on or after 26 July you will be required to quarantine on your return to the UK, but the FCO is not advising you to cut short your visit. You should contact your tour operator or airline if you have any questions about your return journey.

“PHE are continuing to monitor the situation in the Balearic and Canary Islands closely.

“Travellers there should continue to check this advice regularly.”

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