Spain holidays: Foreign Office warns Britons of hotel quarantine risk as Covid surges

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In recent weeks, British tourists in Spain, the Balearic and Canary Islands have spoken out about their hotel quarantine experiences having tested positive for COVID-19 while on holiday. In Spain, cases are rising which has sparked a number of new, tightened restrictions.

As part of its battle against the virus, Spanish authorities are placing any tourist who catches coronavirus while on holiday in Government-mandated self-isolation.

In some cases, this can mean a quarantine hotel.

In line with this, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has updated its travel advice page, warning Britons that the cost of these hotel stays will not be footed by the British Government.

The FCDO explains that, should Britons develop Covid symptoms, they should have them assessed or be tested as soon as possible.

“If you think you have symptoms, including a fever or respiratory difficulties such as shortness of breath or a cough, you should stay in your accommodation and call your regional hotline. Most of the regional hotlines listed have English speaking staff,” explains the FCDO.

“If you are staying in a hotel or resort, your accommodation provider may have a list of private doctors that they can call to assess your symptoms and conduct a COVID-19 test.”

It continues: “If you are tested and the result is positive, you must self-isolate in your accommodation and call your regional hotline or one of the alternative helpline numbers as set out above.

“You must remain in your accommodation until contacted by local Spanish authorities. Contact times may vary across regions and can take up to 48-72 hours.

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“You may be able to remain in your existing accommodation or be required to transfer into a state hospital or other government-provided accommodation. You may be required to fund accommodation whilst you wait to be transferred.

“The nature of your accommodation may differ from the specifications of your pre-booked hotel, villa or other places of stay.”

Indeed, in recent weeks one Scottish holidaymaker described the food in her Ibiza quarantine hotel as “appalling”.

Another English tourist quarantining in Majorca described her long wait for water.

“I ran out of water on Monday and it was our third day,” the holidaymaker told ITV’s Lorraine.

“I was so stressed and had a headache, not a Covid headache, just completely stressed.”

The FCDO also warns Britons to ensure they have access to enough funds to cover the cost of their hotel quarantine stay.

“The UK government will not cover mandatory quarantine costs for British nationals,” it states.

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“EHIC or GHIC cards, therefore, cannot be used to cover the cost of staying in a quarantine hotel.

“Make sure you have access to funds to cover the costs or take out insurance, checking the policy has adequate cover.

“If you have or are entitled to an EHIC or GHIC and you need state healthcare treatment while staying at a quarantine hotel, the UK government will fund treatment as usual through the EHIC/GHIC scheme.

“Remember that an EHIC or GHIC does not cover private treatment.

“You will be responsible for the cost of any treatment provided by a private doctor or hospital.”

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