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Spain holiday warning: Canary Islands bans Britons as tourists return to Balearics

Holidaymakers could be allowed to holiday to the Canary Islands in just two weeks, according to a travel minister. While tourists will be welcomed from European countries, Britons could be banned from visiting the areas in Spain.

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The coronavirus crisis has caused countries across the world to go into a lockdown, in a bit to combat the disease.

Travel bans have meant many people have only been able to move between countries if it is absolutely essential.

However, policies in Spain are thought to be relaxed from July 1, making it easier for tourists to visit.

In the Canary Islands, tourists could go even earlier with a scheme allowing visitors in just two weeks.

However, holidaymakers from Britain will not be among those allowed early access, according to Spain’s minister of industry, trade and tourism in Spain, Maria Reyes Maroto.

She spoke about the possibility of foreign tourists entering the Canary and Balearic Islands in just two weeks.

If a pilot is approved by the Spanish government, holidaymakers could visit the islands weeks before Spain officially reopens borders.

According to reports, the Spanish government had been discussing plans with holiday providers including Jet2holidays and TUI.

However, she explained tourists granted access are likely to come from other countries in Europe.

The minister said the first holidaymakers to arrive could be from Germany and the Nordic countries, stating “at this moment at time their epidemiological situations are very good”.

Concerns about the current state of the coronavirus crisis in the UK could stop Britons from being allowed to visit.

Maria continued: “There the health situation still has to improve. For us, it is important to guarantee that people arrive healthy and leave healthy.”

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The Balearics Islands regional government has been campaigning for a test run to welcome visitors on June 16.

It was announced Spain would welcome tourists again as the coronavirus pandemic improved in the country.

Visitors can visit from July 1, although they will need to follow strict health rules including taking tests.

Britons hoping to travel to the Canary Islands could be asked to take a coronavirus test before leaving the UK.

Vice-president of the Government of the Canary Islands and Minister of the Treasury, Román Rodríguez said this will reduce the risk of infection for everyone.

He said: “We need people who get on the plane to do so with the least possible risk of infecting others or becoming infected.”

Britons may also be asked to quarantine for six hours when they arrive in Spain to ensure they don’t have any symptoms.

Additional reporting by Gerard Couzens

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Google Maps: Bizarre glowing object sparks UFO concerns

Google Maps Street View is a useful tool where users can see some of the world’s best landmarks. From the Eiffel Tower to The Empire State Building, Google Maps has it all. However while users navigate the world online, they have also uncovered some of the most bizarre sightings like this one in Romania.

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Eagle-eyed viewers have spotted what they claim to be a UFO hidden in a forest in Romania, just outside Timisoara.

Many have claimed that it could be a sign of extraterrestrial activity.

At first glance, the object is in a desolate area in the middle of a forest with trees surrounding.

The bizarre object is white and shaped almost like a spaceship with small holes around the edge.

The circular disks are what made people question if what they were seeing was a UFO.

Also because the spaceship-like object is in the middle of a forest surrounded by trees, people questioned why there was no human life around.

At closer inspection, it appears to be a water tower instead of a vehicle from outer space.

However, this didn’t stop users creating up their own ideas of what they thought it was.

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One user on Google wrote: “Amazing. Its Real, Been There And Seen It.”

However another said: “It is just a water filtering facility built in the architectural style of Wiener Secession.”

The image went viral and has been called Alien UFO Resort on the destination on Google Maps.

This isn’t the first time something strange has been spotted on Google Maps.

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Another image that left users with supernatural concerns was that in Florida.

This bizarre scene takes place in a desolate area just outside of the Bermuda Triangle.

A Google Maps user reported the mysterious “UFO” sighting onto Reddit.

Reddit is a forum in which people share their weird and wonderful sightings with each other.

Even when zoomed in, it’s hard to identify what the object exactly is as half of the object is missing.

The object was spotted in the Big Cypress National Preserve, which is located in southern Florida.

This is an area just outside of the Bermuda Triangle, an area of the North Atlantic Ocean.

The Bermuda Triangle has long been associated with mysterious aircraft and bizarre sightings with some users claiming that they have seen aliens.

One Reddit user described this sighting as a “UFO sighting” because it is almost impossible to identify how far away the object is from the camera and it is definitely an object that is flying.

However another user suggested that it was simply a “butterfly” and that it only sparks supernatural concerns because half of the object is missing, meaning it is hard to identify it.

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Holiday parks open: When can we go on holiday in the UK?

Holiday parks are looming in people’s minds now the weather has started to warm up. With many Britons hesitant to travel abroad as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact other countries, more people are seeking staycations this summer. So when can you go on holiday in the UK?

This week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced retailers in England will be able to open so long as they are COVID-secure next month.

Mr Johnson said outdoor markets and showrooms will be able to start trading from June 1.

All other non-essential retailers including shops selling clothes, books and electronics can follow suit from June 15.

Employers will face “spot checks” to make sure they are implementing social distancing and have been told they must undertake a risk assessment after consultation with trade unions and workers.

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As layers of the lockdown restrictions are eased, many people’s minds are turning to summer holiday travel plans.

The UK travel sector has been hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic with turnover down by around 56 percent since last year.

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) turnover in the travel industry fell from £2.6 billion in March 2019 to £1.2bn this year as lockdown took hold.

Millions of people would be looking to book after the crisis has passed, but many have expressed concerns about travelling abroad during the pandemic.

Instead, many holiday seekers are instead turning to Britain for their holidays this year.

Under current rules, day trips to outdoor spaces are permitted.

But taking any kind of overnight trip, including a visit to a second home is not allowed.

Hotels, bed and breakfasts and holiday parks are still closed.

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The next phase of easing lockdown rules will begin from June 1 with primary school pupils returning to school and some shops opening.

All non-essential retail operators will open from June 15 as long as they are maintaining safety measures.

A larger overarching change is expected from July 4, just in time for the summer holidays, when the hospital industry might be able to start operating again, assuming that acceptable social distancing can be introduced.

It is thought some tourist sites and leisure attractions may also open at that time.

Polices at individual holiday park companies will vary and may be subject to change in the coming weeks.

Many believe once pubs and restaurants begin to reopen, there is also likely to a relaxation of restrictions on camping, caravanning and holiday cottages.

When reopening most will need to institute social distancing measures as well as likely be subject to deep cleaning regimes.

As yet the Government has made no indication as to when holiday accommodation operators might be able to operate again.

Restrictions are much tighter in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with Scotland only beginning to ease lockdown on May 28 so holiday parks in these areas might open even later than these estimates.

The biggest holiday park companies in the UK are Haven, Pontins, Haulfryn and Parkdean Resorts.

Haven has said it will remain closed until July 2, but from that time will be open, subject to Government guidance.

Pontins will remain closed until next year, whether or not lockdown restrictions are lifted in the coming weeks.

Haulfryn has not confirmed a date when it intends to reopen, but has said it will following the advice from the Government.

Parkdean Resorts will reopen from July 6, but has said this date is subject to Government restrictions.

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Google Maps: Users left terrified when they spot this man – what is wrong with him?

Google Maps Street View is one of the most popular tools that users can use to see the world’s most popular landmarks. From visiting the Empire State Building to the Eiffel Tower, Google Maps allows you to visit these destinations just by a click of the button. However, it has also been used to uncover some of the world’s most weird and wonderful scenarios. One bizarre sighting left Google Maps users shocked by a man’s terrifying incident.

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The scene unfolds in Sweden, in what appears to be by the side of a river or a lake.

The man is sitting on the pebbles that are by the side of the water and he appears to be dipping his feet into the water.

Sunshine is shining overhead, and nothing seems to be out-of-the-ordinary.

However, the man’s head is missing from the shot completely, and you can only see part of his hair.

His body is also visible with his knees bent up and he is leaning his arms on his legs.

An eagle-eyed Reddit user posted his photo and wrote: “U good mate?”

He is dressed in a navy t-shirt as well as navy bottoms with a red stripe.

Part of the man’s back is also missing and you can see the clear water through his back.

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However his face has completely disappeared and is nowhere to be seen.

Although there may be a rational explanation for this bizarre sighting caught on Street View.

Glitches appear to be very common on Google Maps Street View for many reasons.

Google Maps creates the images by stitching together the 360 degree image sets submitted be users, meaning small errors can occur in the stitching.

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Glitches are therefore very common on the site.

The camera must have taken one image when the man was still and then took an adjacent one when the man was moving.

Another bizarre scene was captured in a desolate area of Florida, just outside of the Bermuda Triangle.

A Google Maps user reported the mysterious “UFO” sighting onto Reddit.

Even when zoomed in, it’s hard to identify what the object exactly is, with it sparking supernatural concerns online.

The oval shape is different colours but half of it has been cut off, again another stitching problem.

One user suggested that it was simply a “butterfly” and that it only sparks supernatural concerns because half of the object is missing, meaning it is hard to identify it.

There is no rational explanation for what the weird shaped object actually is and one user on Reddit suggested that an insect scientist should answer the question.

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Adventure holidays: Dive in to the coolest underwater wonders

For those who do want to enjoy a spot of diving or snorkelling, you can find weird and wonderful sites ranging from ancient cities to sunken Boeing aircraft. Prepare for a dose of wanderlust as we take a look at the world’s coolest underwater attractions…

1. DOS OJOS CENOTE, MEXICO

The “Two Eyes Cenote” has earned its name thanks to two sinkholes that form the cenote, joined by a 1,300ft-long passageway. It’s also one of Mexico’s largest underwater cave systems.

There’s an impressive amount of light that reaches the waters making them crystal-clear, and therefore a big hit with snorkelling and diving fans. cenotesmexico.org

2. SHICHENG, CHINA

Dubbed the “Atlantis of the East”, Shicheng is an ancient city which sits about 85-130ft below the surface. Once a thriving city, the valley in which it is located was flooded more than 1,300 years ago.

It’s a popular diving site, mainly because the water has protected the stone architecture from wind and sun erosion. Nowadays you can take guided tours to get close to the ruins, although you will need to be a good diver for this one. cnto.org.uk

3. ITHAA UNDERSEA RESTAURANT, THE MALDIVES

The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island hotel offers up a dining experience unlike any other – right in those picture-perfect ocean waters the Maldives are renowned for.The restaurant sits under the sea and has glass walls and ceiling so diners can take in views of the marine life that thrives around the shores, as well as the eye-catching coral gardens. conradmaldives.com

4. DIVE BAHRAIN

Bahrain’s new underwater museum opened in 2019 and features a sunken Boeing 747 jet for divers to explore.

The 230ft-long plane was submerged underwater on purpose, as part of the new attraction which will also boast 25 acres of activities and trails for divers, ranging from colourful artificial reefs to underwater sculptures.

One diver shared a video as he explored the site and while it doesn’t have much marine life at the moment, it’s still pretty impressive. divebahrain.com

5. CANCUN UNDERWATER MUSEUM OF ART, MEXICO

Usually art museums involve large galleries you wander through – but this one is completely submerged under water, so you’ll need to dive down and swim along.

There are more than 500 life-size sculptures to discover, all of which have been built to promote coral life.

You can explore through snorkelling and diving, but if you don’t want to get in the water there are glass-bottom-boat tours that offer a glimpse of the artwork. musamexico.org

6. SWEEPSTAKES SHIPWRECK, CANADA

Lake Huron in Ontario is where you’ll find the shipwreck of Sweepstakes, a schooner that hit a rock near Cove Island. It was towed to the nearby lake where it sank in the shallow water.

Nowadays you can snorkel or dive to get up close, while the picture-perfect landscape around the lake is worth a visit alone. ontariotravel.net

7. UNDERWATER WATERFALL, MAURITIUS

On the island’s southwestern coast sits a spectacular underwater waterfall. It’s actually the result of sand and silt on the ocean floor forming an illusion of a waterfall – but the strong currents mean this one is best admired from afar.

If you want to witness the natural phenomenon then you won’t be getting into the water – the best way to see it is from the air, and there are plenty of seaplane and helicopter tours on offer. tourismmauritius.mu

8. THE GREEN LAKE, AUSTRIA

In the winter, the lake has depths of around 3-6ft, and is surrounded by a picturesque park.

However, come summertime, as the surrounding mountain ice melts, the lake fills up and the park is submerged, creating depths of up to 40ft. Oh, and thanks to the lush landscape, the waters boast a dazzling emerald green shade. austria.info

9. SCULPTURE PARK, GRENADA

This underwater gallery of sculptures sits in a marine-protected area, and the striking artworks double up as artificial reefs, drawing in an impressive array of marine life.

There are heaps of sculptures of life-size people in various activities, from sitting at a desk in front of a typewriter to a circle of children playing a game. puregrenada.com

10. UNDERWATER POST OFFICE, VANUATU

Forget writing a traditional postcard – at the Hideaway Island marine sanctuary in the South Pacific you can send special waterproof messages to your loved ones from the underwater post office.

The hotspot is available to snorkellers and divers, and it makes for a quirky photo opp too. vanuatu.travel/au/

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Pound to euro exchange rate: GBP ‘trades in tight range’ as focus remains on coronavirus

The pound to euro exchange rate showed little movement yesterday. GBP “traded within a tight range” against the common currency. New PMI data failed to spark a shift but attention remains on the tensions between China and the USA.

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Investors also continue to focus on the coronavirus pandemic.

There are currently over five million cases of the virus worldwide.

The UK has over 252,000 cases, trailing behind the US, Russia and Brazil – the only countries with more cases.

The pound is currently trading at 1.1171 against the euro, according to Bloomberg at the time of writing.

Michael Brown, currency expert at international payments and foreign exchange firm Caxton FX, spoke to Express.co.uk regarding the latest exchange rate figures this morning.

“Sterling traded within a tight range against the euro on Thursday,” said Brown.

“Markets shrugged off the latest round of PMI surveys pointing to a further economic contraction.

“They also continued to pay close attention to ever-increasing Sino-US tensions.”

Brown continued: “Today, those tensions, and the coronavirus itself, will remain the primary focuses of attention.

“However risk appetite is likely to remain depressed, pressuring the pound, ahead of the long weekend on both sides of the Atlantic.”

A number of counties across the planet are starting to relax their lockdown restrictions.

Some have even set dates for when they anticipate tourists will be able to return.

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However, British travellers cannot get excited about buying their holiday money quite yet.

Despite the easing lockdown rules in the UK, Britons are still unable to travel aboard.

Foreign travel is only permitted for “essential” reasons.

It is not yet known when this restriction will be lifted.

Many travel money services are on pause for now during the lockdown measures.

Britons are also advised not to swap their leftover currency back to pounds at this time.

 Ian Stafford-Taylor, CEO of currency exchange service Equals, advised: “If they can, holidaymakers might want to keep hold of their currency until their next trip and use it then.”

“For those using prepaid currency cards, they can spend their money back in the UK online or in stores, keep it for their next trip, or change it to a different currency altogether.”

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Turkey holidays: FCO issues urgent advice for Britons – are 2020 holidays safe?

Holidaymakers who are trapped in Turkey have been issued new advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on how to stay safe amid the country’s stringent coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown measures. UK officials have also issued an urgent warning for those considering a holiday to the hotspot.

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On Tuesday, the FCO added more information for Britons who may have found themselves stranded in Turkey as the country went into lockdown.

In order to ensure their safety, the FCO is urging Britons to follow the advice of local authorities, which includes a strict curfew with limiting exceptions.

The FCO website explains: “On 18 May, the Turkish Government announced a nationwide four-day curfew from 23-26 May.

“The existing on-going curfew also remains in place for those aged over 65, those born after 1 January 2000, and those who have a chronic medical condition.”

The only exceptions to the curfew are for certain age groups.

Children aged 14 and under will be allowed outside, within walking distance of their home, on 20 May between 11am and 3pm.

People aged between 15 and 20 years old will be allowed outside, within walking distance of their home, between 11am and 3pm on 22 May.

During the weekend curfew on 24 May, those aged over 65 will be allowed to walk outside between 2pm and 8pm.

Those aged between 18 and 20 and working in the public or private sector, or as a seasonal worker in the agriculture sector, can leave home if they have the necessary documents and permissions to show to the security forces.

Anyone hoping to leave home during this time must seek official permission.

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The FCO adds: “Beyond these exemptions, people in these categories must not leave their homes.”

Authorities in the country have also placed strict travel bans in and out of certain regions, which may make it difficult for Britons who are hoping to leave ands return to the UK.

“There are extremely limited international flights,” the FCO states.

“On 18 May, the Turkish government announced that existing travel restrictions, into and out of, the following cities will remain in place until midnight on 3 June: Ankara, Balıkesir, Bursa, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, İstanbul, İzmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Manisa, Sakarya, Samsun, Van, Zonguldak.

“People may be fined by the Turkish authorities if they try to travel into or out of these cities while travel restrictions are in place.”

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The FCO website details a full list of flights departing from some Turkish airports.

“If you are in the vicinity of any of the departure airports in Turkey, you should consider taking one of these flight options,” advises the FCO.

“You should also consider taking one of these flights if you are elsewhere in Turkey, but are able to travel to these airports.”

Britons who are hoping to plan a holiday to the region in the coming months are being warned to avoid all but “essential” travel.

With the UK currently imposing a 14-day travel ban for those arriving in the country from abroad, the future of holidays remains uncertain.

What’s more, the Turkish government has suggested that tourists may not be allowed back in the country before July, and EU tourists may be some of the last to reenter the country.

Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said: “The tourism sector itself has a vital role in terms of returning to normal processes.

“The importance of caring for our guests in our culture leads us to be ready for the transition to healthy tourism before everyone.”

The country will impose four key measures to determine whether tourism is safe.

These are mapped out in the country’s “healthy tourism certification” program and include “health and safety of the passenger”, “health and safety of the employee”, “precautions taken at facilities” and “precautions taken in terms of transportation vehicles.

Mr Ersoy added: “We, as the Republic of Turkey, are acting with a sense of responsibility in order to ensure both our citizens and our guests, arriving to our country, to feel comfortable during their visit.”

Britons should stay up-to-date with current advice from both the UK and Turkish government before booking a holiday in the coming months.

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Travel expert reveals five steps Britons must consider before booking a European holiday

Holidaymakers across the world have been left devastated as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic closes borders and shuts down flights, putting a stop to any imminent vacations. However, with some airlines suggesting they may be back in the air as early as July, many Britons may be keen to plan their next trip.

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Travel expert Simon Calder has reminded Britons of five key things to consider before booking a holiday.

“There is a whole sequence of things which basically means you, and I, and the viewers simply can not get anywhere abroad, except if it’s for a very good reason,” he told BBC News on Thursday.

He explained that, under the new government lockdown guidelines which were revealed as part of a 50-page plan, there are five key things that affect Britons jetting off abroad.

“There are five tests going on. The first one is ‘can you get to the airport?’. You can not in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland if it’s not for an essential purpose,” he said.

At the time of writing the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently has an advisory which is urging Britons to avoid all unessential travel for an “indefinite” period of time.

Simon continued: “Secondly, ‘can you go abroad?’

“The Foreign Office says no, again it’s urging against all but essential travel and that invalidates your travel insurance.

“Third thing, ‘is there going to be an airline that is prepared to take you?’

“Well, yes there is. Ryanair are stepping up their flights from July, TUI the big travel company says the same, British Airways and easyJet aren’t so certain.”

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Budget airline Ryanair has announced plans to return to 40 percent of normal flight scheduled from Wednesday July 1 2020.

The new plans are subject to Government restrictions on intra-EU flights being lifted, and effective public health measures being put in place at airports.

Ryanair will operate a daily flight schedule of almost 1,000 flights, restoring 90 percent of its pre-COVID-19 route network

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Simon added: “Fourth, and very critical, ‘is the destination going to let you in?’ Well, that’s a good question.

“Spain starts a two week mandatory quarantine for everybody. Two weeks of lockdown if you’re flying into Spain, that’s starting from tomorrow, but it is only going to be a limited duration.

“And then crucially, ‘what happens with the quarantine rules that we’ve been told about here?’

“So the fifth thing is, will you be able to tolerate the rules that are brought in by the government which will require almost everyone into the UK to go and isolate at home for two weeks.

“Much tougher than the current lockdown, you’ll be expected not to go out and police, apparently, can come round any time during that two weeks and if you are not there you are in trouble.”

The UK government’s quarantine plans have been slammed as “non-sensical” by Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary.

Appearing on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on May 12 he said: “I don’t think this 14-day isolation will be effective.”

Travel experts have also said that implementing this quarantine long-term will have a detrimental effect on the British travel and tourism industry.

Simon added: “The whole travel industry is desperate to know why those measures are being introduced, and furthermore when they are going to be introduced, and how long for, because of course, nobody rationally is going to be buying any travel at the moment when there is so much uncertainty about the future.”

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Spain holidays: FCO issue new warning for Britons with Spanish travel plans ahead

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its travel advice following some changes to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown measures being enforced in Spain.

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Spain enforced one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe after a State of Emergency (“Estado de Alarma”) was announced on 14 March.

Since then, in line with dropping cases and deaths due to the pandemic, the government has begun to slowly reintroduce more freedoms back into daily life.

On May 11 regions where the impact of the virus was lessening began to enter into “stage one” of loosened restrictions.

Restaurants and bars are being allowed to serve clients outdoors, shops selling non-essential items may reopen and private gatherings of 10 people or fewer can be held.

Members of the public have also been allowed to exercise outside.

More severely impacted regions and cities such as Madrid and Barcelona, must wait another week before similar steps may be considered.

Speaking to the nation on Saturday, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez urged Spaniards to act with “total caution and prudence”.

However, while the citizens of Spain may be rejoicing, for holidaymakers the dream of a vacation may be slipping further away.

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In a bid to protect the country, the Spanish government has implemented stricter measures for those crossing the border.

According to the latest FCO advice, which was updated on May 12: “Following further border restrictions, only Spanish citizens, those who are legally resident in Spain, frontier workers or those who can prove they need to enter Spain for essential reasons will be allowed to enter the country.

“Only green residency certificates will be accepted as proof of residency in Spain and British travellers who are not resident and/or not in possession of this certificate should not attempt to enter the country.

“Padron certificates, utility bills and property deeds will not be accepted by Spanish authorities as proof of residency.“

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The FCO adds: “You must meet the requirements in order to enter.

“From 15 May, additionally, international arrivals will need to self-isolate for 14 days.”

Self-isolation can be done in a person’s main residence or hotel.

British travellers who are not residents are also being urged not to travel to Gibraltar and attempt to enter Spain via the land frontier.

Any Britons who are currently in Spain are being advised to return home as soon as possible.

“British travellers who are currently in Spain and who wish to return to the UK will continue to be allowed to depart and are advised to make travel plans to do so as soon as possible,” the FCO advises.

Additionally, the UK government is advising Britons against all nonessential travel for an indefinite period of time.

Under current lockdown restrictions in the UK, both international and domestic holidays are banned.

The future of travel remains uncertain, however, some experts in Spain have suggested the country may welcome back tourism as early as August.

According to the FCO: “While no specific dates have been attributed to each phase, it is estimated that each one will last for an initial period of 2 weeks from May 4.

“Moving from one phase to another will be contingent on the control of the COVID-19 outbreak in Spain and different provinces and regions of Spain may progress at different speeds.”

Spanish tourism minister Reyes Maroto spoke to local newspaper El Pais, saying: “We have to guarantee, when international tourism opens, that the person who comes to Spain is a safe person…

“The issue of borders will be accompanied by the evolution of the health crisis.

“Therefore, I do not have the solution of when [they will be able to open].

“On how you will be able to enjoy our beaches, we are defining different scenarios.

“It is very important that the sanitary recommendations are maintained, we are going to have to internalise what we are already doing now, hand washing, social distancing … even on the beaches.

“Those patterns will be in our day to day for a time, you cannot take a step back.”

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Google Maps: Woman caught in painful position hiking Himalayas

Google Maps Street View often sends images viral, especially when they are funny and out of the ordinary. Google Maps is a great tool for navigating the planet and mapping your way to new destinations. However, the technology is also known for regular glitching leaving viewers amused and questioning if what they are seeing is real.

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One such glitch happened whilst a woman was hiking in the Himalayas.

One shocked user posted the image to Reddit to see if any other users had any idea if the image was a glitch or whether the woman had been caught in a painful position while hiking the Himalayas.

The Reddit user wrote: “Quite a contortionist.”

Glitches are very common on Google Maps Street View.

Google Maps creates the images by stitching together the 360 degree image sets submitted by users, meaning small errors can easily occur.

Glitches are therefore very common on the site.

This particular image showed a woman hiking the Himalayas and the Google camera has caught her in a position where her waist is twisted around the middle.

The top of her body is facing one way and her legs and feet are facing the other way.

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Google Maps Street View: Users stunned by chilling photo mystery – who is this man?

Parts of her body are also missing, making her look larger than she is.

This glitch can appear quite amusing before people work out the truth.

The man behind her also looks to be in an uncomfortable position.

It appears that he has an arm missing.

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It also looks like he is carrying something but because his arms appear to be caught in the glitch, the white object is very close to his body.

However this is just from one point of view and is a glitch that Google has created.

Another glitch that left viewers uncertain was one found in Toronto, Canada.

An image of a Range Rover with six wheels appeared on Reddit and left users questioning whether this modified car was real or not.

One eager user said: “That’s one of the cleanest glitches I’ve seen, almost looks real.”

When looked closely, the Range Rover appears to look real, with no part of the car missing.

If an object is captured whilst moving, it creates duplicates of the scene.

Should this happen, Google can end up glitching, sitting various parts of the object or person together in a weird way, appearing to be real.

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