Spain coronavirus: FCO advises against all but essential travel – what should you do?
Coronavirus fears have caused travel bans being put in place across the world. The FCO has issued an update for anyone who set to travel to Spain in the near future. They also offered advise for Britons already in the country.
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What is the latest advice?
Earlier this week, coronavirus cases in Spain started to rise dramatically.
This caused the country to be put into a state of emergency with schools, restaurants and bars closed.
Following the announcement, the FCO had warned against all but essential travel to four regions of the country.
However, the warning has now been updated and is set to impact even more people hoping to travel.
The FCO website said: “Due to Spain declaring a State of Emergency on 14 March, which imposes significant restrictions on movement throughout the country in response to the coronavirus outbreak, we are now advising against all but essential travel to Spain.”
The update now advises travellers not to head to any part of the country.
This includes the whole of mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands.
The announcement is sure to impact many holidaymakers who were planning to travel to the country.
Those hoping to visit Spain are being urged to contact their airlines and tour operators, according to FCO.
Britons who are currently in Spain are also advised to contact airlines and operators and to follow the instructions given by local authorities.
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Although the travel restrictions have been advised, airports are to remain open.
Some flights will continue to operate although they will do so at a reduced level.
Those currently in Spain are being urged to remain at home as much as possible.
The growing health risk has also caused public gatherings in Spain to be banned.
More than 300,000 bars and restaurants in Spain have been closed today following the state of emergency.
These closures are thought to last for at least 15 days.
Schools and universities across the country have also been closed.
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