Spain has declared a national state of emergency and imposed a night-time curfew in an attempt to reduce the number of Covid-19 infections.

The curfew, introduced on Sunday, October 25, restricts anyone from leaving their homes between the hours of 11pm and 6am.

The new measures apply to all Spanish regions, apart from the Canary Islands which has recently been added to the UK’s travel corridor as a result of its low infection rates. Tourists visiting the island will also no longer have to isolate upon their return to the UK.

As it stands, the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) currently advises against all but essential travel to mainland Spain, meaning British tourists will most likely not be covered by their travel insurance provider if they travel against guidance and later submit a claim. However, those travelling to the Canary Islands will continue to be covered all while the FCDO advice remains the same.

We’re all very aware of just how quickly FCDO advice can change and how swiftly countries can be removed (or added) to the travel corridor. Because of this, we would recommend those looking to enjoy a break in the Canary Islands book with a holiday provider that offers an extra level of protection, for example, flexibility to change travel dates, just in case the trip is not able to go ahead.

Holidaymakers should also check their booking terms and conditions or contact their holiday provider for more information on this matter.

It’s also worth knowing that if the FCDO does change its advice while British tourists are abroad (e.g. while in Tenerife), most travel insurers will continue to provide cover until they can return home – unless the trip exceeds 28 days.

For more information on what cover is available should the FCDO change its advice while you’re abroad click here.