Similar to action being taken in the UK, on Friday, October 9, the Spanish government declared a 15-day state of emergency in Madrid, and nine neighbouring cities, in an attempt to reduce the increasing number of Covid-19 cases.
While a state of emergency isn’t as severe as a lockdown, it does come with several restrictions that will be imposed on affected areas and could affect any Brits currently in, or considering a holiday, in the country. These restrictions include:
- A ban on leaving and entering Madrid and nine other cities for non-essential trips, although work, commercial activity, and trips to schools are exempt
- Avoiding social contact between different local areas
- Hotels and restaurants limited to 50% capacity and doors must shut at 23:00
- Businesses limited to 50% capacity and should shut by 22:00
- Family and social gatherings limited to six people
- Places of worship restricted to a third of normal attendance
While the UK currently advises against travel to Spain, we are aware that some holidaymakers are choosing to travel to the country regardless. It is worth knowing that if you do travel against government advice, the majority of travel insurance providers will not cover you.
Although there are a few travel insurance policies available that permit travelling against Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice, it’s worth being aware that these policies were not designed for domestic travel and therefore have some limitations to them. So, anyone considering buying one of these policies should check the policy wording carefully to make sure that they fully understand what is and is not covered.
We would strongly recommend that any Brits currently in Madrid or the nine cities affected by the state of emergency, contact their tour operator or travel provider, as well as their travel insurance provider to discuss their options.
Lastly, anyone travelling to areas affected by these restrictions should make themselves aware of the entry requirements and carry evidence of their reason for travel. For example, a certificate from an employer, proof of a medical appointment, or proof of onward journeys such as train or flight travel tickets.
It’s always best to follow the government advice, especially when it comes to travelling abroad. So, if you’re desperate to get away before the end of the year, why not visit one of the countries on the FCDO’s travel corridor?
With the likes of Italy, and parts of Greece, still open to British tourists, holidaymakers can still enjoy some sun safe in the knowledge that there are many travel insurance policies available to them, offering various levels of cover against the risk of catching Covid-19 both before or during their trip.
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For more information on countries that British tourists can travel to, without having to quarantine upon their return, click here.