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Spain Declares National State Of Emergency Over Coronavirus Outbreak

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain declared a second nationwide state of emergency Sunday and ordered an overnight curfew across the country in hopes of stemming a resurgence in coronavirus infections, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said.

The Socialist leader told the nation in a televised address that the extraordinary measure will go into effect on Sunday night.

Sánchez said that his government is using the state of emergency to impose an 11 p.m.-6 a.m. nationwide curfew, except in the Canary Islands.

Spain’s 19 regional leaders will have authority to set different hours for the curfew as long as they are stricter, close regional borders to travel and limit gatherings to six people who don’t live together, the prime minister said.

Residents wearing face mask protection are seen walking along an empty street in Pamplona, northern Spain, on Saturday.



Residents wearing face mask protection are seen walking along an empty street in Pamplona, northern Spain, on Saturday.

“The reality is that Europe and Spain are immersed in a

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  • October 25, 2020
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Splash! Virus spawns portable pool fad in Spain

SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — As pretty much everywhere else, the coronavirus pandemic has meant more time at home for Spaniards. For many of those furloughed or out of business it has also meant less income and no way to afford a vacation to escape the sweltering temperatures of the Spanish summer.

Searching for a solution to keep cool, portable pools have become the newest fad, taking over backyards, terraces, communal patios and even the streets of Seville in the country’s south.

Sales of all portable pools, including the cheapest inflatable models, started this year as early as May, when Spain was still in the middle of a strict lockdown and few feared that their summer would mean they would be confined at home. By June, most models had sold out from shopping malls and online websites.

Javier Salcedo, a 44-year-old construction manager in Seville, decided to purchase a sturdy model,

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  • August 23, 2020
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On The Beach defends decision not to refund flights to Spain after Foreign Office travel warning

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EPA

On The Beach is refusing to back down on its decision not to refund flights if customers cancel holidays to Spain as a result of a change in the Foreign Office (FCO) advice.

The online holiday company has said that it will refund travellers’ accommodation and transfer costs but not their air fare if the flight goes ahead as scheduled.

Most tour operators, such as Tui and Jet2 Holidays, have been automatically cancelling package holidays to destinations where the FCO advises against all international travel, and refunding customers in full.

However, On The Beach CEO Simon Cooper said in a statement that: “Industry practice, mainly driven by Abta’s historic guidance, has been to treat the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) as a trigger for full cancellation and refund rights for customers.

“Industry practice is, by its definition, ‘the usual thing that is done in a particular situation’, but it

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  • August 17, 2020
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Airbnb restricts under-25s from booking entire rooms in UK, France and Spain

The company hopes to 'protect local communities' with its decision - AFP/LIONEL BONAVENTURE
The company hopes to ‘protect local communities’ with its decision – AFP/LIONEL BONAVENTURE

Airbnb has banned under-25s with repeat negative reviews from hiring local homes through its platform in an attempt to cut down on unauthorised parties.

Trialling the initiative in Britain, France and Spain, the online lettings website announced it will prohibit anyone under the age of 25, who has less than three positive ratings, from renting entire homes nearby to where they live.

The move is hoped to limit anti-social behaviour within Airbnb listings, amid concern about events where social distancing measures have not been adhered to.

“The restriction is intended to protect local communities while still allowing younger guests to book listings outside of their local area,” Airbnb said in a statement.

Those with at least three positive reviews and no negative ones, or with long-term plans, are exempt from the restriction, and all users can still

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  • August 14, 2020
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Online travel agents claim they can send holidaymakers to Spain against Foreign Office advice

People enjoy Magaluf beach in Mallorca. Britons are surprised at the abrupt announcement to impose a two-week quarantine on people travelling to the UK from Spain: Reuters
People enjoy Magaluf beach in Mallorca. Britons are surprised at the abrupt announcement to impose a two-week quarantine on people travelling to the UK from Spain: Reuters

Go on holiday against Foreign Office advice or lose some of your cash: that is the response of a leading online travel agent to the sudden government warning against travel to Spain.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Britain’s mainstream travel industry shared a common convention: package holidaymakers should not be taken to a country against Foreign Office advice.

Standard travel insurance policies have a clause saying they do not apply if the holidaymaker goes to a country against official advice.

Once an FCO warning is issued, traditionally the only room for discussion is: should British holidaymakers be fly home immediately?

But since the unexpected warning on 25 July 2020 against travel to mainland Spain, followed two days later by the Spanish islands, with mandatory

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Most Britons support Spain quarantine, poll reveals

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ibiza – istock

The majority of Britons agree with the Government’s decision to reinstate quarantine restrictions on arrivals from Spain, with 84 per cent expressing support for the decision, according to a new YouGov poll.

Just 31 per cent of those surveyed believe more warning should have been given before the sudden announcement last Saturday, while 56 per cent have said they remain unsympathetic towards those who have already departed for their Spanish holidays.

The research also reveals that 82 per cent of Spaniards believe the coronavirus situation in Spain is getting worse, in stark contrast to a survey in June when 89 per cent thought the situation was getting better.

It comes as Matt Hancock is expected to announce more changes to the FCO’s “safe list” tomorrow, including the possibility that more countries will join Spain in having their quarantine-exempt status reversed as a result of infection spikes.

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Germans flock to Spain after Britons banned

Quiet streets in Mallorca
Quiet streets in Mallorca

Travel website Trivago has revealed some interesting booking trends after the FCO advised Britons against all but essential trips to Spain.

While enquiries and searches for trips to the Mediterranean country drastically dropped within the UK between July 25-27, as would be expected, our European friends seem to have had a very different reaction to the news. 

In comparison, over the same dates, enquiries from other European countries increased by 55 per cent, while searches increased by 28 per cent. It would appear that a destination is more appealing to our neighbours once they know that we will be absent. 

The most keen to avoid Brits abroad? The Germans, where enquiries increased by an impressive 50 per cent. The Portuguese followed at 37 per cent, the French at 29 per cent and the Dutch at 10 per cent. It’s good to feel loved. 

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Can I cancel my holiday to Spain and will my travel insurance cover me?

View of Punta Ballena street in Magaluf, Baleares, Spain: EPA
View of Punta Ballena street in Magaluf, Baleares, Spain: EPA

All travellers from Spain to the UK must self-isolate at home for two weeks, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced.

In addition, the Foreign Office says Spain poses “an unacceptably high risk for British travellers,” and now advises against all non-essential travel to the whole country, including the Balearic and Canary Islands.

Travel insurance for British holidaymakers already in Spain will remain in effect; UK travellers in Spain are not being advised to leave.

But anyone travelling to the mainland against Foreign Office advice will find their policy is invalid.

The sudden moves, in response to several spikes of coronavirus infection in Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia, will affect several hundred thousand British people currently on holiday there.

A further two million people are estimated to be booked to travel from the UK to Spain in the next month alone;

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Foreign Office advises against all non-essential travel to Spain as cases jump by 6,000

People enjoy the sunny weather at Barceloneta beach, Spain - Nacho Doce / Reuters
People enjoy the sunny weather at Barceloneta beach, Spain – Nacho Doce / Reuters
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Coronavirus Article Bar with counter ..

The Foreign office is now advising against all non-essential travel to Spain – including the Balearic and Canary Islands.

On Saturday tens of thousands of British holidaymakers had their holidays thrown into disarray after the Government imposed an immediate two-week quarantine for anyone returning from mainland Spain.

The latest advice now includes the Balearic and Canary Islands and comes after the country logged 6,000 new cases over the weekend.

“We have considered the overall situation for British nationals travelling to and from the Balearic and Canary Islands, including the impact of the requirement to self-isolate on return to the UK, and concluded that we should advise British nationals against all non-essential travel to the whole of Spain,” an FCO spokesperson said in response to the changes.

Currently the Government does

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We need to build back trust, Spain says after UK quarantine blow

By Emma Pinedo and Nathan Allen

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain said on Monday it hoped to convince Britain to exempt the Balearic and Canary islands from a sudden quarantine, and other Spanish regions said they also felt unfairly penalised by the sweeping British move.

Britain on Saturday shocked Madrid, and holidaymakers, with an unexpected 14-day quarantine on travellers coming from Spain, citing a sudden jump in COVID-19 cases, in a blow to a tourist season already hanging on by a thread.

“We are sailing through waters whose maps and characteristics are unknown to us, what we have to do is to regain that confidence and that element of security that is essential for tourist activity”, Agriculture Minister Luis Planas told Antena 3 TV station.

Since ending its nationwide lockdown a month ago, Spain has been grappling with a rapid proliferation of new cases, with the infection rate approaching 1,000 a

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