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Is it safe to travel to Spain this summer? Latest Foreign Office advice and restrictions

Playa de Formentor, Mallorca, Spain: istock
Playa de Formentor, Mallorca, Spain: istock

As countries around the globe tentatively begin to relax restrictions on travel, the promise of tapas al fresco and long, lazy sun-filled days beside the sea come top of the travel wish-list for many tourists.

Spain has long topped the list as one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations, with more than 18 million British tourists visiting in 2019 – a fifth of the country’s overall total of nearly 84 million visitors, according to figures from the National Institute of Statistics.

But can British holidaymakers get there? And will we be welcome if we do?

Here’s all the information you need to know.

Am I allowed to travel to Spain from the UK?

At the moment, the Foreign Office is advising against all non-essential international travel – including to Spain.

The ban doesn’t make travel abroad “illegal” as such – but it does invalidate

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When, where and how will you be able to travel abroad in the summer of 2020?

Waiting game: passengers at Heathrow airport: Simon Calder
Waiting game: passengers at Heathrow airport: Simon Calder

UK holidaymakers will be able to travel abroad this summer – though it is not yet clear to which destinations.

At present a “double lock” effectively prevents most overseas travel. The Foreign Office advises against all but essential journeys abroad, while anyone returning to the UK faces two weeks of self-isolation.

The measures have already triggered the cancellation of millions of trips and stifled new outbound and inbound bookings.

But in the next few days the government will set out a list of countries for which both the Foreign Office warning and the quarantine requirement will be lifted.

These are the key questions and answers.

What is changing?

On Wednesday, 1 July, the government is expected to say that the current rules will be relaxed on 6 July for a range of destinations.

Simultaneously, the Foreign Office no-go warning and the need

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The best travel credit cards of 2020

Taking the family on trip? The right credit card can take the hassle out of your vacation.
Taking the family on trip? The right credit card can take the hassle out of your vacation.

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No matter where you want to go, or how you want to get there, using the right credit card can help make your trip smoother and, in certain cases, help it cost less. Credit card rewards and points can be used to offset the cost of your travel and hotel stays, or can even be redeemed for cash back to help you afford a few extra souvenirs.

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